Parents who don’t proactively talk about racial issues with their children are inadvertently teaching their children that race is a taboo topic. Parents who want to raise children to accept individuals from diverse cultures need to deal with negative attitudes that their children develop.

To end racism, we must change. To improve, we must change the world around us. We must commit to do the work of learning, repairing, and take in the wounds that are still festering from our history. We need to realize there is harm that our past has done to others and work to repair and heal others. The only way we can do this is to pass down what we know to our children. Before we can teach our children, we need to understand anti-racism ourselves — and then lead by example.

Education can be tricky depending on the ages of our children, but we need to start somewhere. These books that I have researched are age-appropriate for readers of all ages and levels to understand racism and tolerance. 

PRESCHOOL

This book
empowers parents and children to uproot racism in our society and in ourselves.
A positive and affirming look at skin color, from an artist’s perspective

EARLY READERS

Following a police shooting, two families – one White and one Black – discuss the event, its aftermath, and what they can do to help.
There will be times when you walk into a room
and no one there is quite like you.

TEENS

20 lessons for teens and tweens to understand how to not only not be racist, but to identify and stand up for racism when they see it.
Ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.

ADULTS

Hard-hitting, thought-provoking, and inspiring, Conversations in Black offers sage wisdom for navigating race in a radically divisive America
Allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’