RED STICK – On Wednesday, January 27, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System made history by becoming the first and only public school system in the country to have The Conscious Kid’s collection of children’s books in every public elementary school in the country. district.
This unique collection of 40 children’s books, curated by The conscious child, focuses on and celebrates diversity. The entire collection is written by Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and features BIPOC and LGBTQ + characters and stories.
The initiative is a partnership between Line4Line, Knock Knock Children’s Museum, the East Baton Rouge Parish Public Library, and the East Baton Rouge Parish Public School System in a concerted effort to support conversations about race, racism and resistance. In total, the four partner organizations distributed 2,280 books to 54 primary schools and four community centers.
Lucy Perera, director of community outreach programs at the Knock Knock Museum, told WBRZ: “These are books that celebrate the diversity of children who are in our schools. So the underlying idea is that children should be able to see themselves in books. “
To commemorate the delivery of the latest set of books, the four partner groups participated in a special handover ceremony Wednesday morning at Cedarcrest Southmoor Elementary School. In attendance included representatives from the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, EBR Parish Library System and representatives from Line4Line and the Knock Knock Children’s Museum.
These four organizations have expressed their commitment to eradicate racism in the Baton Rouge community. They believe that the new collection of books is a step towards achieving this goal.