Books to Teach White Children and Teens How to Undo Racism and White Supremacy


Time and again we read that white children are not taught about race and racial injustice with the same frequency or at the same early age as their peers of color. Parents of white children often struggle to work conversations about race "naturally" into the flow of the day, believing that race, like sexuality or body development is a topic that necessitates a "big talk" in a time carved out from the flow of normal life. One of the easiest ways to do this is to have books around that prompt conversation and answer questions. Reading "diverse" books and cross-culturally is a great place to start. We also believe that one of the best ways to raise healthy, race-concious white children is to talk to them early and often about racial injustice and racial difference in the course of your daily family life.  We recommend the following books for all families, but especially for parents of white children who may be struggling to talk about racial injustice with their kids and teens. We intentionally only featured a handful of "history" books and did not include the many wonderful biographies and histories of movement leaders because, though we carry those books in our store, too often discussions of racial justice and racism focus on the past, on the Civil Rights Movement in isolation or on individual heroes. Change begins now, with white people, in this present moment. We hope this gives you a few ideas for starting places. As always, we encourage you to browse our store in person at 1189 Euclid Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30307 or buy online at   

A is for Activist Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609805395
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Published: Triangle Square - November 19th, 2013

-Reading it is almost like reading Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, but for two-year olds--full of pictures and rhymes and a little cat to find on every page that will delight the curious toddler and parents alike.---Occupy Wall Street

A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who w

The Skin I'm in: A First Look at Racism a First Look at Racism Cover Image
ISBN: 9780764124594
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Published: Barron's Educational Series - March 2003

Racial discrimination is cruel--and especially so to younger children. This title encourages kids to accept and be comfortable with differences of skin color and other racial characteristics among their friends and in themselves. "A First Look At " is an easy-to-understand series of books for younger children.

Let's Talk about Race Cover Image
By Julius Lester, Karen Barbour (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780064462266
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Published: Amistad Press - December 23rd, 2008

"This gorgeous book--great to read with kids of any age--allows for open-ended conversation and questions." (

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ISBN: 9780805071634
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Published: Square Fish - October 2002

A positive and affirming look at skin color, from an artist's perspective.

Seven-year-old Lena is going to paint a picture of herself. She wants to use brown paint for her skin. But when she and her mother take a walk through the neighborhood, Lena learns that brown comes in many different shades.

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ISBN: 9789888341184
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Published: Minedition - June 2016

A little mouse innocently plucks a flowerfrom an old wall when a brick comes loose, and he can see through it for the first time.He and the other animals gradually andresolutely remove more and more bricks, until at last they can see another group ofanimals. Together they use the bricks thatonce divided them to construct a bridge tojoin their islands.

All The Colors We Are/Todos los Colores de Nuestra Piel: The Story Of How We Get Our Skin Color/La Historia de Por Que Tenemos Diferentes Colores de P Cover Image
ISBN: 9781605540795
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Published: Redleaf Press - February 11th, 2014

The essential resource for 20 years

The Skin You Live in Cover Image
By Michael Tyler, David Lee Csicsko (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780975958001
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Published: Chicago Children's Museum - April 2005

With the ease and simplicity of a nursery rhyme, this lively story delivers an important message of social acceptance to young readers. Themes associated with child development and social harmony, such as friendship, acceptance, self-esteem, and diversity are promoted in simple and straightforward prose.

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By Sheila M. Kelly, Shelley Rotner (Photographer)
ISBN: 9780823423057
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Published: Holiday House - June 2010

Cocoa, tan, rose, and almond-people come in lots of shades, even in the same family. This exploration of one of our most noticeable physical traits uses vibrant photographs of childen and a short text to inspire young children both to take notice and to look beyond the obvious.

Amazing Grace Cover Image
By Mary Hoffman, Caroline Binch (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780803710405
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Published: Dial Books - September 2nd, 1991

Grace loves stories, whether they're from books, movies, or the kind her grandmother tells. So when she gets a chance to play a part in Peter Pan, she knows exactly who she wants to be. Remarkable watercolor illustrations give full expression to Grace's high-flying imagination.

Who We Are!: All about Being the Same and Being Different Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763669034
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 22nd, 2016

New York Times best-selling author Robie H. Harris helps preschoolers understand what makes us who we are from our height to our hair, from the shade of our skin to our eyesight.

We Are All Born Free: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures Cover Image
ISBN: 9781847801517
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Published: Frances Lincoln Ltd - October 25th, 2011

Now in a mini edition The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed on 10th December 1948. It was compiled after World War Two to declare and protect the rights of all people from all countries.

The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage: The Fight for Interracial Marriage Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545478533
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - January 27th, 2015

For most children these days it would come as a great shock to know that before 1967, they could not marry a person of a race different from their own. That was the year that the Supreme Court issued its decision in Loving v. Virginia.

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ISBN: 9780618397402
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 3rd, 2004

Toni Morrison has collected a treasure chest of archival photographs that depict the historical events surrounding school desegregation. These unforgettable images serve as the inspiration for Ms. Morrison’s texta fictional account of the dialogue and emotions of the children who lived during the era of separate but equal” schooling.

Helping Teens Stop Violence, Build Community, and Stand for Justice Cover Image
ISBN: 9780897935685
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Published: Hunter House Publishers - June 21st, 2011

"Helping Teens Stop Violence, Build Community, and Stand for Justice" is a guide for adults who work with young people ages ten and up on issues related to youth leadership and social justice. It is also a training manual for adults who want to become effective allies to young people and develop the skills needed so that they can facilitate community building among youth.

Black Lives Matter Cover Image
ISBN: 9781624038983
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Published: Essential Library - November 2015

No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250044457
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Published: Square Fish - August 12th, 2014

No Choirboy takes readers inside America's prisons and allows inmates sentenced to death as teenagers to speak for themselves. In their own voices raw and uncensored they talk about their lives in prison and share their thoughts and feelings about how they ended up there.

Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K-12 Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education and Staff Development Cover Image
By Enid Lee (Editor), Deborah Menkart (Editor), Margo Okazawa-Rey (Editor)
ISBN: 9781878554178
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Published: Teaching for Change - September 12th, 2011

An incredible, informative, collection of essays, articles, analysis, interviews, primary documents and interactive & interdisciplinary teaching aids on civil rights, movement building, and what it means for all of the inhabitants of the planet.