Children’s Books That Can Help You Explain Racism and Protest to Your Kids

As our social media, radio stations, newspapers, and news outlets are covering the tragic and racially-charged current events across the nation, children and youth are likely to hear disturbing audio and see disturbing images and videos. For some families, talking about race is a regular part of daily life. For others, it’s a subject that can be difficult to discuss. But for everyone, it’s an incredibly important conversation. There are developmentally appropriate ways to talk to children of all ages about racism. Initiating an age-appropriate conversation gives children a helpful frame for understanding painful realities.

KITM has provided a list of children’s books that parents may find helpful for starting the discussion:

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

We’re Different, We’re the Same (Sesame Street)

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation

Last Stop on Market Street

One Crazy Summer

Skin Again Hardcover

All American Boys

Lila and the Crow

The ABC’s of Diversity: Helping Kids (and Ourselves!) Embrace Our Differences

The Youngest Marcher