News / Cultural Understanding in Early Childhood

There is a common belief that children do not see race.

Young children are curious, and they notice differences – just like they notice a stranger has a green shirt, they notice when people have a different skin or hair colour from their own.

However, they do not put any value on what this means until they learn and listen to a parent or those around them.

Australia is home to the world’s oldest continuous cultures and a population with a diverse cultural background.

As well as this one in four Australians were born overseas, 46% have at least one parent who was born overseas and, 20% of Australians speak a language other than English at home.

It is safe to say that Australians come in all shapes and sizes (and colours).

Young Australians are exposed to people with different cultural backgrounds from a very early age. However, this should not mean that we do not have to talk to them about it.

“Not talking about race causes children to come to a lot of harmful, problematic and factually inaccurate conclusions.”

 

Here is a collated list of books that can help facilitate a positive conversation about race with children:

  1. All the Colors We Are by Katie Kissinger

 

  1. A is for activist by Innosanto Nagara

 

  1. All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold & Suzanne Kaufman

 

  1. The Seven Sisters by Reggie Sultan

 

  1. Haboba’s House by Alia Gabres