Our conversations are centering more and more on the topic of racial justice, and families and educators are trying to help their children understand current events. In many cases, this task requires soul-searching about how little we had been talking to children about race and racial justice previously. To help in this process, we have compiled a list of resources for teaching children about racial justice. The resources below, from lesson plans to children’s books, will give you the tools to talk about race and racism with children, whether at home or in the classroom.
Though I imposed headings below for ease of browsing, please keep in mind that the resources below do not always fall neatly into categories. Some of advice on how to talk to children about race could just as easily suit the classroom as well as the home, while many lesson plans contain useful activities and conversation starters for families. And of course the children’s books would be welcome additions to any home or school.
Teaching Children about Racial Justice
Why I Don’t Believe in Being Racially Colorblind: Growing Up Gupta
Lesson Plans and Classroom Tools
Teaching Materials: Black Lives Matter at School
Social Justice Resources: The Children’s Community School
Talking About Race: National Museum of African-American History (also includes information for families)
Lesson Plans on Race and Prejudice: Tolerance.org
Racial Justice Resources: Center for Racial Justice in Education
Racial Justice and Equity Glossary Packet: MommyMaestra
Unit on Skin Color and Colorism: Pragmatic Mom
Respect Each Other Packet: MommyMaestra
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Teaching a Biracial Child to Love Their Skin: Growing Up Gupta
Why I Want My Biracial Children to Be Aware of My Blackness: Are Those Your Kids?
15 Ways to Raise Non-Racist Children: MommyMaestra
How to Instill Confidence in Your Child When They Don’t Look Like You: Are Those Your Kids?
25 Resources for Teaching Kids About Diversity: Multicultural Kid Blogs
How to Talk to Preschoolers About Race: Families Embracing Diversity
How to Talk to Kids About Race and Racism in Early Childhood: Bilingual Kidspot
How to Talk to Kids About Race Ages 3 to 8: InCulture Parent
Start a Conversation with Kids About Race: Kid World Citizen
Preventing Racial Bias in Your Children: Bicultural Mama
Teaching Kids to Embrace Diversity: Bicultural Mama
Why I Teach My Two Year Old About Race: Simply Complicated for The Washington Post
When Do Kids Notice Racial Differences? Bicultural Mama
Talking About Race: National Museum of African-American History (also includes information for educators)
Podcasts on Race for Kids: Code Switch from National Public Radio
Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race – Resource Roundup: Pretty Good Design
Anti-Racism for Kids 101 – Starting to Talk About Race: Books for Littles (includes children’s book recommendations)
A Detailed List of Diverse and Anti-Racist Books: The Mom Trotter
Best Books About Race for Preschoolers: Families Embracing Diversity
Picture Books on Human Rights and Social Justice: Baby Devotions
Children’s Books About White Privilege: Pragmatic Mom
12 Children’s Books About Racism and Injustice: InCulture Parent
20+ Black Muslim Children’s Books: A Crafty Arab
Children’s Books with Black Main Characters: Crafty Moms Share
How to Use Stories to Teach Children Black History: Mama Smiles
10 Children’s Books About Juneteenth: Colours of Us
Children’s Books About Black Girl Magic: Multicultural Kid Blogs