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Anti-Racism Resources for Kids & Families

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This moment of amplified, collective pain highlights the urgent need for families to have crucial conversations about racism, racial inequity and the work of challenging personal, institutional and structural racism. 

On this page you will find anti-racism resources developed by Denver Public Library's Read. Awareness. Dialogue. Action. (R.A.D.A.) book discussion group to support conversations about racial justice with children, as well to learn and reflect on your own. Stay tuned for additional resources coming soon.

Click a link below or scroll down to browse selected recommendations for kids.

 

Black Is A Rainbow Color
Joy, Angela, 1975- author.
"A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on"
Not My Idea : A Book About Whiteness
Higginbotham, Anastasia, author, illustrator.
"A young white girl, with the help of her mother, struggles to understand the whys and hows of racism and white supremacy and its long history in the United States, as well as the efforts to combat it."
This Book Is Anti-racist
Jewell, Tiffany, author.
"Learn about identities, true histories, and anti-racism work ... This book is written so young people will feel empowered to stand up to the adults in their lives. This book will give them the language and ability to understand racism and a drive to undo it"
Woke : A Young Poet's Call To Justice
Browne, Mahogany L., author.
"a collection of poems by women of color that reflects the joy and passion in the fight for social justice, tackling topics from discrimination to empathy, and acceptance to speaking out."
Stamped : Racism, Antiracism, And You
Reynolds, Jason, author.
"A history of racist and antiracist ideas in America, from their roots in Europe until today, adapted from the National Book Award winner Stamped from the Beginning"
Something Happened In Our Town : A Child's Story About Racial Injustice
Celano, Marianne, author.
"After discussing the police shooting of a local Black man with their families, Emma and Josh know how to treat a new student who looks and speaks differently than his classmates. Includes an extensive Note to Parents and Caregivers that provides general guidance about addressing racism with children, child-friendly vocabulary definitions, conversation guides, and a link to additional online resources for parents and teachers."
Clean Getaway
Stone, Nic, author.
"For the life of him, William "Scoob" Lamar can't seem to stay out of trouble--and now the run-ins at school have led to lockdown at home. So when G'ma, Scoob's favorite person on Earth, asks him to go on an impromptu road trip, he's in the RV faster than he can say FREEDOM. With G'ma's old maps and a strange pamphlet called the 'Travelers' Green Book' at their side, the pair takes off on a journey down G'ma's memory lane. But adventure quickly turns to uncertainty: G'ma keeps changing the license plate, dodging Scoob's questions, and refusing to check Dad's voice mails. And the farther they go, the more Scoob realizes that the world hasn't always been a welcoming place for kids like him, and things aren't always what they seem--G'ma included."--Jacket flap.
The Undefeated
Alexander, Kwame, author.
"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"
New Kid
Craft, Jerry, author, illustrator.
"Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds--and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?"
Magnificent Homespun Brown : A Celebration
Doyon, Samara Cole, author.
"Joyful young narrators celebrate feeling at home in one's own skin."
King And The Dragonflies
Callender, Kacen, author.
"In a small but turbulent Louisiana town, one boy's grief takes him beyond the bayous of his backyard, to learn that there is no right way to be yourself."
Honeysmoke : A Story Of Finding Your Color
Fields, Monique, author.
"A young biracial girl searches for the perfect color word to describe herself."
The Skin I'm In
Flake, Sharon G.
"Thirteen-year-old Maleeka, uncomfortable because her skin is extremely dark, meets a new teacher with a birthmark on her face and discovers how to love who she is and what she looks like."
Not Quite Snow White
Franklin, Ashley, author.
"Tameika is excited to audition for the school's Snow White musical, but when she overhears her classmates say she is too tall, chubby, and brown to play Snow White, she questions whether she is right for the part."
Little Leaders : Bold Women In Black History
Harrison, Vashti, author, illustrator.
"Based on her popular Instagram posts, debut author/illustrator Vashti Harrison shares the stories of 40 bold African American women who shaped history."
Intersection Allies : We Make Room For All
Johnson, Chelsea, author.
"A handy book about intersectionality that depicts the nuances of identity and embraces difference as a source of community."
Can I Touch Your Hair? : Poems Of Race, Mistakes, And Friendship
Latham, Irene, author.
"Irene Latham, who is white, and Charles Waters, who is black, present paired poems about topics including family dinners, sports, recess, and much more. This relatable collection explores different experiences of race in America."
Don't Touch My Hair!
Miller, Sharee (Illustrator), author, illustrator.
"Aria loves her soft and bouncy hair, but must go to extremes to avoid people who touch it without permission until, finally, she speaks up. Includes author's note."
Sulwe
Nyong'o, Lupita, author.
"When five-year-old Sulwe's classmates make fun of her dark skin, she tries lightening herself to no avail, but a shooting star's tale of the sisters Night and Day helps her understand there is beauty and worth in every shade."
A Good Kind Of Trouble
Ramée, Lisa Moore, author.
"After attending a powerful protest, Shayla starts wearing an armband to school to support the Black Lives Matter movement, but when the school gives her an ultimatum, she is forced to choose between her education and her identity."
Ruth And The Green Book
Ramsey, Calvin A.
"When Ruth and her parents take a motor trip from Chicago to Alabama to visit her grandma, they rely on a pamphlet called "The Negro Motorist Green Book" to find places that will serve them. Includes facts about 'The Green Book.'"
Bedtime Bonnet
Redd, Nancy
"This joyous and loving celebration of family is the first-ever picture book to highlight Black nighttime hair traditions--and is perfect for every little girl who knows what it's like to lose her bonnet just before bedtime."
All American Boys
Reynolds, Jason, author.
"When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn's alternating viewpoints."
Ghost Boys
Rhodes, Jewell Parker, author.
"After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys including historical figure Emmett Till"-- Provided by publisher."
On The Playground : Our First Talk About Prejudice
Roberts, Jillian, 1971- author.
"Gives a comprehensive introduction to the topic of prejudice."
M Is For Melanin : [a Celebration Of The Black Child]
Rose, Tiffany, author.
"Each letter of the alphabet contains affirming, Black-positive messages, from A is for Afro, to F is for Fresh, to W is for Worthy. This book teaches children their ABCs while encouraging them to love the skin that they're in."
Genesis Begins Again
Williams, Alicia, 1970- author.
"Thirteen-year-old Genesis tries again and again to lighten her black skin, thinking it is the root of her family's troubles, before discovering reasons to love herself as is."
Brown Girl Dreaming
Woodson, Jacqueline.
"Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement."