In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and in recognition of the Black Lives Matter movement, we’re featuring books about social justice. Whether through daily life or seeing events on the news, your child may have experiences or questions about race, ethnicity, social justice, or inclusion issues they want to talk about. Age-appropriate books for kids about race, ethnicity, and identity can help you explore the topic with your child.
Here are just a few titles in our Race & Ethnicity, Social Justice, and Identity collection. Check out the entire collection here.
Lulu the One and Only by Lynnette Mawhinney, PhD
Lulu loves her family, but people are always asking, “What are you?” Lulu hates that question. Her brother inspires her to come up with a “power phrase” so she can easily express who she is, not what she is. Includes a Note to Readers from the author, sharing her experience as a multiracial person.
Hear Lulu the One and Only read aloud and read an excerpt from the Author’s Note.
Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice
By Marianne Celano, PhD, ABPP, Marietta Collins, PhD, and Ann Hazzard, PhD, ABPP
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?”
Something Happened in Our Town follows two families — one White, one Black — as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their community. The story aims to answer children’s questions about such traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives.
Includes an extensive Note to Parents and Caregivers with guidelines for discussing race and racism with children, child-friendly definitions, and sample dialogues.
The world is full of different colors…hundreds of colors, everywhere. People are different colors too. Our colors make us beautiful and unique. Mommy says it is part of our culture and the big word diversity — diversidad. Marvelous Maravilloso follows a young girl as she finds joy in the colors of the world all around her, including the colors of her own family. Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers.
When both grandpas, Abuelo and Opa, visit at the same time, they can’t understand each other’s language and there is a lot of silence. The grandson’s clever thinking helps find a way for everyone to share the day together as two cultures become one family. This unique book includes a bonus fold-out and a note from the author sharing the true story of his own family.
Kids are observant and sensitive. Sharing books with them about these important issues creates an opportunity for you to ask what they are thinking and listen carefully to their answers. Issues of race, ethnicity, social justice, and identity are complex and challenging, even for adults. Reading and talking with your child are a great place to start.