As many communities demand systemic change and social justice, our children are likely paying attention. They may be asking questions about the racial protests, news reports, social media posts, and history that has led up to this point in time. They may be talking with friends. They may be listening to parents discuss race relations. They likely have their own experiences and/or experiences they’ve witnessed first-hand.

Now more than ever, it’s valuable to have resources to talk with kids and teens about race. Here are some of our favorite booklists. We hope the articles and resources will help you navigate conversations about race, equity, and social injustice with the kids and teens in your life.

 

Booklists:

Black Picture Books Matter

Picture books by Black authors that affirm the lives and experiences of Black children available in e-book and e-audiobook (WCCLS)

Picture Booklist- Mirrors and Windows

Children need “mirror” books that reflect their identity and experience and they also need “window” books that allow them to understand those with different experiences.

Picture Booklist- Native American Authors

Anti-Racism for Kids 101: Starting to Talk About Race (Books for Littles)

Project LIT Book Club 2020-21 Middle Grade e-books (WCCLS)

Project LIT Book Club 2020-21 Young Adult e-books (WCCLS)

Project Lit is a grass roots reading initiative devoted to having high interest, diverse and own voices books read widely throughout many communities.

Resources:

How To Talk To Kids About Race: Books and Resources That Can Help (Brightly)

Why All Parents Should Talk With Their Kids About Social Identity (NPR)

Talking Race with Young Children (NPR)

Embrace Race: Resources, Insights and Knowledge

Resources for Talking About Race, Racism, and Racialized Violence with Kids (Center for Racial Justice in Education)

Critical Conversations (The Conscious Kid)

How White Parents Can Use Media to Raise Anti-Racist Kids (Common Sense Media)

Classroom Resources for Social Justice Issues (Teaching Tolerance)

Why It’s So Important for Kids to See Diverse Movie and TV Characters (The Conversation)