Books to Help You Talk About Racism

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Books are some of the best ways to have conversations about difficult topics with our children. These are books to help you talk with your kids about racism.

Also check out this list of our favorite books featuring diverse characters doing everyday life.

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The Red Pencil
So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk Toward Freedom
Stella by Starlight
Carter Reads the Newspaper
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards))
Fearless Mary: Mary Fields, American Stagecoach Driver
Show Way
The Underground Abductor (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales #5): An Abolitionist Tale about Harriet Tubman
Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters
The Watcher
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance
Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra
Piecing Me Together
Martin Rising: Requiem For a King
Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound
Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad
Martin’s Big Words (Big Words): The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America (Coretta Scott King Award – Author Winner Title(s))
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song
Pink and Say
Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness
My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Brown Girl Dreaming
The Story Of Ruby Bridges: Special Anniversary Edition
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin (Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards))
I Have a Dream (Book & CD)
Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa
Bud, Not Buddy
Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Elijah of Buxton
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race
A Poem for Peter
Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad
The The Madman of Piney Woods
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt (Reading Rainbow Books)
The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963

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“The recommendations are spot on. Sort of freaky in a good way! 😂”
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“Excellent book choices and easy to use!”
Amy C.

“Fun quiz and easy to use. Thank you!”
Sarah Y.