This reading guide is designed to accompany You Are a Beautiful Beginning by Nina Laden. 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 MaKenna Smith and was designed to start and deepen anti-bias/anti-racist conversations in families and other learning communities. Editors were Eli Porterfield and Olivia Horning.
IDENTITY, DIVERSITY, FRIENDSHIP, COMMUNITY, COURAGE
THE READ ALOUD
You Are a Beautiful Beginning is about the journey of life. It is about discovering one’s identity within themselves and their community.This story is about a little girl who goes on an adventure with her friends and discovers their individual identities along the way. We see the children are individuals from different backgrounds. They play together and welcome each other's differences. The book encourages readers to have a positive outlook and find their potential. It helps readers to embrace diversity in a positive way and encourages them to be different.
FULL READING GUIDE (download here)
For the full reading guide including discussion questions based on anti-oppression capacity building, download below!