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 or buy online at www.charisbooksandmore.com.
Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness is a a picture book that invites white children and parents to become curious about racism, accept that it's real, and cultivate justice.
The #1 New York Times bestseller and a USAToday bestseller!A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism--and antiracism--in America
This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Recommended by Oprah's Book Club, ESSENCE, We Need Diverse Books, ellentube, Brit + Co, PureWow, Teen Vogue, Time, New York, USA TODAY, and TODAY.com
Also available: This Book Is Anti-Racist Journal, a guided journal with more than 50 activities to support your anti-racism journey$15.29ISBN: 9780593121610Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Crown Books for Young Readers - August 11th, 2020
Thirty diverse, award-winning authors and illustrators invite you into their homes to witness the conversations they have with their children about race in America today in this powerful call-to-action that invites all families to be anti-racists and advocates for change.$9.89ISBN: 9780525580454Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Yearling - December 31st, 2019
Fifty of the foremost diverse children's authors and illustrators--including Jason Reynolds, Jacqueline Woodson, and Kwame Alexander--share answers to the question, "In this divisive world, what shall we tell our children?" in this beautiful, full-color keepsake collection, published in partnership with Just Us Books.$10.76ISBN: 9781609805395Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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
$17.99ISBN: 9781782409274Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Ivy Kids - October 1st, 2019$16.19ISBN: 9781101994917Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 26th, 2019
Winner of the Michael L. Printz Medal$7.19ISBN: 9780064462266Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: HarperCollins - December 23rd, 2008
"This wonderful book should be a first choice for all collections and is strongly recommended as a springboard for discussions about differences.” —School Library Journal (starred review)$12.59ISBN: 9781484799239Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 6th, 2017From legendary author and critic bell hooks and multi-Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka comes a new way to talk about race and identity that will appeal to parents of the youngest readers.The skin I'm in is just a covering. It cannot tell my story. If you want to know who I am, you have got to come inside and open your heart way wide.
$7.19ISBN: 9780805071634Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Square Fish - October 1st, 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.$11.69ISBN: 9789888341184Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: mineditionUS - June 1st, 2016
A little mouse innocently plucks a flower from an old wall when a brick comes loose, and he can see through it for the first time. He and the other animals gradually and resolutely remove more and more bricks, until at last they can see another group of animals.$17.95ISBN: 9781605540795Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Redleaf Press - February 11th, 2014
The essential resource for 20 years$14.36ISBN: 9780975958001Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Chicago Children's Museum - April 1st, 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.$7.19ISBN: 9780823423057Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Holiday House - June 1st, 2010
Cocoa, tan, rose, and almond—people come in lots of shades, even in the same family.$16.19ISBN: 9780803710405Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$14.39ISBN: 9781786037428Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - September 3rd, 2019A is for Ability, B is for Belief, C is for Class.$15.29ISBN: 9780763669034Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Candlewick - 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.$17.09ISBN: 9780545478533Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.
$19.99ISBN: 9780618397402Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: HMH Books for Young Readers - 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 text—a fictional account of the dialogue and emotions of the children who lived during the era of “separate but equal” schooling.$20.66ISBN: 9780897935685Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$17.09ISBN: 9781368045247Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 14th, 2020Inspired by the #SayHerName campaign launched by the African American Policy Forum, these poems pay tribute to victims of police brutality as well as the activists insisting that Black Lives Matter. Elliott engages poets from the past two centuries to create a chorus of voices celebrating the creativity, resilience, and courage of Black women and girls.$11.69ISBN: 9781250044457Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$38.50ISBN: 9781878554178Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Teaching for Change - February 1st, 2007
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.$8.09ISBN: 9780763690953Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Candlewick - August 23rd, 2016
Using humor as the common denominator, a multicultural cast of YA authors steps up to the mic to share stories touching on race.$15.29ISBN: 9781433828546Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Magination Press - March 1st, 2018
A Little Free Library Action Book Club Selection
National Parenting Product Award Winner (NAPPA)
Emma and Josh heard that something happened in their town. A Black man was shot by the police.
"Why did the police shoot that man?"
"Can police go to jail?"$16.16ISBN: 9780884487548Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Tilbury House Publishers - February 18th, 2020
Kanzi’s family has moved from Egypt to America, and on her first day in a new school, what she wants more than anything is to fit in. Maybe that’s why she forgets to take the kofta sandwich her mother has made for her lunch, but that backfires when Mama shows up at school with the sandwich. Mama wears a hijab and calls her daughter Habibti (dear one). When she leaves, the teasing starts.$17.09ISBN: 9780062498533Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017
8 starred reviews ∙ Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best ∙ William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Honor Book ∙ #1 New York Times Bestseller!
"Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds$8.99ISBN: 9781101939529Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Ember - September 4th, 2018
"Powerful, wrenching.” –JOHN GREEN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down
"Raw and gripping." –JASON REYNOLDS, New York Times bestselling coauthor of All American Boys$16.19ISBN: 9781492678892Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Sourcebooks - August 1st, 2019
The New York Times Bestseller
"An absolute page turner, I'm Not Dying with You Tonight is a compelling and powerful novel that is sure to make an impact. " --Angie Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give$16.19ISBN: 9780525552314Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Dial Books - January 22nd, 2019
This triumphant picture book recasts a charged phrase as part of a black girl's everyday life--hands up for a hug, hands up in class, hands up for a high five--before culminating in a moment of resistance at a protest march.$16.16ISBN: 9781609808020Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Triangle Square - October 17th, 2017
The Wedding Portrait is an essential book for kids about standing up for what's right. Here are stories of direct action from around the world that are bookended by the author's wedding story. He and his bride led their wedding party to a protest, and were captured in a photo by the local newspaper kissing in front of a line of police just before being arrested.$16.19ISBN: 9780062839930Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: HarperCollins - June 4th, 2019
This resonant and award-winning picture book tells the story of one girl who constantly gets asked a simple question that doesn’t have a simple answer. A great conversation starter in the home or classroom—a book to share, in the spirit of I Am Enough by Grace Byers and Keturah A. Bobo.$16.19ISBN: 9781512404425Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Carolrhoda Books (R) - January 1st, 2018
Two poets, one white and one black, explore race and childhood in this must-have collection tailored to provoke thought and conversation.$16.45ISBN: 9781945289088Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Reflection Press - September 4th, 2017
Self-Care for Kids This is not your usual kid's book This book is a call to BE, to step forward and LOVE yourself, LOVE your community, know your history and your powerful place in it and strengthen your own creative power This book is a tool to use. I created it because I know you are an important part of our world and your strength matters.$8.09ISBN: 9780764124594Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: B.E.S. - March 1st, 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.