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47 Kids Books About Prejudice and Race

use these books to get a conversation going

It’s been all over the news lately: the horrible death of George Floyd, the protests, the riots, the violence. And while it’s important to keep yourself educated on the news developments, it’s equally important to educate yourself in a different way.

To help bring about true equality, we all need to hear from our Black American neighbors. We need to listen to their stories and experiences. It’s during this time that we can work on our attitudes, mindsets, even our implicit bias.

And let’s be real; it may be uncomfortable to acknowledge, but this starts with us as parents. Our children—the future leaders of this country—are looking to us. They learn from the adults in their lives—from what we tell them, from how we act and what we say. Racism isn’t something we’re born with. It’s something we learn. So as you educate yourself in matters of race and prejudice, pass along your knowledge to your kids so that they can grow up to do better.

These 47 books are a great way to start that conversation.

Editor’s Note: This list is in no way exhaustive—so if there is one that you would like to see added to the list, let us know at editorial@dfwchild.com.

Anti-Racist Baby, by Ibram X. Kendi; ages 0–2

A is for Activist, by Innosanto Nagara; ages 0–2

We’re Different, We’re the Same, by Bobbi Kates; ages 3–5

All Are Welcome, by Alexandra Penfold; ages 3–5

Saturday, by Oge Mora; ages 3–5

Let’s Talk About Race, by Julius Lester; ages 3–5

Hair Love, by Matthew A. Cherry; ages 3–5

I Am Enough, by Grace Byers; ages 3–5

Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt de la Pena; ages 3–5

Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills, by Renee Watson, ages 3–7

Something Happened in Our Town, by Marianne Celano; ages 4–8

Henry’s Freedom Box, by Ellen Levine; ages 4–8

I Walk With Vanessa, by Kerascoët; ages 4–8

The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Wilson; ages 4–8

Coretta Scott, by Ntozake Shange; ages 4–8

Martin Luther King Jr. (Little People, Big Dreams series), by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara; ages 4–7

Rosa Parks (Little People, Big Dreams series), by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara; ages 4–7

The Big Umbrella, by Amy June Bates; ages 4–7

Freedom On the Menu, by Carole Boston Weatherford; ages 4–8

A Kids Book About Racism, by Jelani Memory; ages 5–9

The Youngest Marcher, by Cynthia Levinson; ages 5–8

Viola Desmond Won’t Be Judged!, by Jody Nyasha Warner and Richard Rudnicki; ages 5–9

My Hair is a Garden, by Cozbi A. Cabrera; ages 5–8

Where Are You From?, by Yamile Saied Mendez; ages 5–8

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, by Carole Boston Weatherford; ages 5–8

Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride, by Andrea Davis Pinkney; ages 5–9

Malcom Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X, by Ilyasah Shabazz; ages 6–10

Unstoppable: How Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Defeated Army, by Art Coulson; ages 6–10

What Was the Underground Railroad?, by Yona Zeldis McDonough; ages 9–12

Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, by Andrea Davis Pinkney; ages 6–9

Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation, by Duncan Tonatiuh; ages 6–9

Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly; ages 6–9

Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History, by Walter Dean Meyers; ages 6–10

The Story of Ruby Bridges, by Robert Coles; ages 6–9

I Am Not a Number, by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer; ages 7–11

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down, by Andrea Davis Pinkney; ages 7–10

Ruth and the Green Book, by Calvin Alexander Ramsey; ages 7–11

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, by Vashti Harrison; ages 8–11

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, by Wade Hudson; ages 8–12

Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History, by Vashti Harrison; ages 8–11

Blended, by Sharon M. Draper; ages 9–12

Resist: 35 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Up Against Tyranny and Injustice, by Veronica Chambers; ages 9–12

One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia; ages 9–12

Not My Idea, by Anastasia Higginbotham; ages 9–12

Ghost Boys, by Jewell Parker Rhodes; ages 9–12

We Are the Change, by Harry Belafonte; ages 9–12

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