Finally! A Children’s Book About Privilege with Susan Justice

Susan Justice's award-winning picture book, Children Who Dance In The Rain, introduces kids to the idea of privilege in a diverse world.
Finally! A Children’s Book About Privilege with Susan Justice
Published June 20, 2023

Privilege is an idea that many have been reckoning with in recent years. Doesn’t it make sense to introduce young people to the idea of privilege to help them understand the complex realities that exist in our shared world? Susan Justice is a children’s legal advocate, attorney, and co-founder of South Asians Against Childhood Abuse, a nonprofit organization based in British Columbia, Canada, that fights childhood abuse in the South Asian community through education, destigmatization, and advocacy projects. Her experience as a legal advocate and a practicing attorney span more than a decade. Susan is the author of Children Who Dance in the Rain, a children’s picture book that introduces kids to the idea of privilege, especially in developed countries like Canada and the US, and teaches kids about the disadvantages that many of the world’s youth, especially those living in poverty in the Global South, struggle with on a daily basis, such as food insecurity, clean water access, and education. Children Who Dance in the Rain has already won 9 awards, including the 2023 Children’s Book of the Year, from the “Human Relations” Indie Book Awards. In this interview, Susan and Dave discuss…

  • How Susan’s personal story and family history inspired the tale told in her children’s book, decades later
  • The notable lack of children’s books on the subject of privilege—and how this new book fills the void
  • The work of destigmatizing childhood abuse and shattering historical silence about childhood abuse in the South Asian community
  • The complex dilemmas in children’s book bans, including rightfully protecting children but empowering their autonomy and exposure to a diversity of ideas
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