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The Undefeated , by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson
The Undefeated by
Publication Date: 2019-04-02
Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present.
Ron's Big Mission, by Rose Blue and Corinne Naden, illustrated by Don Tate
Ron's Big Mission by
Publication Date: 2009-01-22
Nine-year-old Ron, a frequent visitor to the Lake City Public Library in South Carolina in the 1950s, where he pores over books on airplanes and flight, makes his own quiet stand against segregation when he decides to apply for his own library card. Based on the life of astronaut Ron McNair.
Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness, by Anastasia Higginbotham
Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by
Publication Date: 2018-09-04
A white child sees a TV news report of a white police officer shooting and killing a black man. 'In our family, we don't see color,' his mother says, but he sees the colors plain enough. An afternoon in the library's history stacks uncover the truth of white supremacy in America. Racism was not his idea and he refuses to defend it.
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices by
Publication Date: 2019-12-31
"What do we tell our children when the world seems bleak, and prejudice and racism run rampant? With 96 designed pages of original art and prose, fifty diverse creators lend voice to young activists.
The Colors of Us, by Karen Katz
The Colors of Us by
Publication Date: 2002-10-01
Seven-year-old Lena is going to paint a picture of herself. She wants to use brown paint for her skin. But when she and her mother take a walk through the neighborhood, Lena learns that brown comes in many different shades. Through the eyes of a little girl who begins to see her familiar world in a new way, this book celebrates the differences and similarities that connect all people.
Antiracist Baby, by Ibram X. Kendi
AntiRacist Baby by
Publication Date: 2020-06-16
Take your first steps with Antiracist Baby! Or rather, follow Antiracist Baby‘s nine easy steps for building a more equitable world.
Let's Talk About Race, by Julius Lester, illustrated by Karen Barbour
Let's Talk about Race by
Publication Date: 2008-12-23
The author introduces the concept of race as only one component in an individual's or nation's "story." Julius Lester said: "I write because our lives are stories. If enough of these stories are told, then perhaps we will begin to see that our lives are the same story. The differences are merely in the details."
I am a story. So are you. So is everyone.
A Kids Book About Racism, by Jelani Memory
A Kids Book About Racism by
Call Number: 305.8 Mem
Publication Date: 2019
Yes, this really is a kids book about racism. Inside, you'll find a clear description of what racism is, how it makes people feel when they experience it, and how to spot it when it happens. This is one conversation that's never too early to start, and this book was written to be an introduction for kids on the topic.
Sulwe, by Lupita Nyong'o, illustrated by Vashti Harrison
Publication Date: 2019-10-15
When five-year-old Sulwe's classmates make fun of her dark skin, she tries lightening herself to no avail, but her encounter with a shooting star helps her understand there is beauty in every shade.
Hidden Figures The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by
Publication Date: 2018-01-16
In this picture book edition, readers can explore the story of four female African American mathematicians at NASA, known as "colored computers," and how they overcame gender and racial barriers to succeed in a highly challenging STEM-based career.
Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story About Racial Injustice
The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López
The Day You Begin by
Publication Date: 2018-08-28
Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.
11 Children's Books To Teach Your Kids About Racism And Discrimination
A list of children's books that "break down the social and civil issues affecting the black community in a way that uplifts." By Joe-Marie McKenzie, writinng in the June 2, 2020 issue of Essence magazine.
23 Books That Teach Young Kids About Diversity, Inclusion, and Equality
A list of books that Popsugar editors recommend that parents read to their young children, starting from birth. Some of these books are examples of the type of representation they want to see more of in children's books, and others teach valuable lessons of inclusion and equality. By Stacy Hersher, writing for Popsugar.
50 Board Books Featuring Faces of Color
The 50 books in this list—many of which are by #OwnVoices creators—show Black, Indigenous, and people of color learning new skills, fighting for justice, and simply living their lives—and they’re all appropriate for ages 0–3.
Children's Books About Race and Racism
A list of 24 children's books that discuss race and racism shared by Brittany Smith, a pre-kindergarten teacher from New Jersey on her Twitter account - and then shared again on Buzz Feed.
Choosing and Reading Picture Books
8 tips for choosing “good” picture books featuring Black and Indigenous people and People of Color (BIPOC)
Gives advice for how you can evaluate the quality of picture books featuring Black and Indigenous People and People of Color (BIPOC). Provides link to 'Diverse BookFinder' - a tool for finding diverse books for children, including picture books. Authors: Dr. Krista Aronson, Anne Sibley O’Brien, and Dr. Andrea Breau. Presented by Embrace Race.
10 Tips for Reading Picture Books with Children through a Race-Conscious Lens
Tips on guiding children to and through picture books with positive racial representations, while supporting kids in resisting or reading against racist content. These tips draw on the Whole Book Approach and other resources to highlight how picture books can provoke meaningful, transformative conversations between children and adults that “embrace race.” Author: Megan Dowd Lambert. Presented by Embrace Race
Choosing Excellent Children’s Books by and About American Indians
Tips for caregivers and educators how to choose children's books that can help children learn about Native peoples. Author: Dr. Debbie Reese is tribally enrolled at Nambe Pueblo in northern New Mexico and is the co-founder of American Indians in Children's Literature. Presented by Embrace Race.