Powerful Collection of Children’ Books to Make Positive Impact on EBR Elementary Students
On Wednesday, January 27, 2021, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System made history by being the first and only public school system in the country to have The Conscious Kid children’s book collection in every single public elementary school in the district. This profoundly unique collection of 40 children’s books is curated by The Conscious Kid and focuses on and celebrates diversity. The entire collection is written by Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and featuring BIPOC and LGBTQ+ characters and stories. Cedarcrest Southmoor Elementary School received the 54th and final set, ensuring every public elementary school student in East Baton Rouge has access to these life-affirming books.
The initiative is a partnership between Line4Line, Knock Knock Children’s Museum, the East Baton Rouge Parish Public Library, and theEast Baton Rouge Parish Public School System in a concerted effort to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance. In all, the four partner organizations distributed 2,280 books just in time for the students’ return to school after their Christmas Break.
Purpose of the Project
- Increase access to diverse books.
- Develop community awareness around the role diverse books play in supporting literacy.
- Counter racial bias by focusing on BIPOC characters and authors.
- Challenge racism by presenting new perspectives and sharing stories that have not been told.
- Help to disrupt systems that perpetuate inequality and inequity.
Baton Rouge’s LINE4LINE is a non-profit organization that seeks to close the achievement gap for Black young men by providing access to books and relatable mentors in a barbershop setting. In addition, the organization provides programming to support parents along with free tutoring, and summer and out of school programming. LINE4LINE allows for youths to build self-esteem through engaging in creative academic and workforce readiness programs while encouraging them to be agents of change in the community.
About The Conscious Kid:
The Conscious Kid is an education, research, and policy organization based in Southern California that dedicates its work to equity and promoting healthy racial identity development in youth while supporting organizations, families, and educators in taking action to disrupt racism in young children.