It’s more important than ever to talk to our kids about racism, but it can be hard to figure out how to start. Research shows that kids are never too young to learn about race and by six months of age they start to notice differences in skin color.
If you’re looking for some great, colorful, interesting books about race, we’ve put together a list of 12 picks! All of these books can be found on Bookshop.org which supports local bookstores! Our local libraries also carry some of these titles. Some books may be currently sold out, but you should be able to backorder any book you’d like.
Board Books about Anti-Racism
AntiRacist Baby ($8.27) – This board book shares nine steps to be antiracist that even very young kids can understand.
Woke Baby ($7.35) – This board book is a fun look at a day in the life of a woke baby.
I Am Strong: A Little Book about Rosa Parks ($7.35) – This is a short story about the life of civil rights leader, Rosa Parks.
Pictures Books about Anti-Racism
What’s the Difference?: Being Different Is Amazing ($16.54) This book is about how things that make us diverse can actually bring us together too.
Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History ($16.54) This book shares the stories of important Black men in history.
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History ($15.62) This book tells the stories of 40 amazing Black women throughout US history.
The Day You Begin ($17.46) This is a beautiful book about reaching out and sharing your story.
Racism and Intolerance ($9.19) This book teaches kids can racism and intolerance and what they can do to help change their world.
We’re Different, We’re the Same (Sesame Street) ($9.19) This book uses familiar Sesame Street characters to explore the topic of racial differences.
Let’s Talk about Race ($7.45) This book talks about what race means and how it’s one part of a person’s story.
Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice ($15.62) This book follows two families – one White and one Black – and how they discuss a shooting of a Black man in the community.
Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness ($17.43) This book is an honest explanation of race in America.