The 21st Show

Children’s Book Tackling Tough Issues

Many of us probably remember a favorite children’s book from when we were younger, the characters in those stories and maybe some of the lessons we learned in those books still stick with us today. Odds are, though, the book you’re thinking of probably didn’t tackle intersectionality. 

We spoke to an author of a children’s book that doesn’t shy away from complex themes. Chelsea Johnson is a sociologist and co-founder of the CLC Collective. It’s a partnership of three women of color scholars who publish creative, relatable, and engaging sociology for people of all ages.  

Chelsea co-authored a children’s book with the CLC Collective called “IntersectionAllies: We Make Room For All.”  She’ll be giving a talk this Thursday at Illinois State University in Normal about representations of Blackness in Children’s literature. 

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