Fighting Prejudice with Anti-Racism Books for Kids
Conversations about race need to start early and continue throughout a child’s life. Support the fight against prejudice with these wonderful anti-racism books. They are suitable for children of different ages and with different levels of understanding of racism.
Fighting Prejudice with Children’s Books
How to talk to children about racism is uppermost in many educators’ minds because of the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and many more. While discussions about racism, prejudice, tolerance are difficult they need to be ongoing. A significant way to start conversations about race are with anti-racism books.
I spent my teaching career in international schools, teaching children from more nationalities than I could count. I realised there were limited opportunities to read books that represented all of my students.
I researched where to find diverse books representing children of colour, particularly when I became a teacher-librarian. After the book list, you can find a lengthy list of publishers and organisations that I use to further my knowledge of diverse children’s books, authors and illustrators. I have also collated a list of resources you can use in the classroom or send home at Talking to Young Children About Race and Racism.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture has a detailed explanation of anti-racism, including videos and discussion points. This is information for yourself or something you can send home to parents and caregivers.
Anti-Racism Books for Kids
Most of the diverse books I have chosen focus on children as the hero, but I also added in picture books about activism.
A Map into the World by Kao Kalia Yang
Hot Day on Abbott Avenue by Karen English
If All the World Were … by Joseph Coelho
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
My Two Grannies by Floella Benjamin
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
Under My Hijab by Hena Khan
Where to Find Diverse and Anti-Racism Books
- American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL)
- The Brown Bookshelf
- Diverse Book Finder
- Embrace Race
- Here Wee Read
- Hijabi Librarians
- I’m Your Neighbor Books
- Kids Like Us
- Knights Of
- Lantana Publishing
- Latinxs In Kid Lit
- Lee and Low Books
- New Beacon Books
- No Ordinary Book Shop
- Reading While White
- Rich in Color
- Round Table Books
- Social Justice Books and Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children’s Books
- Vamos A Leer
- We Need Diverse Books
Today, there is a lot more diversity in children’s literature, but there is still a long way to go for all children to feel represented when they open a book. It is important for us to help children be tolerant and responsive to discrimination whether aimed at themselves or others.
Anti-racism books are a wonderful tool to teach tolerance, open-mindedness and understanding. Let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations I can add to the list!
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