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Still doing the work, part 7

Happy Tuesday everyone! And even more, happy Election Day! We sure hope that you take the time to vote today, if you haven’t already. It is so important to make sure your voice, and your opinions, are heard! Get out and do it, you really won’t regret it.


Now to move on to our regularly scheduled blog post…


It has been a little while since we put out a post about how we are still doing the work to expose ourselves and our kiddos to cultures and people who are different than us, but that doesn’t mean we’re not still doing it. It just means, sometimes, we suck at actually sitting down to write about it, oops!


So, without further ado, I wanted to share another…. Wait for it…. BOOK that we’ve found and have come to love. Is anyone surprised? Does anyone see a common theme in the Cardwell house? We love books, okay, and I’m not sorry.


This week, I wanted to share another one of the books that we got from Black Pearl Books when we made our order way back when. This one is a little more direct with the messaging and not so “find it masked within.” It is for sure aimed at an older audience than my (almost, insert cry emoji) 2-year-old, but I loved the idea of the book too much to leave it sitting behind in my cart until she was old enough.


I also don’t think it’s the worst thing to expose Addison to books and things that are maybe a little above her level of understanding. Exposure to these types of things will help her learn and understand them one day, so why not start now? The book still has beautiful illustrations and is one that she pulls off of her bookshelf to read at nap time or bedtime often, despite maybe not understanding exactly what it is saying.


The book is called “Antiracist Baby” by Ibram X. Kendi, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky.


Remember when I said it was a little more direct? Well, the title should for sure give that little tidbit of information away.


“Antiracist Baby” goes through nine steps that we can ALL follow to “make equity a reality.” And I say all because I really think this book is aimed for the parents as well. If we can learn a little along with our children, why wouldn’t we do that?


It rhymes and makes moving through the steps fun! It also presents steps that might cause you pause or open discussions and dialogue with your child. And that’s the goal, isn’t it? To talk about the hard stuff? To learn about it and grow? To do better? To make sure we are doing our part to raise open and accepting babies, who then raise even more open and accepting babies?


I love this book for that. And I love that Addison really enjoys it too.


So, if you’re looking for a way to put in the work in your own home, and love books as much as we do, I would highly recommend you check this one out. You can find it and order it from Amazon here and get it at your doorstep in 2 days. Win, win!


And, with the holidays just around the corner, this could make the perfect gift for your “still doing the work” friends or family members. Or (and better yet), a tongue-in-cheek gift for the ones that maybe need to put in the work…. Yep, I said it.


Happy learning and growing, friends. I’d love to know what you think if you decide to purchase it!

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