Antiracist Booklist for Parents and Children


Books for Parents

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Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey

Raising White Kids is a book for families, churches, educators and communities who want to equip their children to be active and able participants in a society that is becoming one of the most racially diverse in the world while remaining full of racial tensions.



Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides.



Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi (Print book is on order.)

A history of racist and antiracist ideas in America, from their roots in Europe until today, adapted from the National Book Award winner Stamped from the Beginning.



Celebrating Diversity

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Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Lauren Tobia

All children can see themselves and open their eyes to the world around them in this sweet celebration of skin in all its many, many, wonderful forms.


Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs, illustrated by Shane W. Evans

A boy is teased for looking different than the other kids. His skin is darker, his hair curlier. He tells his mother he wishes he could be more like everyone else. And she helps him to see how beautiful he really, truly is.



Lovely by Jess Hong

Big, small, curly, straight, loud, quiet, smooth, wrinkly. Lovely explores a world of differences that all add up to the same thing: we are all lovely!

The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler, illustrated by David Csicsko

With the ease and simplicity of a nursery rhyme, this lively story delivers an important message of social acceptance to young readers. (ebook only)



All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

 Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce a school where diversity is celebrated and songs, stories, and talents are shared.



Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt

 In a poetic, philosophical exchange, two children of different races ask themselves why they are who and what they are, and speculate on how they could be different.



Learning About Prejudice and Inclusivity

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On the Playground: Our First Talk About Prejudice by Dr. Jillian Roberts

Gives a comprehensive introduction to the topic of prejudice.


Come with Me by Holly M. McGhee

When the news reports are flooded with tales of hatred and fear, a girl asks her papa what she can do to make the world a better place.



The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López

A poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.

E-Book | E-Audiobook


Most People by Michael Leannah, illustrated by Jennifer E. Morris

Looks at the goodness of most people, pointing out how many more people there are in the world who would like to help others than would like to hurt them, and even most of those who do bad things can change.


Hands Up! by Breanna J. McDaniel, illustrated by Shane W. Evans

This triumphant picture book recasts a charged phrase as part of a black girl's everyday life—hands up for a hug, hands up in class, hands up for a high five—before culminating in a moment of resistance at a protest march.



Each Kindness by Jaqueline Woodson

When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya's shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.

E-Audiobook | Film


Fighting Racial Injustice

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Check It Out: What is Racism?

Racism is a difficult issue to face, but people must confront it if they hope to move beyond it. Confronting challenging social issues such as racism often begins with education. As readers discover the roots of racism in America and how it still isolates people from one another, they learn what their generation can do to combat racism create a more inclusive society. (ebook only)


Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano PhD and Marietta Collins PhD

Following a police shooting, two families—one White and one Black—discuss the event, its aftermath, and what they can do to help. Ages 4-8.

E-Book | E-Audiobook


We Are the Change: Words of Inspiration from Civil Rights Leaders by Selino Alko

Sixteen award-winning children's book artists illustrate the civil rights quotations that inspire them in this stirring and beautiful book. Featuring an introduction by Harry Belafonte, words from Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. among others, this inspirational collection sets a powerful example for generations of young leaders to come.



Equality's Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America by Deborah Diesen

This unflinching and inspiring history of voting rights looks back at the activists who answered equality’s call, working tirelessly to secure the right for all to vote, and it also looks forward to the future and the work that still needs to be done.


The Power Book : What Is It, Who Has It And Why? by Saunders, Claire

Takes a look at different types of power, what it means to have power, and what you can do with your own power to create positive change in the world, no matter who or how old you are.



Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham

A white child sees a TV news report of a white police officer shooting and killing a black man. "In our family, we don't see color," his mother says, but he sees the colors plain enough. An afternoon in the library's history stacks uncover the truth of white supremacy in America. Racism was not his idea and he refuses to defend it.


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