Kids books about prejudice, racism and inclusiveness

Children are like sponges. They soak up news headlines, images of unrest on TV and social media and are attuned to conversations about current events happening at home. Parents should address questions about racism and humanity that arise and maintain an open dialogue with children, but many parents struggle with how exactly to discuss it with their kids — particularly their young kids. These books may be helpful in getting a meaningful conversation going so your kids can grow up to do better, because racism isn’t something we’re born with, it’s something we learn.

Anti-Racist Baby, by Ibram X. Kendi; ages 0–2

We’re Different, We’re the Same, by Bobbi Kates; ages 3–5

All Are Welcome, by Alexandra Penfold;ages 3–5

Come over to my house, by Dr. Seuss; ages 3-8

The Skin I’m In: A First Look at Racism; by Pat Thomas; ages 3-5

I Am Enough, by Grace Byers; ages 3–5

Game Changers, by Lesa Cline-Ransome; ages 5-8

Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills, by Renee Watson, ages 3–7

Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt de la Peña

Henry’s Freedom Box, by Ellen Levine; ages 4-8

The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Wilson; ages 4–8

Coretta Scott, by Ntozake Shange; ages 4–8

The Big Umbrella, by Amy June Bates; ages 4–7

Freedom On the Menu, by Carole Boston Weatherford; ages 4–8

The Youngest Marcher, by Cynthia Levinson; ages 5–8

I Am Not a Number, by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer; ages 7–11

Where are you from, by Yamile Saied Méndez; ages 7-11

Clean Getaway, by Nic Stone; ages 8-11

One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia; ages 9–12

Not My Idea, by Anastasia Higginbotham; ages 9–12

We Are the Change, by Harry Belafonte; ages 9–12

Ghost Boys, by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Black Brother, Black Brother, by Jewell Parker Rhodes; ages 10-13

Editor’s note: the list is not exhaustive, if you have a suggestion to add to the list, please let us know.