Exploring the theme of liberation with children

From the Soul Matters program:

Liberation is about struggling against “others.” There are forces, structures and people that put bars around us. Liberation is indeed about “opposing the powerful,” “dismantling systems,” and “fighting them for freedom” – difficult topics for children, but they know what unfairness is. Using age-appropriate picture books you can help your children explore the notion of freedom and struggle and also to learn about people who have undergone struggles for freedom. Even after children have learned to read well enough  to read ‘chapter books”, the illustrations and literary style of picture books can make topics that even adults struggle with easily accessible to children.

Liberation Stories Collage

Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad tells about Henry Brown, an enslaved person who mailed himself to the north and gained his freedom.

I Am Jazz  is the  story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere.

Two White Rabbits – a young child describes what it is like to be a migrant as she and her father travel north to the US border.

Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match is about a little girl who is full of confidence and embraces her mixed heritage

Read more about these books and see the whole list of books on the theme of Liberation my colleague  Melissa Sinclair at the Washington Ethical Society compiled with the help of other religious educators who are using the Soul Matter themes this year.


Do you have a favorite book on the theme of liberation? Leave a comment here.

In joyful service,