John Nimmo, Louise Derman-Sparks, Debbie LeeKeenan
Working collaboratively on the book – in the third space!


ABE Resources and Self Study Guide
Anti-bias Strategic Planning Sheet
COVID-19: Shelter In Place Early Childhood Sample Activities with Debbie LeeKeenan
Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children’s Books
Literary Lenses for Children’s Books


2020 Embrace Race Webinar: Nurturing Resilience & Joy Among BIPOC Children: Role of the Educator Debbie is a panelist.

ABE children’s book bibliography

Teaching Young Children to Understand and Accept Differences

Early Childhood Children’s Books about Indigenous Cultures written by Indigenous Authors

The Brain Architects Podcast: Brain Architecture: Laying the Foundation
Why are the early years of a child’s life so important for brain development? How are connections built in the brain, and how can early brain development affect a child’s future health? This episode of The Brain Architects dives into all these questions and more.

A Q&A discussion with Debbie LeeKeenan and Iris Chin Ponte, authors of From Survive to Thrive: A Director’s Guide for Leading an Early Childhood Program, as they answer questions submitted by NAEYC members about the challenges of being a leader in an ECE setting. May, 2019.

A webinar with Debbie LeeKeenan and Iris Chin Ponte, Facilitated Leadership and Family Engagement — Learning with and from Families, exploring why engaging families in their children’s education through facilitated leadership is critical to the success of each child and to the educational program itself.  Practical tips on how to welcome and involve all families. December, 2018.

How to talk to your kids about Thanksgiving  Debbie is interviewed for this blog article. November, 2018.

Louise Derman-Sparks critiques Scholastic’s publication of President Donald Trump. July, 2018.

Children’s Books as Mirrors and Windows A short article by Debbie LeeKeenan written for the PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) blog. May, 2018.

How do children develop their social identity? A short article by Debbie LeeKeenan written for the PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) blog. November, 2017.

Anti-bias lessons help preschoolers hold up a mirror to diversity: an interview on PBS News Hour in November 2017 in Alameda California with Louise Derman-Sparks and teachers.

A Pledge to All Children and Families 2017

An interview with Debbie LeeKeenan about holidays and diversity in December, 2015, for “Raising Families,” a cable television show in Somerville, Massachusetts


Some of our favorite links:

African American Children’s Book Publisher Just Us Books
Colorful Pages Colorful Pages
Embrace Race
Jane Addams Peace Association The Jane Addams Peace Association
Lee & Low Multicultural Children’s Book Publisher Lee & Low Books
Mantra Lingua Multicultural Children’s Book Publisher Mantra Lingua
National Association for Education of Young Children, NAEYC
National Association for Multicultural Education
National Black Child Develpment Institute
Rethinking Schools
Teaching for Change
Teaching Tolerance
We need diverse books
Zinn Education Project https://www.zinnedproject