Books for Young Readers

The following books make great catalysts for conversation with young children about respect for differences, inclusion and exclusion, and the value of participation.

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Recommended Films

There are so many films that speak to the themes of Choosing to Participate, we're confident you can recall films that inspired you through the stories of people that stood up when they could have done otherwise. Here are a few of our favorites that we recommend to the teachers that we work with that we think you'll enjoy.

Resources for Families

How do you talk to your young children about the hard choices they face? About what to do when they encounter differences, prejudice, or exclusion?

These are some of the hardest conversations to begin. Choosing to Participate offers unique opportunities for families with young children in grades K-6th to engage in activities, storytelling and conversations about respect and tolerance.

Where Do I Stop It? How Do I Stop It?

TAMMIE SCHNITZER 
Tammie Schnitzer said of the hate literature that blanketed her community:

"Where do I stop it? Do I stop it when there’s a swatiska on the synagogue? Do I stop it when the synagogue gets bombed? I want to stop it now!"

 

BECKY THOMAS, A CATHOLIC NEIGHBOR OF THE SCHNITZERS
"We saved our menorah, and it's going up in our window again. We need to show commitment for a lifetime."

 

What If It Were My Family?

TAMMIE SCHNITZER
After a cinderblock was hurled through Isaac Schnitzer’s bedroom window in December of 1993, a police officer advised the Schnitzers to take down their Chanukah decorations. Tammie Schnitzer wondered: "But how do you explain that to a child?"

 

Should We Take a Public Stand?

A NEIGHBOR
When a man saw his 68-year-old neighbor taping a paper menorah to her window, he begged her to take it down. “Don’t you know what’s going on?” he asked. “Yes,” the woman replied. “That’s exactly why I’m putting it up.”

 

Was it "a Simple Thing"?

Margaret MacDonald, the executive director of the Montana Association of Churches, came up with the idea of putting up the paper menorahs. She thought it would be a "simple thing" for people to do. Yet when she went to hang the menorah in her own window, she had second thoughts.

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