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Anti-Racist Children's Literature: Home

This guide features books recommended for discussing race and racism with children.


Welcome to the Anti-Racist Children's Literature guide! There are great resources for parents, caregivers, and educators looking to talk about race, racism, and anti-racism with kids of all ages. In addition to the books on this guide, you might explore: 

  • EmbraceRace - Started by parents in 2016, this group leads webinars, trainings, and provides resources to "nurture resilience in children of color; nurture inclusive, empathetic children of all stripes; raise kids who think critically about racial inequity; support a movement of kid and adult racial justice advocates for all children
  • The Conscious Kid - "an education, research, and policy organization dedicated to equity and promoting healthy racial identity development in youth. We support organizations, families, and educators in taking action to disrupt racism in young children." Check out their resource guides for talking with kids about race, racial trauma, allyship and their book lists.
  • Talking Race with Young Children - this 20 min podcast talks about why and how parents can engage young kids about race, with five specific strategies and some additional suggested resources

This guide was developed from a list of children's books for young children curated by Vanessa Santiago Schwarz. Librarian Linds Roberts added additional books from our collection for middle grade and young adult readers.

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