Books to Help Talk about Race, Racism, and Justice with Young Kids

A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart Cover Image
By Zetta Elliott, Noa Denmon (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374307417
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - July 21st, 2020

In this powerful, affirming poem by award-winning author Zetta Elliott, a Black child explores his shifting emotions throughout the year.

There is a place inside of me
a space deep down inside of me
where all my feelings hide.


Big Papa and the Time Machine Cover Image
By Daniel Bernstrom, Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062463319
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Published: HarperCollins - January 14th, 2020

A beautiful journey into African American history: Discover the true meaning of being brave in this tender and whimsical picture book from Daniel Bernstrom (One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree; Gator, Gator, Gator) and Shane Evans (Chocolate Me!) that follows a grandfather and grandson traveling through time and discovering their own African American history.


Antiracist Baby Picture Book Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593110508
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Published: Kokila - July 14th, 2020

A #1 New York Times Bestseller!
Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices!
Featured on Good Morning America, NPR's Morning Edition, CBS This Morning, and more!


Skin Again Cover Image
By Bell Hooks, Chris Raschka (Illustrator), Chris Raschka (Cover design or artwork by)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781484799239
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 6th, 2017

From legendary author and critic bell hooks and multi-Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka comes a new way to talk about race and identity that will appeal to parents of the youngest readers.

The skin I'm in is just a covering. It cannot tell my story. If you want to know who I am, you have got to come inside and open your heart way wide.


The Undefeated Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328780966
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Published: Versify - April 2nd, 2019

Winner of the 2020 Caldecott Medal
A 2020 Newbery Honor Book
Winner of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

The Newbery Award-winning author of THE CROSSOVER pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree.

Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life


Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780884487975
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Published: Tilbury House Publishers - January 7th, 2020

Kirkus Starred Review

PW Starred Review

School Library Journal Starred Review

"The definition of brown joy. THESE are the normalizations in stories that we need, unadulterated Black and Brown joy full of self-esteem and confidence..." the tiny activist


Black Is a Rainbow Color Cover Image
By Angela Joy, Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626726314
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 14th, 2020

A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


Freedom Bird: A Tale of Hope and Courage Cover Image
By Jerdine Nolen, James E. Ransome (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780689871672
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - January 14th, 2020

“Powerful storytelling and immersive art.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Vibrant writing and magical realism lift this story to one of triumph.” —Publishers Weekly
“Nolen's lively prose style recalls the richness of the oral tradition in this tale of triumphant courage and abiding hope.” —The Horn B


Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250311207
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 10th, 2020

"This collection of poems by women of color covers topics relating to social justice, activism, discrimination and empathy, focusing on the need to speak out and inspiring middle-graders." -Vogue

Woke: A Young Poet's Guide to Justice
is a collection of poems to inspire kids to stay woke and become a new generation of activists.


I Didn't Stand Up Cover Image
By Lucy Falcone, Jacqueline Hudon (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781988347066
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Published: Clockwise Press - February 1st, 2019

First they went after Jalal. But I'm not black. So I didn't stand up for him.

Then they went after Mariana. I was born in this country -- So I didn't stand up for her.


Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans Cover Image
By Kadir Nelson, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780061730795
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Published: Balzer + Bray - December 23rd, 2013

The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. In Heart and Soul, Kadir Nelson's stirring paintings and words grace 100-plus pages of a gorgeous picture book—a beautiful gift for readers of all ages, a treasure to share across generations at home or in the classroom.


Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781512404425
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - January 1st, 2018

Two poets, one white and one black, explore race and childhood in this must-have collection tailored to provoke thought and conversation.


Counting on Community Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9781609806323
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Published: Triangle Square - September 22nd, 2015

Counting on Community is Innosanto Nagara's follow-up to his hit ABC book, A is for Activist. Counting up from one stuffed piñata to ten hefty hens--and always counting on each other--children are encouraged to recognize the value of their community, the joys inherent in healthy eco-friendly activities, and the agency they posses to make change.


The Other Side Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399231162
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 15th, 2001

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Clover's mom says it isn't safe to cross the fence that segregates their African-American side of town from the white side where Anna lives. But the two girls strike up a friendship, and get around the grown-ups' rules by sitting on top of the fence together.


We Are the Change: Words of Inspiration from Civil Rights Leaders (Books for Kid Activists, Activism Book for Children) Cover Image
By Harry Belafonte (Introduction by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452170398
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 7th, 2019

Sixteen award-winning children's book artists illustrate the civil rights quotations that inspire them in this stirring and beautiful book. Featuring an introduction by Harry Belafonte, words from Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. among others, this inspirational collection sets a powerful example for generations of young leaders to come.


All of Us Cover Image
By Carin Berger, Carin Berger (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062694133
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 8th, 2018

Acclaimed and award-winning picture book creator Carin Berger shares a moving story of community, empathy, and the power of love.

With a universal message and stunning paper collage art, this striking book is just right for fans of Matt de la Peña’s Love and Emily Winfield Martin’s The Wonderful Things You Will Be.  


A is for Activist Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9781609805395
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Published: Triangle Square - November 19th, 2013

One of NPR's Top 100 Book for Young Readers 

“Reading it is almost like reading Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, but for two-year olds—full of pictures and rhymes and a little cat to find on every page that will delight the curious toddler and parents alike.”—Occupy Wall Street



Let's Talk About Race Cover Image
By Julius Lester, Karen Barbour (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780064462266
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Published: HarperCollins - December 23rd, 2008

"This wonderful book should be a first choice for all collections and is strongly recommended as a springboard for discussions about differences.” —School Library Journal (starred review)


We Say No!: A Child's Guide to Resistance (Wee Rebel) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781945665066
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Published: Manic D Press - October 31st, 2017

"In We Say NO John and Jana's wee playful anarchists return with a lovely and refreshing memo to their mates: Every rebellious NO is also quite naturally an exquisite YES No to war is yes to peace; no to hatred, an embracing yes to love; no to being labeled, sorted, measured, ranked, and judged, an empowering yes to one's own distinctive humanity and potential agency."--Bill Ayers,


Don't Touch My Hair! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316562584
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 6th, 2018

An entertaining picture book that teaches the importance of asking for permission first as a young girl attempts to escape the curious hands that want to touch her hair.


Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story about Racial Injustice Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781433828546
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Published: Magination Press - March 1st, 2018

A NEW YORK TIMES AND #1 INDIEBOUND BEST SELLER

A Little Free Library Action Book Club Selection

National Parenting Product Award Winner (NAPPA)


Let the Children March Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544704527
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - January 2nd, 2018

Coretta Scott King Honor Award for Illustration2019

I couldn't play on the same playground as the white kids. 
I couldn't go to their schools.  
I couldn't drink from their water fountains.  
There were so many things I couldn't do. 

In 1963 Birmingham, Alabama,&#


Hands Up! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525552314
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Published: Dial Books - January 22nd, 2019

This triumphant picture book recasts a charged phrase as part of a black girl's everyday life--hands up for a hug, hands up in class, hands up for a high five--before culminating in a moment of resistance at a protest march.


Woke Baby Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250308986
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - December 31st, 2018

For all the littlest progressives, waking up to seize a new day of justice and activism.

Woke babies are up early. Woke babies raise their fists in the air. Woke babies cry out for justice. Woke babies grow up to change the world.


Chocolate Me! Cover Image
By Taye Diggs, Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250207852
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - May 7th, 2019

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.


Hey Black Child Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316360296
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Published: LB Kids - December 17th, 2019

Six-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and four-time Caldecott Honor recipient Bryan Collier brings this classic, inspirational poem to life, written by poet Useni Eugene Perkins.

Hey black child,

Do you know who you are?

Who really are?Do you know you can be

What you want to be

If you try to be


Hey Black Child Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316360302
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 14th, 2017

Six-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and four-time Caldecott Honor recipient Bryan Collier brings this classic, inspirational poem to life, written by poet Useni Eugene Perkins.

Hey black child,

Do you know who you are?

Who really are?Do you know you can be

What you want to be

If you try to be


Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness (Ordinary Terrible Things) Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781948340007
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Published: Dottir Press - September 4th, 2018

An honest explanation about how power and privilege factor into the lives of white children, at the expense of other groups, and how they can help seek justice. --THE NEW YORK TIMES

**A WHITE RAVEN 2019 SELECTION**

NAMED ONE OF SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL'S BEST BOOKS OF 2018


Antiracist Baby Board Book Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593110416
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Published: Kokila - June 16th, 2020

A #1 New York Times Bestseller!
Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices!
Featured on Good Morning America, NPR's Morning Edition, CBS This Morning, and more!


Intersectionallies: We Make Room for All Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781948340083
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Published: Dottir Press - July 23rd, 2019

A] celebration of solidarity, allyship, and community...A welcoming resource for conversations about equality and social justice that shows readers how identities are made up of myriad influences.--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY


An ABC of Equality Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780711262140
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - September 1st, 2020

A is for Accessibility, B is for Belief, C is for Class. All people have the right to be treated fairly, no matter who they are, what they look like or where they come from. This bestselling book An ABC of Equality introduces complicated concepts surrounding social justice to the youngest of children.