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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Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound
The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come
Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance
Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America (Coretta Scott King Award – Author Winner Title(s))
Fearless Mary: Mary Fields, American Stagecoach Driver
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Martin Rising: Requiem For a King
Pink and Say
It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way
Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness
Martin’s Big Words (Big Words): The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Brown Girl Dreaming
Free As A Bird: The Story of Malala
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))
Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré
Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards))
Bud, Not Buddy
My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Elijah of Buxton
Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot’s World War II Story
Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa
A Poem for Peter
I Have a Dream (Book & CD)
The The Madman of Piney Woods
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race
The Red Pencil
Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Stella by Starlight
Sixteen Years In Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards))
Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad
Show Way
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt (Reading Rainbow Books)
Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters
So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk Toward Freedom
The Watcher
Carter Reads the Newspaper
Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra
Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln
Piecing Me Together
The Underground Abductor (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales #5): An Abolitionist Tale about Harriet Tubman
The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963

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