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Written by Kelly Sheehy, Content Specialist, Downtown Main Library

Sometimes kids ask questions that are hard to answer. And it's best to answer their questions with words they understand. That’s why our Library staff teamed up to put together a new Storytime at Home series, Important Conversations. This video series is hosted on our YouTube channel featuring storytimes with beloved Library staff that tackle a variety of subjects like conflict, racism, death, feeling sad, and more.  
 
Through carefully selected books, empathetic songs, and even the use of a puppet or two, we're helping parents and caregivers make these topics understandable for young minds. We’ve also curated some resources to continue the conversation once the storytime is over.  

We’ll be adding new Important Conversation videos frequently, so be sure to check back. Here are a few our Librarians have created so far just for you and your family. 

Autism 

Booklist

Additional resources 

How to Talk to Your Child About Their Neurodiversity from The Mighty 

Autism Spectrum Disorder from KidsHealth 
 

Conflict 

Booklist 

Additional resources 

The "Making Space" online video series by Christian Robinson, especially Making Space: Anger 

Helping Kids Resolve Conflict video from Sesame Street in Communities 

5 Strategies to Help Kids Resolve Conflict from PBS.org 
 

Death of a Pet 

Booklist 

Additional resources 

Death of Pets: Talking to Children from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 

 

Don’t Touch My Hair 

Booklist

Additional resources 

How to Teach Children about Cultural Awareness and Diversity from PBS.org 

Good Hair; film by Chris Rock 

“Natural Hair” playlist from The Chic Natural 

“Natural Hairstyles” and “Healthy Hair Tips” playlists from NaturalNeiicey 
 

Feeling Sick 

Booklist (Coming soon!) 

Additional resources 

Talking with Children About the Serious Illness of a Family Member from Bright Horizons 

Talking to Your Child about lllness from AboutKidsHealth 

Talking with Children and Youth About Serious Illness from Canadian Virtual Hospice 

Watch the entire CNN/Sesame Street coronavirus town hall from CNN 
 

Marching to Make a Difference 

Booklist

Additional resources 

Early Childhood Resilience Tip Sheets from Joining Forces for Children 

After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network 

How to Talk to Your Kids About Injustice, Racism, and Protests from Healthline 

Social Justice Resources from The Children’s Community School 
 

Whiteness and Racism 

Booklist 

Additional resources 

How White Parents Can Talk to Their Kids About Race from NPR 

They’re Not Too Young to Talk About Race: An Infographic by The Children’s Community School 

Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice by Dana Williams 

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