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Children (Primary: Grades K-2)

Updated: Jul 29, 2020

**Please preview any material prior to sharing with your child. Some material and/or content is heavier than others, and some children are more ready for deeper discussion than others. Use your judgement, as a parent, taking into consideration what your child is ready to hear and discuss.


Fiction - The Other Side By Jaqueline Woodson

Nonfiction - The Undefeated By Kwame Alexander


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Considerations for Early Childhood and Early Elementary Educators on Slavery and Resistance

Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children's Books

Freedom Reads: AntiBias Book Talk Series

Books for K-2

Fiction (just a sampling of many great titles)

Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi

Different Differenter: An Activity Book About Skin Color by Jyoti Gupta

Each Kindness by Jaqueline Woodson

Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry

I Am Enough by Grace Byers

Nya's Long Walk by Linda Sue Park

The Other Side by Jaqueline Woodson

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts

What is Given From the Heart by Patricia McKissack

NonFiction (just a sampling of many great titles):

Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery by Sandra Neil Wallace

Counting on Katherine by Helaine Becker

Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History by Walter Dean Myers

It’s Ok to Be Different by Todd Parr

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis by Jabari Asim

Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super Soaking Stream of Inventions by Christ Barton

The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson




8 Podcasts That Help You Talk to Kids About Race, Plus 10 racially diverse podcasts your kids will enjoy

The Bello Collective


Black Lives Matter Instructional Library (Interactive Slide Presentation)

(Need Source) This resource provides direct links to texts read aloud for younger children.

Is My Skin Brown Because I Drank Chocolate Milk?

TedTalk by Beverly Daniel Tatum

A Kid's Book About Racism by Jelani Memory


You Matter - A Read Along with Christian Robinson

Sesame Street Explains Black Lives Matter

CNN & Sesame Street

Abby Cadabby Shares a Personal Story

CNN & Sesame Street


Booklists: 60 carefully selected lists of multicultural and social justice books for children, young adults and educators

How To Talk to Kids About Race (Ages 3-8)

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