Parenting for Social Justice

Tips, Tools, and Inspiration for Conversations and Action with Kids

In Parenting 4 Social Justice: Tips, Tools and Inspiration for Conversation & Action with Kids, authored by Angela Berkfield and 5 co-authors, social justice issues are presented through the lens of the authors’ personal experiences both growing up and as parents. The honest stories and ideas prepare caregivers to initiate age-appropriate and engaging conversations with kids about social justice. Dialogues between parents and children are illustrated with eye-catching comic strips by illustrator Brittney Washington. There are many ideas for taking action with kids: from making protest signs and attending a local march, to trying healing meditations and consciously connecting with people to make change. Stories from diverse parents across the US are woven into the chapters on race, class, gender, disability, and collective liberation. The book includes an extensive resource list and kids’ book list. The website includes reviews, excerpts, bios, book images, resource & book lists, a blog, press about the book, and where to buy the book.

Looking for support in talking with kids about issues like immigration, racism, homelessness, and gender identity? Parenting 4 Social Justice offers parents a creative roadmap for raising social justice-minded kids. 

Advance Praise

Parenting for Social Justice is a great tool for parents committed to breaking the silence about “isms” in our society, bringing together a rich collection of resources, real-life examples, and guided opportunities for reflection. Wherever you are in your social justice journey, there is something here for you to learn!”
Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D., author, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race

“As a parent, doing my best to bring social justice values into the heart of my family culture and kids’ lives, reading and applying the wisdom of this book, is vital. Both for what I bring to my relationship with my boys, but also for helping me and my kids join with our communities to take action for, fight for, and win social justice campaigns and collective liberation values in society.”
Chris Crass, author of Towards Collective Liberation and Towards the “Other America” (from the Foreword)

“If we have any hope of changing the world, and earning our right to remain here, we are required to change our parenting. Instead of parenting towards a “norm” that keeps our children functional inside of supremacy, our call, our covenant with the earth, must be to prepare our children to shape change. I encourage you to read this important and timely book with an orientation of humility in the journey.”
Autumn Brown, co-host of the podcast How to Survive the End of the World (from the Foreword)

Parenting 4 Social Justice is an excellent resource for preparing young people to survive, thrive, build community and work for justice. It gives adults the tools they need to combine their love for our children with their love for the world. The authors’ stories are honest and insightful, the conversation examples are helpful and reassuring, the reading/listening/watching resources are invaluable, and the taking action suggestions are varied and doable. I’m excited to recommend this book to everyone who hangs out with young people and can’t wait to give out copies to parents, teachers, and youth workers I know.”
Paul Kivel, educator, activist, author of Uprooting Racism and Boys Will Be Men: Raising Our Sons for Courage, Caring and Community

“In this time of radical uncertainty and change, when nearly every day I ask myself ‘yes, but what can I DO?’ this book arrived at my door as a road map, a grounding rod, and a much-needed guide for how to craft conversations and take action. I’m a better parent, caregiver, and human because of this book, whose pages contain the seeds for an equitable, bright and beautiful future.”
Robin MacArthur, author of Half Wild (Stories) and Heart Spring Mountain; parent of children ages 8 & 11 

“At an historic moment when we are reckoning at a global scale with the rise of the right, the deep inequities of racialized patriarchal capitalism, white supremacy, anti-blackness and misogyny amidst a horrific global pandemic and inspiring widespread Black-led uprisings for justice, Parenting 4 Social Justice` is a welcome resource for those of us who are striving to equip our children to understand and process the state of the world around them, to engage and take action as young people today, and to prepare them for the future that lays ahead of them.”
Sha Grogan-Brown, anti-racist, white, queer, trans dad of a 5-year-old

“Young children begin to form their ideas about who they are and about diversity among people at an early age. This learning process is deeply influenced by the prejudices that circulate in our society. Parenting 4 Social Justice offers numerous ways for families to raise children who have empathy for people across our many kinds of diversity, and have tools for standing up for fairness and justice.”
Louise Derman-Sparks, author of Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves

Parenting 4 Social Justice offers parents a creative roadmap for raising socially-minded kids. Through the book’s realistic prompts and examples of actual conversations, parents can learn to navigate and embrace talking (and taking action!) with their children on topics that may be uncomfortable but are timely and needed.”
Shonda Smith, Black woman (she/her/hers) raised in Brooklyn, now planted in NJ, parent of a 17-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son

Parenting 4 Social Justice helped me tackle the difficult conversations I wanted to have with my children but didn’t know how to get started. It made me think on a fundamental level about my own beliefs on race, class, gender, ability, capitalism and so much more (along with their interconnections). I got lost in the stories and perspectives and ended up realizing this is much more than tips to help kids, it is just as much a guidebook for adults to reflect on these issues as well. Highly recommended!”
Stevie, heterosexual, middle-class- raised parent to kids ages 11 and 7

“As a mother and social justice advocate, I’m often asked the ‘hows’ of raising socially conscious children by parents. Parenting 4 Social Justice is an incredible and heartfelt guide to intentional parenting, that teaches individuals how to raise a new generation of young activists.”
Iliah Grant Altoro, writer, activist, traveler, and mother to three badass critical thinkers. She is the founder of Negra Bohemian, a community dedicated to revolutionary mothering, intentional travel, raising global learners, and decolonized faith.

Reviews & Media

“A must-have in the field of anti-bias education. This work gives ideas for having conversations with young people about social justice and putting knowledge into action.” —Library Journal

Yes! Magazine feature
Talk to Your Kids (and Other Parents) About Racism (link)



Link to article about Angela and her work in Vermont Psychology

“Angela has led workshops on a wide variety of subjects, including race and class (see the short video clip below of Angela discussing her work leading Cross-Class Dialogue Circles), and created curricula for parents and teachers on these same topics. Most importantly, she writes and facilitates discussions for parents around how to incorporate these critical social justice issues into their parenting. The first few years of a child’s life are formative and influential, so parents who are able to engage with young people around social justice topics at a young age have the potential to raise a generation who are more aware of oppression and less apt to continue such harmful cycles. As Issa Nyaphaga articulated, “[M]y mother was my hero, my mentor, my art teacher, my life coach.” (2018, January 30) Ideally, parents can coach their children into creating a better world.”
Anne Koplinka-Loehr, writer, educator, social justice activist

Email Angela for workshop information; or video appearances.


About the Author/Editors/Contributors:
Author Angela Berkfield has taught in a variety of settings over the past two decades and is a co-founder of the Root Social Justice Center, ACT for Social Justice, and Equity Solutions. Chrissy Colón Bradt serves as an educator and Director of Equity and Inclusion at an independent school and is on the board of The Courage of Care Coalition and the Root Social Justice Center. Rowan Parker currently works in Early Intervention as a Developmental Specialist and his favorite part of the job is helping parents learn to understand and work with their children. Abigail Healey is an early childhood educator and she engages her children and the children she works with in asking big questions, justice, and change-making. Leila Raven served as the Executive Director of DC-based grassroots organization Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS), where she used advocacy, education, and arts activism to build community-based, non-criminal solutions to addressing gendered violence and state violence in public spaces. One of Jaimie Lynn Kessell‘s life goals is to raise her 3 children with the knowledge necessary not only to propel themselves out of poverty but to help create a world in which all people have access to what they need to thrive.

Illustrated by Brittney Washington
Brittney Washington is a Southern Queer Black Artist + Mama + Doula + Strategist + Troublemaker. She is known for her work to disrupt the power arrangements that maintain structural racism and othering. Her multidisciplinary approach is designed with the understanding that we all have different entry points into politicization and social justice movements. As an artist, she uses painting, illustration, and filmmaking to contribute to a broader spectrum of human experience in media, to decolonize our ideas of normality, and to invite radical empathy across difference. Brittney is currently based in Washington, DC working with organizations such as Service to Justice, Miriam’s Kitchen, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, and SPACES—not to mention radical artists and community leaders. She has created illustrations for Teaching for Change, Cop Watch, Black Lives Matter DC, Many Languages One Voice (MLOV), The DC Initiative on Racial Equity in Governments, independent authors, and more.
Here is a sample of Brittney’s work in the book:

Parenting for Social Justice: Tips, Tools, and Inspiration for Conversations and Action with Kids
by Angela Berkfield with Chrissy Colón Bradt, Jaimie Lynn Kessell, Leila Raven, Abigail Healey, and Rowan Parker. Illustrated by Brittney Washington.
380 PAGES, 7.0 X 9.0
PRICE:  $21.95 (CA $29.95)
ISBN: 9781950584109

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