Talking about Race with Children

Parents are seeking ways to talk about race with their children, and a book can help open the discussion. You’ll find many great e-book options on OverDrive and Hoopla. Here’s a selection of books, some of which address the issue of race directly and others, like biographies of a trombonist and the inventor of the Super Soaker, which are simply great stories about exceptional people. For the youngest pre-readers, check out the incredibly catchy Sesame Street song The Color of Me.

Picture Books for Pre-K and Up

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

Picture Books for Grades K–4

The Day you Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

Separate Is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

Picture Book Biographies

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford

Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews

Voice of Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford

Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton

Fiction, Grades 3–5

Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson

The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

The New Kid by Jerry Craft

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