Anti-Racism Resources for Adults Talking to Kids

Want to talk to the youth in your life about race equity, racism, and social justice, but not sure where to start? Below we’ve compiled a list of books and other resources for grown-ups, teens, and children to help you have these conversations. 

For Grown Ups:


So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

How to Teach Kids About Racism: A Guide on How to Educate Your Child About Diversity & Being Antiracist by Rebecca J. Jackson

Social Justice Parenting: How to Raise Compassionate, Anti-Racist, Justice-Minded Kids in an Unjust World by Traci Baxley

Bringing up Race: How to Raise a Kind Child in a Prejudiced World by Uju Asika 

How to Raise an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates 

Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry


Resource Guides-

Anti-Racist Resources for Parents by PEPS

Anti-Racism for Parents by Illinois Civics Hub  

Anti-Racism by Creative Equity Toolkit 

Talking to Young Children About Race and Racism by PBS 



Nice White Parents 

Talking Race With Young Children 

Talking to Kids About Race 

Talking to White Kids About Race & Racism  


For Kids:


A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory

Stamped (for kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You by Sonja Cherry-Paul

Sometimes People March by Tessa Allen

The Anti-Racist Kid: A Book About Identity, Justice, and Activism by Tiffany Jewell

Today is Different by Doua Moua

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano

Amina’s Song by Hena Khan

Skin Again by bell hooks

Beautiful Me, Beautiful You by Tasha Spillett-Sumner 

Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor

Together We March: 25 Protest Movements That Marched Into History by Leah Henderson



Kojo for Kids: Jason Reynolds Talks About Racism and the Protests (ages 5+)

StoopKid Stories (ages 8+)

Activist, You (ages 5+)

TimeStorm (ages 9+)

BookClub For Kids (ages 10-14)

Kidnuz (ages 5+)

So Get Me (ages 5+)


For teens:


American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

The March Trilogy by John Lewis

Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice by Bryan Stevenson 

Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America by Ibi Zoboi

Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Internment by Samira Ahmed

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo


Podcasts for teens & adults-

Code Switch (ages 10+)

Bad Brown Aunties  

The Big We 

Still Processing





Films you can watch together-

Turning Red

Akeelah and the Bee

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind


Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse


Hidden Figures

Queen of Katwe 

Over the Moon 

Wish Dragon

The Hate U Give


Other booklists:

The Conscious Kid

The Anti-Racist Reading List by Ibram X. Kendi 

Anti-Racism Summer Reading List  

R!se Up Against Racism’s Anti-Racist Books for Kids and Adults


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Gill Friedlander