This reading guide is designed to accompany Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin’s picture book Click, Clack, Moo. We hold the belief that anti-racist practice is a process of learning (and unlearning) over time. Reading Is Resistance sees reading as an opportunity to seed deeper conversations and possibilities for action around racial justice in our communities.
Lesson content was written by Conlan Morgan and was designed to start and deepen anti-bias/anti-racist conversations in families and other learning communities. Editors were MaKenna Smith and Raina Christian.
ACTIVISM, ORGANIZING, ACTION, LABOR RIGHTS, JUSTICE,
THE READ ALOUD
After hearing typing sounds in his barn, Farmer Brown discovers that his cows have found a typewriter. Using the typewriter, the cows request things from Farmer Brown such as electric blankets to keep them warm at night. After Farmer Brown refuses, the cows go on strike, withholding their milk. Soon the hens join the strike and Farmer Brown is forced to negotiate. This picture book represents the power of organizing and collective action. Alone, each farm animal would be unable to obtain their demands, but solidarity amongst the entire farm supersedes the power of Farmer Brown.
FULL READING GUIDE (download here)
For the full reading guide including discussion questions based on anti-oppression capacity building, download below!