For Parents & Educators

Isn’t it better if my kids just don’t notice race?”
“I just want my kid to treat everyone equally.”
“My child pointed out someone else’s skin color, and I didn’t know what to say.”
“We’ve never brought up racism with our kids–I don’t want them to get the
wrong idea about people…

How do we talk to our kids about race, identity, racism, and anti-racist practices?  As parents, caretakers, and educators, this work should also likely start with investigating our own feelings about and personal experiences these subjects.  Find some resources for that here.  But also consider these books and links as a great place to start some meaningful conversations with the young people in your life.

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More Great Books

We’re Different; We’re the Same, by Bobbi Kates & Joe Math

Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship, by Irene Latham & Charles Waters

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness, by Anastasia Higginbotham

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibrim X. Kendi

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

For Parents and Educators

Talking Race With Young Children, NPR’s LifeKit, 20-minute audio

Talking to White Kids About Race & Racism, Safe Space Radio, 53-minute radio

Articles and Interactive Webinars by Raising Race Conscious Children,

Ten Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids About Race, EmbraceRace,

Talking to Kids About Race, Smithsonian Guide

The 1619 Project Curriculum

Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America, Jennifer Harvey

What if All the Kids are White: Anti-Bias Multicultural Education with Young Children & Families, Louise Derman-Sparks & Patricia G. Ramsey

Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race, Beverly Tatum

Toys, Games, and TV

Favorite Diverse Toys, The Everymom

The Colours of Us

Representation Matters: 35 Black Kids TV Shows You Can Watch Right Now, Mater Mea

6 Diverse Children’s Cartoons (Where the Main Character Isn’t Necessarily White), Huffington Post