12 Kids Books That Feature People of Color
Our world isn't all white. Why should our kids' books be?
There’s never been a more critical time to teach children to appreciate, understand, and celebrate diversity. And yet, the vast majority of kids’ books feature Caucasian characters who don’t begin to reflect the world we live in. Buying a children’s book whose protagonists are people of color won’t fix systemic racism, police brutality, or racial injustice, but having open, candid discussions with children about skin color, framed around shared stories, can help you raise kids who are more socially conscious and race-aware. Here are a few standout books to help you do it.
On Sundays CJ’s grandma takes him on the bus to visit a soup kitchen on Market Street. It’s not his favorite thing to do, but he starts to appreciate people from all walks of life — from his Nana’s blind friend to a guitar busker to the bus driver. Preschoolers will appreciate this one.
A fantastic way to teach kindergarten-aged children about notable women of color, this book celebrates the achievements of Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash.
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