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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 or buy online at www.charisbooksandmore.com.   

 

Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness (Ordinary Terrible Things) Cover Image
$17.06
ISBN: 9781948340007
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Published: Dottir Press - September 4th, 2018

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.


Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
$17.09
ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

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.


This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work Cover Image
By Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrator)
$13.49
ISBN: 9780711245211
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - January 7th, 2020

Who are you? What is racism? Where does it come from? Why does it exist? What can you do to disrupt it?


A is for Activist Cover Image
$10.76
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
 


The Power Book: What is it, Who Has it and Why? Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781782409274
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Published: Ivy Kids - October 1st, 2019

With this inspiring and brightly illustrated guide to power, learn about the different types of power, what it means to have power, and what you can do with your own power to create positive change in the world, no matter who or how old you are.

What makes you the boss of me? What makes a king a king, or a queen a queen?


Dig Cover Image
$16.19
ISBN: 9781101994917
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 26th, 2019

Winner of the Michael L. Printz Medal


Let's Talk About Race Cover Image
By Julius Lester, Karen Barbour (Illustrator)
$7.19
ISBN: 9780064462266
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Published: 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)


The Colors of Us Cover Image
By Karen Katz, Karen Katz (Illustrator)
$7.19
ISBN: 9780805071634
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Published: 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.


Brick by Brick Cover Image
$11.69
ISBN: 9789888341184
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Published: minedition - 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.


The essential resource for 20 years


The Skin You Live In Cover Image
By Michael Tyler, David Lee Csicsko (Illustrator)
$14.36
ISBN: 9780975958001
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Published: 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.


Shades of People Cover Image
$7.19
ISBN: 9780823423057
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Published: Holiday House - June 1st, 2010

Cocoa, tan, rose, and almond—people come in lots of shades, even in the same family.


Amazing Grace Cover Image
By Mary Hoffman, Caroline Binch (Illustrator)
$16.19
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.


An ABC of Equality Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9781786037428
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - September 3rd, 2019

A is for Ability, B is for Belief, C is for Class. All people have the right to be treated fairly, no matter who they are, what they look like, or where they come from.


Who We Are!: All About Being the Same and Being Different (Let's Talk about You and Me) Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9780763669034
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Published: 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.


The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage: The Fight for Interracial Marriage Cover Image
By Selina Alko, Sean Qualls (Illustrator), Selina Alko (Illustrator)
$17.09
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.
 


Remember: The Journey to School Integration Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780618397402
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Published: 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.


Helping Teens Stop Violence, Build Community, and Stand for Justice Cover Image
$20.66
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.


No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row Cover Image
$11.69
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)
$38.50
ISBN: 9781878554178
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Published: 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.


Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices Cover Image
By Mitali Perkins (Editor), Various
$8.09
ISBN: 9780763690953
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Published: 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.


Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story about Racial Injustice Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781433828546
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Published: 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?"


The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story Cover Image
By Aya Khalil, Anait Semirdzhyan (Illustrator)
$16.16
ISBN: 9780884487548
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Published: 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.


The Hate U Give Cover Image
$17.09
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: 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


Hands Up! Cover Image
$16.19
ISBN: 9780525552314
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Published: 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.


The Wedding Portrait Cover Image
$16.16
ISBN: 9781609808020
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Published: 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.


Where Are You From? Cover Image
By Yamile Saied Méndez, Jaime Kim (Illustrator)
$16.19
ISBN: 9780062839930
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Published: HarperCollins - June 4th, 2019

2019 Nerdies Fiction Picture Book Award Winner | Silver Medalist for Bank Street College of Education’s Best Spanish Language Picture Books of the Year | Named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2019 |A Mighty Girl’s 2019 Book of the Year | Named one of New York Public Library's Best Books for Kids 2019 


Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship Cover Image
$16.19
ISBN: 9781512404425
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Published: 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.


When a Bully is President: Truth and Creativity for Oppressive Times Cover Image
$16.45
ISBN: 9781945289088
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Published: 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.


The Skin I'm in: A First Look at Racism (First Look At...Series) Cover Image
By Pat Thomas, Lesley Harker (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780764124594
Availability: Backordered
Published: 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.