Books To Talk With Children About Race And Black History

This is the number one question I’ve received several times over the last few months….’how do I talk to my children about race?’

It can be a touchy subject, but one that needs to be discussed.
If you are of the thinking that you’ll teach your kids how to be colorblind – you are doing them a disservice.
We all notice skin color, just like we notice if someone is in a wheelchair or walking.

Books are probably the main way I talk with my kids about race. Whenever we make a trip to the library I make a point to choose at least one book for each child with someone who looks like them in it or talks about Black History. These books are always geared toward their age and they enjoy them. We don’t have long discussions on the subject. I read, they ask questions, I answer them. It’s a great way to keep the dialogue open year round.

Here is a list of books I’ve read with my children.

White Socks Only.
I find it heartbreaking that this little girl thinks she can drink from this water fountain marked ‘whites only’ because she’s wearing white socks.

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These Hands.
Kiah *loves* this book. The illustrations are gorgeous! This is a story about a grandfather telling his grandson the story of all the things his hands could do along with what his hands weren’t allowed to do in the 40’s and 50’s.

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I Love My Hair
It’s not technically about Black History, but Ava loves this book, so I’m including it.
It’s important to me that my children see people who look like them.
She was fascinated by the way this girl wore her hair in the same ways I fix hers.

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Princess Grace was given to us as a birthday gift some years ago. I really like this book and so do my girls.
This one talks about princesses from all over the globe and talks about the different types of princesses our little girls can be.

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I Have A Dream.

Baby Dance.

Sugar Plum Ballerinas.

Please, Baby, Please.

Summer Jackson.

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How do you talk with your children about race and Black History Month?