During a moment of national outrage many parents are wondering how to talk to their children about deaths, protests, and racism with with their children.

According to Jacqueline Dougé, M.D., a pediatrician and child health advocate based in Maryland, conversations about race can begin preschool. At this age, discussions around race can be done in a positive manner that celebrates diversity.

For elementary aged children, Marietta Collins, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at Morehouse School of Medicine, suggests focusing on fairness and that Black people have been treated unfairly throughout history and up through today. It’s also a good time to share stories about protest that have lead to positive change around the world.

Beyond starting dialogues about race and protests, you can also raise anti-racist children by exposing them to books where black people are the protagonists of the story.

Our list of anti-racist books for kids are geared to help you explain racism to your kids and to also highlight stories around Black culture and people. Check back often as we’ll continue to update this list.

Ages 3-5

Anti-Racism Books for Young Kids
Saturday by Oge Mora
Anti-Racism Books for Young Kids
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
Sulwe by Lupita

Ages 5-8

Anti-Racism Books for Kids
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
Anti-Racist Books For Kids
The Youngest Activist by Cynthia Levinson

Ages 9-12

Anti-Rasism Books for Kids
Resist by Veronica Chambers
No My Idea: A book About Whiteness
Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham

Teens

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell

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