Our children get messages about race on the playground, at home and in the news. They might need help processing what they experience. Books can support our conversations with kids by providing accessible stories and information about topics like racial justice, systemic racism, microaggressions and how race shows up in children's media and current events. Check out our list below, curated by children's librarians and members of Denver Public Library's Read. Awareness. Dialogue. Action. (R.A.D.A.) book discussion group.
To dive deeper, attend one of our Talking with Kids About Race workshops for parents, caregivers and educators. In these workshops, adults will explore their own messages about race and discuss strategies to engage children in meaningful dialogue. A children's activity, ideal for ages 3-8, accompanies each workshop.
Discover books by theme, download a PDF by age, or browse all youth titles below.