Talking about Race to Your Children:  What Should I Say?


to Support Anti-Racist Practices

Books for Children

  • Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o, illustrated by Vashti Harrison (at BPL) (at Frugal Bookstore)

  • All Because You Matter by Tami Charles, illustrated by Bryan Collier

  • The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali, illustrated by Hatem Aly (at BPL)

  • I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes, illustrated by Bryan Collier (at BPL) (at Amazon)

  • Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz, illustrated by AG Ford

  • Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

  • It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Julie Morstad

  • Where Are You From? by Yamile Saied Méndez, illustrated by Jaime Kim

  • The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López

  • Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

  • Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged! by Jody Nyasha Warner and Richard Rudnicki

  • My Hair is a Garden by Cozbi A. Cabrera

  • I Am Not A Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer, illustrated by Gillian Newland

  • Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed, illustrated by Stasia Burrington

  • Sing a Song: How "Lift Every Voice and Sing" Inspired Generations by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Keith Mallett

  • Just in time for the 120th anniversary of the song "Lift Every Voice and Sing"--this stirring book celebrates the Black National Anthem and how it inspired five generations of a family.

  • Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin

  • Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

  • Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey, illustrated by Floyd Cooper

  • Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Jamey Christoph

  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

  • Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison

  • The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren, illustrated by Fabio Santomauro

  • Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Laura Freeman

  • When I Was Eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

  • That’s Not Fair! Emma Tenayuca’s Struggle for Justice by Carmen Tafolla and Sharyll Tenayuca, illustrated by Terry Ybáñez

  • We Are Grateful, Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frané Lessac

  • Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop by Alice Faye Duncan, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

  • Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal

  • Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas by Gwendolyn Hooks, illustrated Colin Bootman

  • A Different Pond by Bao Phi, illustrated by Thi Bui


Books for Adults

  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (at BPL) (at Frugal Bookstore)

  • How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

  • Divided Sisters by Midge WIlson and Kathy Russell

  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

  • Their Eyes are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

  • They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

  • Fatal Invention by Dorothy Roberts

  • Locking Up Our Own by James Forman

  • The  Miners Canary by Lani GUiner and Gerald Torres

  • The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon



  • "Just Mercy" (

  • "13th" (Netflix)

  • "American Son" (Netflix)

  • "Dear White People" (Netflix) 

  • "If Beale Street Could Talk" (Hulu)

  • "Kind in the Wilderness" (HBO)

  • "See You Yesterday" (Netflix)

  • "The Hate You Give" (Cinemax)

  • "When They See Us" (Netflix)

  • "Roots" (Hulu)


  • "1619" by NY Times

  • "About Race"

  • "Code Switch" by NPR

  • "Intersectionality Matters!" by Kim Crenshaw

  • "Momentum: A Rae Forward Podcast"

  • "Pod For the Cause" (Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

  • "Pod Save the People" (Crooked Media)

  • "Seeing White"

  • "Parenting Forward Podcast" - Episode 5: ‘Five Pandemic Parent Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt

  • "Fare of the Free Child"