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DEY Banned Book Club Features

DEY continues to resist the attempts to censor children’s literature that explores race, gender, sexual orientation, and the truth about our country’s history. In an effort to support early childhood educators, parents, and advocates, we are launching the DEY Banned Book Club. We will feature short videos of banned early childhood books that we encourage you to read to young children. Reading to children about complex topics is the best way to build a foundation for their ability to make sense of things now and work to address them when they are older.

Check out our Banned Book Club feature videos!

Michele Hemingway Pulen features Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness. 

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Anne Ricketts features All Are Welcome. 

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Matt Damon features Radiant Child. 

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Denisha Jones features Sulwe. 

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Big Business Takeover of Childhood Webinar
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Susan Linn discusses her new book, Who’s Raising the Kids: Big Tech, Big Business, and the Lives of Children, with DEY Executive Director Denisha Jones. Susan Linn is a renowned psychologist and advocates for children’s well-being, and her book offers a compelling analysis of the ways in which technology and commercialism are influencing the lives of young people.

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“Young Children & COVID: Audrey Duck & Dr. Susan Linn Talk about Going Back to School”

August 16, 2021

Audrey Duck talks to Susan about her mixed feelings about returning to school after being home for a year and a half, due to COVID.  This seven-and-a-half minute video is designed to serve as a springboard for conversations between young children and their parents, teachers and caregivers about returning to classrooms in the age of COVID.  DEY has prepared a two-page document,  Guidelines for Parents and Teachers  with suggestions for facilitating the conversation after viewing the video.

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“Education Idea Lab presents A Conversation with Nancy Carlsson-Paige about Defending the Early Years”

May 20, 2021

DEY’s Co-Founder and Senior Advisor Nancy Carlsson-Paige discusses the reasons why she and Dr. Diane Levin felt the need to found Defending the Early Years in 2012.  She also talks about how DEY addresses current issues such as the pandemic and racism in order to provide resources for parents and teachers of young children; equity; meeting children where they are; helping kids build social skills; choosing open-ended toys, and the importance of play.

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“Black Lives Matter in School: Early Childhood Edition”

On March 17, 2021, DEY co-sponsored this webinar, with Haymarket Books and Black Lives Matter in School.

Nancy Carlsson-Paige, DEY co-founder and senior advisor, served as the panel’s moderator. Panelists included: Denisha Jones, DEY co-director, Angela Harris, Lalena Garcia, Makai Kellogg, and Takiema Bunch-Smith.

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Audrey Duck Asks Dr. Susan Linn and Dr. Denisha Jones, “Why Are People Protesting?”

Audrey Duck asks Susan about the coronavirus.  Why can’t I play with my friends?  Why do you have to work sometimes?  What can I do when you can’t play with me?  I miss my grandparents and cousins.  What can I do when I’m feeling scared, mad, or sad?

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Audrey Duck Tells Dr. Susan Linn, “I’m Tired of the Virus!”

In the second of a series, Audrey Duck tells Dr. Susan Linn that she is tired of the virus! She also tells Susan that she has been snapping at her, especially when Susan is trying to work. Audrey misses her friends and her teacher. She wonders if she can have a birthday party and she and Susan discuss how they can celebrate her birthday without a party. This video focuses on the social-emotional health of young children during the COVID-19 epidemic. Susan Linn, Ed.D., is a psychologist, author, and an award-winning ventriloquist.

Defending the Early Years presents Dr. Susan Linn and Audrey Duck Talking about the Coronavirus

Audrey Duck asks Susan about the coronavirus. Why can’t I play with my friends? Why do you have to work sometimes? What can I do when you can’t play with me? I miss my grandparents and cousins. What can I do when I’m feeling scared, mad, or sad?

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#Play Series

“The Miraculous Nature of Everyday Play”In this inspiring video, DEY founders Nancy Carlsson-Paige and Diane Levin discuss the threats to play today, how play is crucial to young children’s development, and why it’s so important to protect and preserve it in today’s world.

#Teachers Speak Out

Watch In English
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How Play is Learning
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Early Childhood Educator Kisha Reid
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How Do Young Children Learn Best?
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Preschool Teacher Roberta Udoh
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Kindergarten teacher Jim St. Clair
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Kindergarten teacher Bianca Tanis
Watch In English With Spanish Subtitles
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How Play is Learning
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Early Childhood Educator Kisha Reid
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How Do Young Children Learn Best?
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Preschool Teacher Roberta Udoh
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Kindergarten teacher Jim St. Clair
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Kindergarten teacher Bianca Tanis