We are learning just how early young children begin to notice and absorb ideas about racial myths. Below are resources to move us all away from whitewashed history and literature while guiding us adults in having conversations that support that movement.

Listen to Safe Space Radio/NPR piece
“Talking to White Kids About Race & Racism”

Recent BLM-Related Resources

Watch the entire CNN/Sesame Street racism town hall

Talking to Young Children About Race and Racism

How to talk to your children about protests and racism

How to talk to kids about race and racism, according to experts

Anti-Racism for Kids: An Age-by-Age Guide to Fighting Hate

How to talk to kids about racism, racial violence and police brutality


Black Kids Don’t Want to Read About Harriet Tubman All the Time, by Denene Millner

Black Panther Film Movie Companion for Middle Grades, found on FaceBook and am unclear who to credit as its creator!

Five Myths of Talking About Race With Your Child, by Gina Parker

Even Babies Discriminate: A Nurtureshock Excerpt, by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryma

How To Raise Racist Kids, by Jonathan H. Liu

The Startlingly Profound (Yet Simple) Question My Daughter Asked About Racism, by Jennifer Harvey

Why White Parents Must Teach Their Children About Racism, by Lisa Duggan

Ted Talks

The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf, by Grace Lin

Games & Flashcards

Urban Intellectuals Black History Flash Cards

Books for Adults

10 Anti-Racism Professional Development Books for Teachers, compiled by Rachel Werner

The Culturally Insclusive Educator: Preparing for a Multicultural World, by Dena R. Samuels

Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America, by Jennifer Harvey

The First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism, by Debra Van Ausdale and Joe R. Feagin


Border Crossers


Raising Race Conscious Children

Rethinking Schools

Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ): For Families

Speak Up: Opening a Dialog with Youth About Racism

Teaching While White

We Need Diverse Books

Books for Young People

26 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance

28 More Black Picture Books That Aren’t About Boycotts, Buses or Basketballs

50+ Picture Books about Mixed Race Families **

50 Picture Books Starring Black Mighty Girls ** 

32 Native American Children’s Books **

50 Latino Children’s Books You Should Know **

Black Boy Joy: 29 Picture Books Featuring Black Male Protagonists **

Asian and Asian American Children’s Books for Ages 0-18 **

Children’s Books With Kids of Color Being Themselves **  

Just Us Books

Lemonade for Girls in Formation

Massachusetts Library System Inclusive Collections

The Conscious Kid

** Thank you Courageous Change Consulting for these recommendations