Tools, Resources, Links

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


Online resource for Leading Anti-Bias Early Childhood Programs: A Guide To Change, For Change. 2nd Edition
Anti-bias Strategic Planning Sheet
Anti-bias Professional Development Activity on Teacher Identities and Reflection Questions
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


Debbie LeeKeenan was interviewed by Sandy Lanes on her podcast series, Awakened to Reggio, about integrating an anti-bias lens in Reggio inspired programs. Honoring Difference with Debbie LeeKeenan.

Essential Equity Statements and Resources for Racial, Economic, and Social Justice

Raising Up Anti-Bias Education in a Time of Pushback: In this webinar, Louise Derman-Sparks, Debbie LeeKeenan, John Nimmo and Karina Rojas address the current climate of pushback and resistance to anti-bias education in early childhood programs. (November 2023)

Educational Intimidation: Pen America: The Freedom to Write: How “Parents’ Rights” Legislation Undermines the Freedom to Learn (August 2023)

Early Risers Podcast is a podcast from Little Moments Count and Minnesota Public Radio with engaging stories and real “how-tos” for anyone who cares about raising children with an understanding of cultural differences, race and bias. Hosted by Dianne Haulcy of The Family Partnership. (2023)

From EmbraceRace: Reflections on Children’s Racial Learning 2023: Essays and Dispatches from the Field (February 2023)
From EmbraceRace: Responding to racialized violence with kids, again (January 2023)
NAEYC Blog Post: The Lunar New Year Is A Global Celebration! (January 2023)
Latest news about the film: Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years (April 2022)
Anti-Asian Anti-racism Resources (March 2021)
Rethinking Schools: books, videos, websites, and other social justice resources (April 2021)
Conversations That Matter: Talking with Children about Big World Issue (May 2020)

Debbie reviewed Dumpling Day, by Meera Sriram, Ines de Antunano and Laurel Jackson for 2022 -Multicultural Children’s Book Day.

Debbie was interviewed for the topic “Raising Anti-racist children: Strategies for white parents”. The ensuing article was published in in the August, 2021 issue (page 21) in an article titled “Parenting While White“.

Voices from the Village  podcast from the Wyoming Early Childhood Professional Learning Collaborative.
It takes a village to raise a child, and early childhood educators are an essential part of that village. This podcast highlights voices of nationally recognized early childhood experts alongside the voices of our local experts, Wyoming early childhood educators.

Debbie is featured in Episode 3. Debbie LeeKeenan – Leadership Lessons Learned
Debbie LeeKeenan, a nationally recognized author, presenter, and leader in anti-bias education shares important lessons learned in her years as a program director and in her work with leaders from across the country.
Debbie is full of practical advice, offering leaders simple tools for successfully navigating the complexities of early childhood leadership.

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.

Why it’s important to tell kids the truth about Thanksgiving: ‘We are perpetuating harmful stereotypes’ “The rosy picture that’s often painted of [Thanksgiving] is far from historically accurate — and some experts say that perpetuating this narrative is harmful, particularly to Native Americans.”
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.

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

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
Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance)
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
We need diverse books
Zinn Education Project