It’s never too early to talk to your kids about race and racism. One way to spark conversations is through reading children’s books together. Reading with my kids is one of the only times I can get their undivided attention and focus. It gives them an opportunity to ask questions and open their minds and hearts to other’s experiences. Reading books that celebrate differences and promote anti-racism is one-way parents can make positive changes at home.
Thank you to my colleagues listed below who graciously provided their favorite books when I reached out on Instagram. Together we rise above.
20+ Children’s Books about Race
Inspire empathy and promote kindness in children with a variety of children’s books written by authors from around the world and from different backgrounds. Discover 20 books for kids ages 3 – 12 years old that promote anti-racism.
But, first… Why is it important to teach empathy to our kids?
Teaching empathy in early childhood is important for many reasons. When you teach your kids about empathy, you are putting them in other people’s shoes. Teaching our kids to be kind to others is more important now than ever. It encourages tolerance and acceptance of others. Empathetic thinking also continues through adult life which will hopefully lead to a happier life and better ability to understand others.
One of the easiest ways to teach kids about empathy, kindness, and tolerance of others is through reading books together. These children’s books encourage kids to take action knowing how and when to stand up for others.
Thank you to my fellow colleagues for helping me with this list who are willing to help us all learn, grow, and create a better community for all.