Celebrated Children's Books To Start The Conversation About Race
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Celebrated Children's Books To Start The Conversation About Race

Leah Freeman-Haskin
Leah Freeman-Haskin Jul 8, 2020

Today is a great day to start or continue the conversation about race with your children. If you need a little help getting started, these books are celebrated for offering honest, age-appropriate conversations about acceptance, the celebration of diversity, and self-love.

1. Sulwe

By Lupita Nyong’o

Age 4-8

“From Academy Award–winning actress Lupita Nyong’o comes a powerful, moving picture book about colorism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within. Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything.”

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2. Chocolate Me!

By Taye Diggs

Ages 4-8

“A timely book about how it feels to be teased and taunted, and how each of us is sweet and lovely and delicious on the inside, no matter how we look. The boy is teased for looking different than the other kids. His skin is darker, his hair curlier. He tells his mother he wishes he could be more like everyone else. And she helps him to see how beautiful he really, truly is.”

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3. The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist

By Cynthia Levinson

Ages 5-8

“Audrey Faye Hendricks was confident and bold and brave as can be, and hers is the remarkable and inspiring story of one child’s role in the Civil Rights Movement. She was the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963, in this moving picture book that proves you’re never too little to make a difference.”

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4. Resist: 40 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Up Against Tyranny and Injustice

By Veronica Chambers

Ages 9-12

“A perfect tool for young readers as they grow into the leaders of tomorrow, Veronica Chambers’s inspiring collection of profiles—along with Senator Cory Booker’s stirring foreword—will inspire readers of all ages to stand up for what’s right. Resist profiles men and women who resisted tyranny, fought the odds, and stood up to bullies that threatened to harm their communities. Along with their portraits and most memorable quotes, their stories will inspire you to speak out and rise up—every single day.”

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5. All American Boys

By Jason Reynolds

Ages 12+

“A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book, and recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature. In this New York Times bestselling novel, two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.”

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