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20 Children’s Books On Race & Racism

The conversation about race is one that parents need to have with their children, and the sooner the start the better.  As early as 6 months a baby’s brain can notice race-based differences, between the ages of 2 and 4 children can internalize racial bias and by age 12 many children become set in their beliefs – according to an article from the American Academy of Pediatrics.  So it is important that parents and caregivers talk to their children about race, what is happening right now, and make plans to continue this conversation in the long run – not only when we’re in a moment of national outrage.

A great way to start is to ensure your children have books with Black people at the center of the books they read.  It is equally important that these books are telling a wide range of stories about the Black experience, and not just as showcasing them as victims of oppression.  So we have compiled a list of 20 books for children to help you kick start the conversation of race and racism in your home in a child-appropriate way.

Ages 0 - 3 years

Ages 3 - 8 years

Ages 8 - 12 years

Ages 12+

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