Anti-Racism Books for Kids of All Ages

Jun 5, 2020 | General Family Law

The murder of George Floyd has caused a public rediscovery of America’s legacy of racism.The road to justice has several lanes. In order to move in the right direction, it is our responsibility as parents to teach our kids about anti-racism. This week’s blog post is inspired by a recent New York Times article which provides a list of age-appropriate literature for non-black parents to read with their kids. For parents wondering how to talk to their kids about black lives and police brutality, these books are designed to help guide these big conversations with the small people in our lives. Below are lists of books for now and for later, as well as the link to the original New York Times article.

Link to article: Talking to Your Kids About Racism, Early and Often.

Children can internalize racial bias between the ages of 2 and 4. According to Jacqueline Dougé, M.D., a pediatrician and child health advocate based in Maryland, you can start having conversations about race in preschool. Here are some age appropriate book suggestions:

Ages 0-3:

Ages 3-5:

  • “Saturday,” written and illustrated by Oge Mora.
  • Hair Love,” by Matthew A. Cherry. Illustrated by Vashti Harrison.

Ages 5-8:

Ages 9-12:

Ages 12+:

 

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