Books are not only written to teach kids in schools. They are also written for people to learn vital life lessons.
With the current state of things with racism in the United States, it is important for parents to teach their kids about racism. This can be done by giving them books that educate them about it.
We already know that silence does not work, and talking about racism to kids can be difficult. So how do we do it? Here are some children’s books that talk about racism and diversity.
1) Books On Racism For Kids: Last Stop On The Market Street
This book encourages kids and parents to celebrate and talk openly about diversity. Last Stop On The Market Street is a 2015 picture book written by American author, Matt de la Peña. It was illustrated by Christian Robinson.
2) Books On Racism For Kids: Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness
This educational book explores racism, white supremacy and privilege. It helps white families learn and teach their kids how to be antiracist. This book can help non-Black people accept that racism is real. It was written by Anastasia Higginbotham.
3) Books On Racism For Kids: Sulwe
Sulwe is a book that explores color. It is the fictional story of a girl who wishes for her dark skin to be light. The book teaches kids of color to love themselves, despite what others say about them. Sulwe was written by actress Lupita Nyong’o and illustrated by Vashti Harrison.
4) Books on Racism For Kids: This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work
This book teaches kids to speak up against racism. It is written for teenagers who don’t know how to speak to racist adults. The book is written by Tiffany Jewell. It was illustrated by a French illustrator, Aurélia Duran.
5) Books On Racism For Kids: Separate Is Never Equal
Separate Is Never Equal is a book about racism and segregation. It is a picture book about the life story of Sylvia Mendez. Sylvia and her parents fought to end school segregation in California. This book teaches kids about how people of color don’t get equal treatment in society. The book is a 2015 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book.
Books teach kids to see things from the perspective of others. Reading books about racism and activism can teach kids to stand against injustice.