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Ages 6-8

Talking to Kids About Race

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A Girl Like Me by Angela Johnson
Empower young readers to embrace their individuality, reject societal limitations, and follow their dreams. This inspiring picture book brings together a poem by acclaimed author Angela Johnson and Nina Crews's distinctive photo-collage illustrations to celebrate girls of color.
Antiracist Baby by  Ibram X Kendi
Illustrations and rhyming text present nine steps Antiracist Baby can take to improve equity, such as opening our eyes to all skin colors and celebrating all our differences.
If You're Going to a March by Martha Freeman
Answers many questions about participating in a march, including what to wear, how to get there, and why marching is important.
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
A young boy, CJ, rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.
On the Playground: Our First Talk About Prejudice by  Jillian Roberts
Gives a comprehensive introduction to the topic of prejudice.
Race Cars : A Children's Book About White Privilege by  Jenny Devenny
Race Cars is a children's book about white privilege created to help facilitate tough conversations with their kids about race, privilege and oppression. It tells the story of two best friends, a white car and a black car, that have different experiences and face different rules while entering the same race.
Racism by Anita Ganeri
The effects of racism last a lifetime, and it cannot be tolerated. Using child-friendly text and encouraging child participation and interaction, this picture book from the Questions and Feelings About ... series teaches this valuable lesson in a memorable way. It includes a helpful section with advice, practical tips, and activities for caregivers and teachers.
Say Something! by  Peter Hamilton Reynolds
An empowering story about finding your voice, and using it to make the world a better place. If you have a brilliant idea... say something! If you see an injustice... say something! In this empowering picture book, author Peter H. Reynolds explores the many ways that a single voice can make a difference. Perfect for kid activists everywhere, this timely story reminds readers of the undeniable importance and power of their voice.
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh
Years before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez, an eight-year-old girl of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage, played an instrumental role in Mendez v. Westminster, the landmark desegregation case of 1946 in California.
Someone New by  Anne Sibley O'Brien
When three children, Jesse, Jason, and Emma, are confronted with new classmates from different ethnic backgrounds, they strive to overcome their initial reactions, and to understand, accept, and welcome Maria, Jin, and Fatima.
Something Happened in our Town: a Child's Story about Racial Injustice by  ABPP Marianne Celano
After discussing the police shooting of a local Black man with their families, Emma and Josh know how to treat a new student who looks and speaks differently than his classmates. Includes an extensive Note to Parents and Caregivers that provides general guidance about addressing racism with children, child-friendly vocabulary definitions, conversation guides, and a link to additional online resources for parents and teachers.
Speak Up by Miranda Paul
Join a diverse group of kids on a busy school day as they discover so many different ways to speak up and make their voices heard! From shouting out gratitude for a special treat to challenging a rule that isn't fair, these young students show that simple, everyday actions can help people and make the world a better place.
The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
Seven-year-old Lena and her mother observe the variations in the color of their friends' skin, viewed in terms of foods and things found in nature.
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
The Newbery Award-winning author of The Crossover pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree.
What Can a Citizen Do? by  Dave Eggers
Rhyming text explores citizenship, showing readers how seemingly unrelated actions, such as planting a tree or joining a cause can create a community.
What Do I Do When People I Know Are Racist? by  Caitie McAneney
In a time of increasing political and social tensions, students are sure to find themselves in complicated ethical situations. What happens if someone they know and love is racist? This book introduces readers to the concepts of prejudice and racism and gives them guidance on how to deal with these concepts in daily life. Readers will learn how to show their support for equality by celebrating diversity and standing up for what they believe in. This book tackles a complex subject in an accessible and sensitive way, so young readers can discover new ways to approach this tough topic.
Where Are You From? by  Yamile Saied Méndez
When a young girl is asked where she's from--where she's really from--she's no longer as she was. She decides to turn to her dear abuelo for some help with this ever-persistent question. But he doesn't quite give her the answer she expects.
Updated 09/21/2022