Progressive Book Donation to Project Enlightenment
If you have small children and live in Wake County then you’ve probably already heard about Project Enlightenment. If not, then you are missing out on one of the best parenting resources in Raleigh. Project Enlightenment’s mission is to "promote the optimal development of young children by providing a unique blend of quality services to the Wake County community." Some of the services they provide are free parenting counseling sessions, classroom consultation and training for early childhood professionals, developmental screenings, positive parenting classes and more.
Their facility is also home to a free-to-the-public children’s library (along with a great selection of parenting books for adults). Having visited their library MANY times myself, I’m so grateful for this incredible resource. It’s a friendly welcoming space with toys and books and even a crafting center for parent-related projects (like behavior charts).
One of AFAR’s goals is to build up our Raleigh community and support our fellow parents in a positive and helpful way. Part of working to make progressive politics accessible to ALL of Raleigh’s families is through education and exposure for even the youngest of our citizens. One of the best ways to begin this education and journey into progressive thinking with your kids is through children’s books. Luckily we are currently in a time that is FLUSH with fabulous options. We decided we could help build up our community through a progressive book donation to the awesome Project Enlightenment children’s library.
Working with staff at Project Enlightenment, AFAR volunteers identified a selection of books that we felt exemplified the inclusive, progressive, hopeful and igniting spirit of our organization. We made sure to select books they did not already have in their library and that would be helpful to any parent looking to educate their children in this often divisive and confusing political time. Then we put a call out to our incredible community to purchase and donate books from that list.
All together, we were so happy to be able to donate 14 brand new hard cover books to be included in their collection (7 titles with multiple copies of each). Thank you to everyone who contributed! They were so excited to receive our support and I’m so happy knowing that there are families out there that will get to share these beautiful books with their children for FREE now because of our community.
Here is the list of books that were selected, buy them for your family or go check them out for free from Project Enlightenment!
I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel, Jazz Jennings
"From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl's brain in a boy's body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn't feel like herself in boys' clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz's story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers."
The Barefoot Book of Children by Tessa Strickland, Kate Depalma
"An immersive, multifaceted picture book designed to offer young readers a glimpse into the diversity of the human experience promotes thought through questions about how other children live, what they eat, what games they play, and how are they different and alike."
A Piece of Home by Jeri Watts, Hyewon Yum
"When Hee Jun’s family moves from Korea to West Virginia, he struggles to adjust to his new home. His eyes are not big and round like his classmates’, and he can’t understand anything the teacher says, even when she speaks s-l-o-w-l-y and loudly at him. As he lies in bed at night, the sky seems smaller and darker. But little by little Hee Jun begins to learn English words and make friends on the playground. And one day he is invited to a classmate’s house, where he sees a flower he knows from his garden in Korea — mugunghwa, or rose of Sharon, as his friend tells him — and Hee Jun is happy to bring a shoot to his grandmother to plant a “piece of home” in their new garden. Lyrical prose and lovely illustrations combine in a gentle, realistic story about finding connections in an unfamiliar world."
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx/La juez que crecio en el Bronx (Spanish and English Edition) by Jonah Winter, Edel Rodriguez
"The inspiring and timely story of Sonia Sotomayor, who rose up from a childhood of poverty and prejudice to become the first Latino to be nominated to the US Supreme Court."
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton, Alexandra Boiger
“Chelsea Clinton introduces tiny feminists, mini activists and little kids who are ready to take on the world to thirteen inspirational women who never took no for an answer, and who always, inevitably and without fail, persisted."
The Story Of Ruby Bridges: Special Anniversary Edition by Robert Coles, George Ford
"The year is 1960, and six-year-old Ruby Bridges and her family have recently moved from Mississippi to New Orleans in search of a better life. When a judge orders Ruby to attend first grade at William Frantz Elementary, an all-white school, Ruby must face angry mobs of parents who refuse to send their children to school with her. Told with Robert Coles' powerful narrative and dramatically illustrated by George Ford, Ruby's story of courage, faith, and hope is now available in this special 50th anniversary edition with an updated afterword!"
One of a Kind, Like Me / Único Como Yo (English and Spanish Edition) by Laurin Mayeno, Robert Liu-Trujillo (Hardcover)
"Tomorrow is the school parade, and Danny knows exactly what he will be: a princess. Mommy supports him 100%, and they race to the thrift store to find his costume. It s almost closing time will Danny find the costume of his dreams in time? One of A Kind, Like Me / Unico como yo is a sweet story about unconditional love and the beauty of individuality. It s a unique book that lifts up children who don t fit gender stereotypes, and reflects the power of a loving and supportive community."
Learn more about Project Enlightenment here: https://projectenlightenment.wcpss.net/