NOTE: 2019 and 2020 titles are noted in PURPLE. Newer is not always better, but it may be important in this context. Some articles are not dated.
Warren, Mark R. & David Goodman. Lift Us Up Don’t Push Us Out Voices from the Front Lines of the Educational Justice Movement. Beacon, 2018. “Parents, young people, community organizers, and educators describe how they are fighting systemic racism in schools by building a new intersectional educational justice movement.”
American Psychological Association. Talking to kids about discrimination, APA, 9 March 2016. “Experts say diversity and discrimination are subjects that need to be addressed with children.”
“Inaugural BCALA Children and Youth Literary Awards Winners Announced.” SLJ Staff, 30 July 2021. The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and SLJ announced the inaugural BCALA Children and Youth Literary Awards winners. The awards honor "phenomenal works of fiction and nonfiction by Black authors" in four categories: first novelist, fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novel.
Bird, Hillary. “LGBTQ Children’s Books for Families to Read.” Chicago Parent, 19 May 2021.
CBS Sunday Morning. “Faith Ringgold's Art of Fearlessness and Joy.” YouTube. CBS News, 21 July 2021. “Lush, colorful and daring, each piece, each artistic phase tells a story – the signature style of artist Faith Ringgold. She is best known for her story quilts – a patchwork of images with a story written right onto the fabric.”
Community, Connecting, Cultivating & Constructing Conversations Through Literacy Reading list (Preschool - 8th Grade) 260KB PDF. This list was a collaborative effort between the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).. Also available High-Resolution version 810KB PDF. Know your reader: Some titles may include mature content. Parents, caregivers and educators are encouraged to discuss these experiences with their children.
Celano, Marianne; Marietta Collins; and Ann Hazzard. Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice. Magination Press, 2018.
Center for Racial Justice in Education. Black History Month Resource Guide for Educators and Families AND Black History Month Resource #2.
Center for Racial Justice in Education. A Racial Justice Guide to Thanksgiving.
Center for Racial Justice in Education. A Racial Justice Guide to the Winter Holiday Season for Educators and Families.
Chahinian, Haig. “Talking to Kids About Racial Violence.” New York Times Well blog, 12 July 2016.
Children’s Alliance. Talking About Racism And Bias: Resources For Parents And Caregivers, The Children’s Alliance is “Washington's statewide, nonpartisan child advocacy organization.”
Council on Interracial Books for Children. 10 Quick Ways to Analyze Children’s Books For Racism and Sexism, Rethinking Our Classrooms. This is not dated and may be old, but the core concepts remain useful.
Derman-Sparks, Louise and Julie Olsen Edwards. “Teaching Young Children about Race: A Guide for Parents and Teachers.” Teaching for Change, 8 July 2015.
Embrace Race with Moms Rising. 10 Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids about Race. “EmbraceRace is a community of adults of all colors - we are parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, teachers, older siblings, librarians, cousins, therapists and other caring adults - who support each other in our efforts to raise and guide children who are inclusive, informed and brave when it comes to race.” Moms Rising “take[s] on the most critical issues facing women, mothers, and families by educating the public and mobilizing massive grassroots actions .”
Ervin, Bree. “6 Things White Parents Can Do to Raise Racially Conscious Children.” EverdayFeminism blog, 30 Aug 2014. “Talking about race is challenging for many parents, especially White parents. … And we need to get over it.”
Filucci, Sierra. “How White Parents Can Use Media to Raise Anti-Racist Kids.” Commonsense Media, 29 May 2020.
Grant-Thomas, Andrew and Melissa Giraud. “Supporting Kids Of Color In the Wake Of Racialized Violence.” Embrace Race podcast, 14 July 2016.
GrassROOTS Community Foundation. “1000 Black Girl Books Resource Guide.” A resource guide created from the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign led by Marley Dias [beginning in 2015]. Not only is this a remarkable compilation, but Marley was 11 years old when she started, making her an excellent example of student activism.
Hagerman, Margaret A. “Why White Parents Need to Do More Than Talk to Their Kids About Racism.” Time, 4 Sept 2018.
Harvey, Laura. Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America. Abingdon, 2019. “Raising White Kids is a book for families, churches, educators, and communities who want to equip their children to be active and able allies in a society that is becoming one of the most racially diverse in the world while remaining full of racial tensions.”
Holmes, Margaret. A Terrible Thing Happened: A Story for Children Who Have Witnessed Violence or Trauma. Magination Press, 2000. “Sherman Smith saw the most terrible thing happen. At first he tried to forget about it, but soon something inside him started to bother him. He felt nervous for no reason. Sometimes his stomach hurt. He had bad dreams. And he started to feel angry and do mean things, which got him in trouble. Then he met Ms. Maple, who helped him talk about the terrible thing that he had tried to forget. Now Sherman is feeling much better.”
Joffe-Walt, Chana. “Introducing: Nice White Parents.” Serial and the NYT, 2020. A new five-part [podcast] series about building a better school system, and what gets in the way.
“The Reading List Behind Nice White Parents.” NYT, 30 July
Kendi, Ibraim X. “How to Raise Kids to Be Anti-Racist and Talk to Them about Racism.” CBS This Morning, 3June 2020.
Krishnaswami, Uma. “Why Stop at Windows and Mirrors?: Children’s Book Prisms.” The Horn Book, 17 Jan 2021. “A window lets you look into a space other than the one you occupy; but (as Reese implies) what does it do to me to be the object of your gaze? In contrast, a mirror reflects my own image back to me. If I can see myself in a text, that text is of interest to me; but why should someone unlike me care? Sliding glass doors allow us to enter a story, but the nature of our engagement with it remains undefined. Surely diverse texts, like glass, are capable of operating in complex ways. What if, in addition to mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors, some books worked like prisms?”
Markham, Dr. Laura. “Talking With Children About Racism, Police Brutality and Protests.” Aha Parenting blog. 1 June 2020. “If we want to raise our children to be compassionate people who participate as responsible citizens in a democracy, we need to find ways to talk with them about the thorny issues that we struggle with as a country. Race, fairness, and how to create change in a democracy are three of those issues.” There are sections directed to toddler ages through high school.
Media Smarts. “Talking to Kids about Racial Stereotypes – Tip Sheet.” Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy.
Moyer, Melinda Wenner. “How white parents should talk to their young kids about race.” Kids/Teaching Tolerance blog, 30 March 2014.
Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs, Tabitha. “From Christian Cooper to George Floyd: A Letter to White Parents.” Romper (Bustle Digital Group), 28 May 2020. “We need white parents to teach kids to actively dismantle systems of racism in the here and now. This education needs to start in your homes, not because your kids’ lives depend on it, but because mine do.”
Teaching Tolerance. Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice. Teaching Tolerance, no date.
Willoughby, Vanessa. “#BlackinSTEM: 17 Nonfiction Books That Spotlight Black Scientists, Thinkers, and Inventors.” SLJ, 14 July 2020.
Winkler, Erin. “Here’s How To Raise Race-Conscious Children.” Playful on Buzzfeed, 11 June 2017. “Teaching kids not to "see" race actually isn't the best approach for raising anti-racist children.”
Dembi, Gene and Shereen Marisol Meraji. “Code Switch: Transracial Adoptees On Their Racial Identity And Sense Of Self.” Code Switch podcast. “Most adoptive parents in the U.S. are white, and a lot of them are adopting children who aren't.”
“What We Learned From Our Children: Raising Black Children Across Racial Lines Roundtable.” The Cradle blog, 16 Oct 2019.
YOUNG CHILDREN & ELEMENTARY
Braun, Betsy Brown. “Talking to Kids about the Riots, Racism, and Law Enforcement (In Light of George Floyd’s Killing in Minneapolis).” BetsyBrownBraun blog, 1 June 2020.
Bronson, Po and Ashley Merriman. Even Babies Discriminate: A NurtureShock Excerpt. Newsweek, 4 Sept 2009. “In 2006 Birgitte Vittrup recruited from the database about a hundred families, all of whom were Caucasian with a child 5 to 7 years old. … The goal of Vittrup's study was to learn if typical children's videos with multicultural storylines have any beneficial effect on children's racial attitudes.”
DeLeon, Aya. Confederate Flag 2 - How to Talk to Small Children About Racism; Celebrating Bree Newsome. Aya deLeon blog, 4 July 2015. a model for educational, age-appropriate storytelling.
Grant-Tomas, Andrew. “Your 5-year-old is already racially biased. Here’s what you can do about it.” Medium, 1 May 2017.
Michie, Katrina. “Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup from Pretty Good.” Pretty Good blog,13 Oct 2019. “So you’ve realized your kids aren’t too young to talk about race, so now what? We’ve rounded up some resources for you to start.” Includes podcasts, articles, books, toys and more.
Mlynek, Alex. “30 books to help you talk to your kids about racism.” Today’s Parent, 1 June 2020. “Talking to your kids about racism can be tough. Here are some books to help get them thinking about it.”
Mylnek, Alex. “How to Talk About Racism: An age-by-age guide” Today’s Parent, 9 Feb 2017.
Perex, Michelle Acker.”Why I teach my 2-year-old about race.” Washington Post On Parenting blog, 5 Oct 2015.
Raising Race Conscious Children. “100 race conscious things you can say to advance Racial Justice.” 2 June 2016. “In honor of Raising Race Conscious Children’s 100th post, … modeling language that has actually been used in a conversation with a child regarding race (and other identity-markers such as gender and class).” This blog is generally a great resource.
A Resource for Talking About Race with Young Children. Raising Race Conscious Children. “The[se] ... strategies have been modeled on th[e] blog” Raising Race Conscious Children.
Silenzi, Andrea. “How to Not (Accidentally) Raise a Racist,” The Longest Shortest Time (podcast), 8 March 2017.
Taylor, Kelley R. “Crucial Conversations: It’s Never Too Early To Talk About Race.” SLJ, 1 July 2020. “This is an opportunity to talk, in everyday moments, about similarities and differences and to take advantage of the diversity that surrounds you—but to have these conversations early on in a way that sets a foundation and lasts for a lifetime of awareness.”
Whittemore, Katherine. “Raising a Child Who Respects Difference.“ Parents.com. “Imagine a world where children of all races and backgrounds understand and respect each other and grow up to be adults who do the same. It is possible with a little help from you.”
HIGH SCHOOL & MIDDLE SCHOOL
Graham, Lawrence Otis. “The Rules: Making Sense of Race & Privilege.” Princeton Alumni Weekly (PAW), 8 Oct 2014.
NOT INTENDED FOR STUDENT USE Greenberg, Jon. Curriculum for White Americans, Citizenship and Social Justice. 10 July 2015. “This website is named after the high school course, Citizenship and Social Justice, that Seattle Public Schools unsuccessfully tried to extinguish stemming from the complaints of one white family opposed to study of race and racism.”
SURJ. “When They See Us Discussion Guide. “The Netflix series, When They See Us by filmmaker Ava DuVernay debuted on May 31st and the next day was steaming at number 1. It ... tells the story of the Central Park Five, a group of Black and Latino boys who were wrongfully accused of sexually assaulting a white woman jogger in Central Park in 1989. … The series provides a provocative and emotional look into our justice system.”