Book Smart

Special Edition on Race and Racism

YOUR KIDS ARE NOT TOO YOUNG TO DISCUSS RACE

Are kids too young to talk about race? No. I don’t always have the right words or know where to begin, so I usually turn to books and encourage you to do the same. Here are a few I have in our school library and a few new ones I’ve ordered to read so I’ll be better equipped to talk about race no matter the age; there’s a book for everyone from pre-k to high school in the image below. Don’t let your fear of having the right words get in the way. Books can start conversations and dialogue about race, so that your silence doesn’t reinforce racism.
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BOOKS WITH BIPOC PROTAGONISTS & HEROES

I also think it’s important to stock our school and classroom library shelves with books featuring BIPOC - particularly as protagonists and heroes; they can act as both the mirrors and windows our students need now more than ever. Some suggested titles are included in the images below.
How to Talk to Kids About Race
A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory

WHAT RACISM LOOKS LIKE: INFOGRAPHIC