Happiness– Self Portraits and Poems

Each week we curate an email subscription of themed stories, activities, videos, conversation points and more! Both last week’s and this week’s subscriptions include beautifully illustrated picture books about feeling Happy. 

We invited children to make a nature collage self-portrait and to write their own happiness poem , offering prompts to consider  what they love– people, places, play, favorite foods and more!

 

Sesame Street Special: Let’s Stand Up to Racism

“Sesame Workshop’s longstanding commitment to modeling inclusivity and addressing complex social issues continues this week with ‘The Power of We: A Sesame Street Special.’

Designed as a co-viewing experience for children and families, the special will address racism and help children learn ways to recognize and stand up to it. It will stream on HBO Max and PBS KIDS starting, Thursday, October 15, and debut on PBS stations the same day. The special will re-air throughout October and November on PBS stations and the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel (check local listings).

“The Power of We” features Elmo and Abby Cadabby, who are joined by 6-year-old Muppet Gabrielle and her cousin, 8-year-old Tamir, as they learn how to become “upstanders” to unfair treatment based on skin – or fur – color. Current and former Sesame Street cast members Alan, Charlie, Chris, and Gordon will also take part in the special alongside celebrity and musical guests Yara Shahidi, Christopher Jackson, and Andra Day.

We hope you will join us for ‘The Power of We,’ which is designed for families of all shapes, sizes, and colors. To continue meaningful conversations about racism with children in your life, check out our family viewing guide at SesameStreet.org/PowerofWe.

If you have any questions about ‘The Power of We’ or any Sesame Workshop programming, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

-Your friends at Sesame Workshop”

Children’s Picture Book “Fry Bread” Dispels Myths and Counteracts Stereotypes

In honor of Indigenous People’s Day, check out this illuminating interview with Kevin Noble Maillard, author of the wonderful picture book, Fry Bread, A Native American Family Story. 

In this interview, Mallard’s 7 year-old son reads a portion of the book his dad wrote with him in mind! 

  Listen to Maillard read Fry Bread.       Borrow Fry Bread from MCL.      Purchase Fry Bread.

Let’s Rise, Lead & Protect the Young

The most important and revolutionary work in this world is building, repairing and caring for our relationships – caring for the young, old, healthy & sick. The kind of work that has been primarily women’s work, and because of capitalism and male domination, it’s been undervalued, undermined and made invisible. It’s becoming more and more clear that caring for the planet and healing racial and class injustice in our communities depends on the hundreds of small things we do as parents, friends, coworkers and neighbors.” – Kathryn Gardner,  RSMT,  re-evaluation counselor.

Here’s a timely poem by the esteemed novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist, Alice Walker.

Calling All Grandmothers

We have to live
differently

or we
will die
in the same

old ways.

Therefore
I call on all Grand Mothers
everywhere
on the planet
to rise
and take your place
in the leadership
of the world

Come out
of the kitchen
out of the
fields
out of the
beauty parlors
out of the
television

Step forward
& assume
the role
for which
you were
created:
To lead humanity
to health, happiness
& sanity.

I call on
all the
Grand Mothers
of Earth
& every person
who possesses
the Grand Mother
spirit
of respect for
life
&
protection of
the young
to rise
& lead.
The life of
our species
depends
on it.

& I call on all men
of Earth
to gracefully
and
gratefully

stand aside
& let them
(let us)
do so.