This resource is an anthology that includes inspiring stories about social justice teaching with young children. It is divided into the following seven main parts that relate to specific teaching practices: prioritizing anti-bias teaching; making ample time for play; using approaches responsive to children’s developmental and intellectual pursuits; cultivating a sense of place and a connection to other creatures of Earth; emphasizing children’s social-emotional learning; learning from and standing with families; and advocating for children, families, and childcare workers. There is a separate in-depth section on helpful resources. Among the contributors are childcare teachers, early-grade public school teachers, scholars, and parents.
A grandmother and her granddaughter fly over New York City, noticing geographic features, circling the Statue of Liberty, and visiting relatives at work. Throughout, Spanish phrases are sprinkled in and translated directly or in context. A glossary for the Spanish words, including pronunciations, appears on the last page of the book.
When she and her family move from Mexico to the United States, eight-year-old Ana helps her mother adjust to the new situation by encouraging her to learn English. The book show how a family pulls together to make its new surroundings "home."
While on a school field trip to an orchard to make cider, a young Muslim immigrant gains self-confidence when the green apple she picks perfectly complements the other students' red apples. Her first-person narration gives the story authenticity, making readers privy to a newcomer's observations of another culture, her feelings of shyness and confusion, her frustration at her isolation, in part related to the language barrier, and her pride in gaining a measure of acceptance.