Welcome to The Conscious Kid National Children’s Social Justice Library! We are a custom library subscription service for diverse children’s books featuring empowering & authentic depictions of characters from underrepresented & oppressed groups. Parents, educators, librarians & youth-serving organizations can subscribe to the library & the books will be shipped directly to their home or classroom at the beginning of each month. At the end of each month, subscribers mail the books back & a new shipment of diverse books will arrive. The library serves ages 0-18 & book selections are customized based on age/grade/reading level and identities or interests.
The images and messages from children’s books have lifelong impacts on the way kids view themselves, their homes, communities & the world. Repeatedly exposing children to stereotypical or problematic representations of characters from oppressed groups, or books featuring primarily characters from dominant groups, can reinforce bias, stereotypes & discrimination. All of our books are curated to reduce bias & promote empowerment & are screened through: 1) critical analysis from experts across fields of race, education, child development & social justice 2) a panel of readers that reflect the marginalized populations represented in the books & 3) professional review.