Anti-Racist Resources for Children
There are so many empowering and teachable children’s books about race, anti-racism, and social justice. Start the conversation. WFPL is here to help.
Book a Librarian: If your child wants recommendations for what to read next, send us a request and a Children’s Librarian will follow up with you. Zoom, Google Meet, email, and telephone options are available. To start the process, send an email to Emily (firstname.lastname@example.org) or fill out this online form: bit.ly/BookaLibrarianWFPL
Many of the books on this list are in high demand right now. If the book you want is checked out, look out for other titles that are marked as "always available" through the hoopla app.
Books for Black Joy
Baby Says by John Steptoe (book)
Black Girl Magic by Mahogany L. Browne (book)
Black Is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy (book)
Full, Full, Full of Love by Trish Cooke (book)
Hands Up! by Breanna J. McDaniel (book)
Hey, Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins (book)
I Am Loved by Nikki Giovanni (book)
I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown (book)
Layla’s Happiness by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie (book)
Lullaby (for a Black Mother) by Langston Hughes (book)
M Is for Melanin: A Celebration of the Black Child by Tiffany Rose (book)
Princess Hair by Sharee Miller (book)
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy by Tony Medina (book)
When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff (book)
Where’s Rodney? By Carmen Bogan (book)
Books for Black History
28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World by Charles R. Smith Jr. (book)
All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson (book)
Big Papa and the Time Machine by Daniel Bernstrom (book)
Changing the Equation: 50+ US Black Women in STEM by Tonya Bolden (book)
The Case for Loving by Selina Alko (book)
A Child’s Introduction to African American History: The Experiences, People, and Events That Shaped Our Country by Jabari Asim (book)
Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History by Walter Dean Myers (book)
Free at Last!: Stories and Songs of Emancipation by Doreen Rappaport (book)
Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney (book)
How to Build a Museum: Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture by Tonya Bolden (book)
Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney (book)
Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz (book)
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford (book)
Nobody Gonna Turn Me ‘Round: Stories and Songs of the Civil Rights Movement by Doreen Rappaport (book)
No More!: Stories and Songs of Slave Resistance by Doreen Rappaport (book)
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales by Virginia Hamilton (book)
Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis by Jabari Asim (book)
Rosa by Nikki Giovanni (book)
Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey (book)
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney (book)
Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Davis Pinkney (book)
A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks by Alice Faye Duncan (book)
Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song by Gary Golio (book)
Underground by Shane W. Evans (book)
We March by Shane W. Evans (book)
Young, Gifted, and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present by Jamia Wilson (book)
Black Lives Matter by Duchess Harris (book)
The Colors of Us by Karen Katz (book)
Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester (book)
Noodlephant by Jacob Kramer (book)
Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham (book)
No Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin (book)
Skin Again by bell hooks (book)
This Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell (book)
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices by Cheryl and Wade Hudson (book)
Center for Racial Justice in Education.
Center for Racial Justice in Education trains and empowers educators to dismantle patterns of racism and injustice in schools and communities. Resources are free.
Embrace Race fights systemic racism by supporting parents to raise children who are brave, informed, and thoughtful about race.
National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. Resources for talking about race for parents, educators, and individuals committed to equity.
Raising Race Conscious Children.
Raising Race Conscious Children’s mission is to support parents who are trying to talk about race and diversity with young children - with the goal of preparing young people to work toward racial justice.
Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators - teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners - who work with children from Kindergarten through high school. Race and ethnicity resources are free.
We Need Diverse Books.
We Need Diverse Books is a non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.
Wee the People.
Wee the People is a Boston-based social justice project for kids, parents, and educators exploring activism, equity, and resistance through interactive workshops.
American Academy of Pediatrics: Talking to Children About Racism
The American Psychological Association’s RESilience: Uplifting Youth Through Healthy Communication About Race
NPR’s Life Kit: Talking Race With Young Children
The Brown Bookshelf on Facebook
Oakland Public Library Evaluating Children’s Books About Police for Educators Google Doc