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What does it mean to be an anti-racist? An anti-racist is someone who actively opposes racism. When the news of the world is hard, families often seek resources to help guide their conversations at home. Here are some we thought would get you started.
Books for Younger Chlldren
Let's Talk about Race by
Publication Date: 2005-01-04
I am a story.So are you. So is everyone. Julius Lester says, "I write because our lives are stories. If enough of those stories are told, then perhaps we will begin to see that our lives are the same story. The differences are merely in the details." Now Mr. Lester shares his own story as he explores what makes each of us special. Karen Barbour's dramatic, vibrant paintings speak to the heart of Lester's unique vision, truly a celebration of all of us.
The Undefeated by
Publication Date: 2019-04-02
Winner of the 2020 Caldecott Medal A 2020 Newbery Honor Book Winner of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award This is an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree. 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.
New Kid by
Publication Date: 2019-02-05
Winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award, and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers' Literature! This is a timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real.
I Walk with Vanessa: a Story about a Simple Act of Kindness by
Publication Date: 2018-04-24
Named by Parents Magazine as the "Best Book that Champions Kindness"! This wordless picture book tells the story of one girl who inspires a community to stand up to bullying. Inspired by real events, Walk with Vanessa explores the feelings of helplessness and anger that arise in the wake of seeing a classmate treated badly, and shows how a single act of kindness can lead to an entire community joining in to help. By choosing only pictures to tell their story, the creators underscore the idea that someone can be an ally without having to say a word.
Can I Touch Your Hair?: poems of race, mistakes, and friendship by
Publication Date: 2018-01-01
Two poets, one white and one black, explore race and childhood. How can Irene and Charles work together on their fifth grade poetry project? They don't know each other . . . and they're not sure they want to. Irene Latham, who is white, and Charles Waters, who is black, use this fictional setup to delve into different experiences of race in a relatable way, exploring such topics as hair, hobbies, and family dinners.
Ninth Ward by
Publication Date: 2010-08-16
From New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a heartbreaking and uplifting tale of survival in the face of Hurricane Katrina.
The Jacket by
Publication Date: 2003-08-01
When Phil sees another kid wearing his brother's jacket, he assumes the jacket was stolen. It turns out he was wrong, and Phil has to ask himself the question: Would he have made the same assumption if the boy wearing the jacket hadn't been African American? And that question leads to others that reveal some unsettling truths about Phil's neighborhood, his family, and even himself.
The Liberation of Gabriel King by
Publication Date: 2005-01-01
Gabriel, a white boy who is being bullied, and Frita, an African-American girl facing prejudice, decide to overcome their many fears together as they enter fifth grade in Georgia in 1976.
Resources & Articles
Talking about Race
Using a course-like structure, this accessible resource provides tools and guidance to families, educators, and individuals to inspire conversation around race.
Center for Racial Justice in Education
A list of excellent articles resources for talking about race, racism and racialized violence with kids.
Conscious Kids Resource Kit
Marin County Public Library's Conscious Kids Resources has a series of recommended book titles, articles, and other resources.
Founded by parents, Embrace Race Is an excellent resource for resources, tools and ideas for how to talk with kids about race. From their webinars to online discussion spaces, to parent and teacher resources this is a go-to organization to learn hands-on strategies for talking about race. Sign up for their newsletter, or check out their YouTube videos.
How White Parents Can Raise Anti-Racist Kids
Movies, TV, and books can be powerful teaching tools when it comes to helping kids understand race, racism, and a history of racial oppression.
Video For Families of Younger Children
Helping Kids Process Violence, Trauma, and Race in a World of Nonstop News
This webinar is a panel discussion hosted by Common Sense Media on 6/2/2020. Racism has a profound impact on the health and well-being of our kids. Right now, racism against the Black community is being laid bare for all families to see—from the pandemic's disproportionate impact to police brutality and other racist violence. (59 minutes)
Videos for Older Children & Adults
Books for Older Children
Genesis Begins Again by
Publication Date: 2019-01-15
This deeply sensitive and powerful debut novel tells the story of a thirteen-year-old who must overcome internalized racism and a verbally abusive family to finally learn to love herself.
The Hate U Give by
Publication Date: 2017-02-28
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.
How to Be an Antiracist by
Publication Date: 2019-08-13
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a "groundbreaking" (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society--and in ourselves.
All American Boys by
Publication Date: 2017-08-29
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.
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by
Publication Date: 2020-03-10
This is NOT a history book. This is a book about the here and now. A book about race. The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. explores the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future.
Ghost Boys by
Publication Date: 2019-09-10
A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.
How It Went Down by
Publication Date: 2014-10-21
When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson dies from two gunshot wounds, his community is thrown into an uproar. Tariq was black. The shooter, Jack Franklin, is white. In the aftermath of Tariq's death, everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events line up.
A Good Kind of Trouble by
Publication Date: 2019-03-12
Twelve-year-old Shayla is allergic to trouble. All she wants to do is to follow the rules. But in junior high, it's like all the rules have changed. Now she's suddenly questioning who her best friends are and some people at school are saying she's not black enough. Shay's sister, Hana, is involved in Black Lives Matter, but Shay doesn't think that's for her. After experiencing a powerful protest, though, Shay decides some rules are worth breaking. She starts wearing an armband to school in support of the Black Lives movement. Soon everyone is taking sides.
Dear Martin by
Publication Date: 2018-09-04
Justyce McAllister is a good kid, an honor student, and always there to help a friend--but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs.
Piecing Me Together by
Publication Date: 2017-02-14
Renee Watson once again delivers a thoughtful and relevant story about issues of race, privilege, and female relationships.
Between the World and Me by
Publication Date: 2015-07-14
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis.