Resources on Race and Racism

30+ Resources to Help Teach Your Kids About Race and Racism

For parents struggling to talk to their children about the current events surrounding race and racism, we have put together a list of books, videos, and other media based on age for parents to share with their children. 

Disclaimer: These resources are meant as a support to parents to educate and talk to their children about race and racism and should not be treated as the only material needed. 

Age 2–5  

Books


Say Something – Peter Reynolds (Starts at $9, amazon.com)

The World Needs More Purple People – Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart (Starts at $11, amazon.com)  

More, More, More Said the Baby – Vera B. Williams (Starts at $7, amazon.com)

Princess Hair – Sharee Miller (Starts at $7, amazon.com)

Lullaby – Langston Hughes (Starts at $14, amazon.com)

Age 6–11

Books


American Born Chinese – Gene Luen Yang (Starting at $8, amazon.com)

Let’s Talk About Race – Julius Lester (Starting at $8, amazon.com)

Something Happened in Our Town –  Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard (Starting at $0, amazon.com)

Last Stop on Market Street – Matt de la Peña (Starting at $11, amazon.com)

Brown Girl Dreaming – Jacqueline Woodson (Starting at $8, amazon.com)

Movies


  • The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind (2019)
  • Queen of Katwe (2016)
  • Moana (2016)
  • The Princess and the Frog (2009)
  • The Wiz (1978)

Ages 12-18

Books


Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Starting at $8, amazon.com)

Almost American Girl – Robin Ha (Starting at $11, amazon.com)

The House on Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros (Starting at $7.50, amazon.com)

I Was Their American Dream – Malaka Gharib (Starting at $10, amazon.com)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie (Starting at $10, amazon.com)

The Complete Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi (Starting at $15, amazon.com)

Tyrell – Coe Booth (Starting at $6, amazon.com)

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas (Starting at $11, amazon.com)

Movies:


  • Hidden Figures (2016)
  • Fences (2016)
  • The Great Debaters (2007)
  • Remember the Titans (2000)
  • The Color Purple (1985)
  • And the Children Shall Lead (1985)

Parents

Books


How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood – Jim Grimsley (Starting at $10, amazon.com)

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches – Audre Lorde (Starting at $23, amazon.com)

Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates (Starting at $13, amazon.com)

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race – Beverly Daniel Tatum (Starting at $13, amazon.com)

For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood… and the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education – Christopher Emdin (Starting at $13, amazon.com)

Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race – Derald Wing Sue (Starting at $16, amazon.com)

The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander (Starting at $10, amazon.com)

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice – Paul Kivel (Starting at $13, amazon.com)

Waiting Till The Midnight Hour – Penial E. Joseph (Starting at $13, amazon.com)

Movies:


  • American Son (2019)
  • Get Out (2017)
  • Moonlight (2016)
  • 12 Years a Slave (2013)
  • Malcolm X (1992)