In the wake of George Floyd's killing, the library is seeing a remarkable uptick in requests for books about race and racism in its many forms. This quest to make sense of the incomprehensible and how it relates to our own existence is necessary; books are a perfect medium for such work. “Books are anchors during life’s biggest storms; they are escape hatches when the world is too much to take; they are springboards to new ideas and understandings. Books are warm blankets and can save readers from the feelings of loneliness and heartache.” –Katy Tessman
Still, how do we talk to children about a world seemingly gone crazy?! Through books! Books are wisdom-filled gems, embracing the complexities and ambiguities of our world in ways which a child can then engage with, relate to, and discuss. Read more to access links to organizations and books dedicated to exploring race and diversity as mainstream rather than framing it as something “other” or “extra” that we do.
- Direct link to We Need Diverse Books
- Diverse Books' Resources for Race, Equity and Inclusion
- School Library Journal's Summer Reading for Budding Activists
- Diverse Books' Summer Reading Series
- Don’t just read about racism, read about black people living.
- Hard wired racial preference in infants
- Books that inspire resilience in kids of color
- Embrace Race: Let’s Raise a Generation of Children Who Are Thoughtful, Informed, and Brave About Race
- Books for kids and teens about race, racism and police violence
- Diverse Books' Resources for Race, Equity, Anti-Racism, and Inclusion
- Embrace Race's 10 Tips for Reading Picture Books with Children through a Race-Conscious Lens
- Embrace Race's Never too early to learn: a race-conscious approach to early childhood education
- Embrace Race's 5 Ways to Raise Inclusive Kids Despite Living in Segregated Neighborhoods
- Embrace Race's 10 tips for teaching and talking to kids about race