5 Books to Help You Talk to Kids about Racism


Talking to your kids about racism can be tough, but necessary.  Mommy Poppins gives us a great list–separated by age–that will help you start the conversation and get your kids thinking.

The entire list is great, but here are 5 to get you started.


A Is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
Because it’s never too early to teach kids about inclusion and diversity, this board book is the perfect baby shower gift.

Early Readers

Don’t Touch My Hair by Sharee Miller
This book celebrates a young black girl’s hair and teaches the reader to respect her personal space and style.

Giant Steps to Change the World by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee
Activism isn’t just for grown-ups. This picture book encourages kids to take their own steps toward change.

Middle Schoolers

Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O’Roark Dowell
When Janie’s parents move to a goat farm in the country, she befriends some former civil rights workers who help her look at race differently.


Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds
This remix of the award-winning book Stamped From the Beginning explains how racism is embedded in the very fabric of our society. It is delivered in a conversational and engaging manner. A book that should be in every home.



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