16 Anti-Racism Books for Kids: Books to Help Start a Conversation About Racism & Diversity by 30Seconds Mom
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Not sure how to talk to your kids about racism, diversity and social justice? Here are some books for kids to read – or for parents to read to their kids – to spark the conversation.
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We Can't Stop Now by Dr. Danielle Hyles $17
Vivien, Deryn, and Ayanna realize the importance of their black skin color in society. They are afraid for their black father's safety after a police officer killed a black man. The children want agency for their fathers and are grappling with societal views of the black community through school help.
Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness (Ordinary Terrible Things) by Anastasia Higginbotham $10
A picture book about racism and racial justice, inviting white children and parents to become curious about racism, accept that it's real and cultivate justice.
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes $8
A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.
Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Ph.D., and Marietta Collins, Ph.D.
Two families – one White, one Black – as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their community. The story aims to answer children's questions about such traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives.
The Skin I'm In: A First Look at Racism by Pat Thomas $8
Racial discrimination is cruel – and especially so to younger children. This title encourages kids to accept and be comfortable with differences of skin color and other racial characteristics among their friends and in themselves. A First Look At is an easy-to-understand series of books for younger children.
Teach Your Dragon About Diversity $13
Having a pet dragon is very fun. He can sit, roll over and play. He can candle a birthday cake, lit a campfire and so many other cool things. But what if your dragon is sad because he is DIFFERENT from his friends?
Separate Is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh $10
Almost 10 years before Brown vs. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez and her parents helped end school segregation in California. An American citizen of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage who spoke and wrote perfect English, Mendez was denied enrollment to a “Whites only” school. Her parents took action by organizing the Hispanic community and filing a lawsuit in federal district court. Their success eventually brought an end to the era of segregated education in California.
A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara $10
An ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights and everything else that activists believe in and fight for.
AntiRacist Baby Board by Ibram X. Kendi $9
A fresh new board book that empowers parents and children to uproot racism in our society and in ourselves.
Momma, Did You Hear the News? by Sanya Whittaker Gragg, MSW $10
Little Avery becomes concerned after seeing another police shooting of an unarmed man. His parents decide it is time to have “The Talk.” They teach him and his brother a catchy chant to help remember what to do if approached by an officer, while also emphasizing that all policemen are not bad.
This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action and Do The Work by Tiffany Jewell $10
Gain a deeper understanding of your anti-racist self as you progress through 20 chapters that spark introspection, reveal the origins of racism that we are still experiencing, and give you the courage and power to undo it. Each chapter builds on the previous one as you learn more about yourself and racial oppression. 20 activities get you thinking and help you grow with the knowledge. All you need is a pen and paper.
No To Racism Journal $9
An anti-racism journal for men, women and kids.
All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold $11
Lets young children know that no matter what, they have a place, they have a space, they are welcome in their school.
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney $12
This picture book is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the momentous Woolworth's lunch counter sit-in, when four college students staged a peaceful protest that became a defining moment in the struggle for racial equality and the growing civil rights movement.
We're Different, We're the Same (Sesame Street) $5
Who better than Sesame Street to teach us that we may all look different on the outside – but it's important to remember that deep down, we are all very much alike. This enduring book offers an easy, enjoyable way to learn about differences – and what truly matters.
Unique and Wonderful by Dee Smith $9
A rhyming picture book all about diversity. It encourages children to accept and love the unique differences among themselves and others. This book also discourages attitudes of prejudice and racism.
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