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Talking About Race: Children and Tween Reads

Updated: June 2, 2020

Can I touch your hair? : poems of race, mistakes, and friendship
Latham, Irene
Call Number: x 811 L352-3

Chocolate me!
Diggs, Taye.
Call Number: xz

The colors of us
Katz, Karen
Call Number: xz

Grades pre-K - 2

Seven-year-old Lena and her mother observe the variations in the color of their friends' skin, viewed in terms of foods and things found in nature.

The Day You Begin
Woodson, Jacqueline
Call Number: xz

Woodson’s lyrical text and Lopez’s vibrant illustrations work in tandem to create a sense of empathy and understanding between characters who feel outcast because of their different backgrounds and experiences. The day we are brave enough to acknowledge and embrace what makes us different, we can begin to connect to the shared humanity of others.—K - Grade 3

Don't touch my hair!
Miller, Sharee (Illustrator)
Call Number: xz

Hands Up!
McDaniel, Breanna J.
Call Number: xz

Happy in our skin
Manushkin, Fran
Call Number: xz

Honeysmoke : a story of finding your color
Fields, Monique
Call Number: xz

I am enough
Byers, Grace
Call Number: AE xz

Let's talk about race
Lester, Julius
Call Number: x 323.1 L642

Magnificent homespun brown : a celebration
Doyon, Samara Cole
Call Number: xz

Mixed me!
Diggs, Taye
Call Number: xz

New Kid
Craft, Jerry
Call Number: 740.9999 C885

Middle schooler Jordan Banks had hoped to attend art school, but mom sends him to a private prep school where he is one of a handful of black kids. No one at Riverdale Academy Day School is openly hostile towards him for his race, but he deals with a series of microaggressions, like being called the name of another black student, or everyone looking at him when the teacher is discussing students on financial aid. Craft mixes humor with heart in this hilarious yet thoughtful graphic novel. 

Not my idea : a book about whiteness
Higginbotham, Anastasia
Call Number: x 323.1 H635

One Crazy Summer
Williams-Garcia, Rita
Call Number: x

Grades 4-8. During the summer of 1968, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters travel to Oakland, California to visit their mother, who abandoned them as babies. While there, they reluctantly spend time at a summer camp run by the Black Panthers.

Racism and intolerance
Spilsbury, Louise
Call Number: x 323.1 S756

Shades of people
Rotner, Shelley
Call Number: xz

Skin again
hooks, bell
Call Number: xz Ed.a

Nyong'o, Lupita
Call Number: xz

This book is anti-racist
Jewell, Tiffany
Call Number: 323.1 J59

The Undefeated
Alexander, Kwame
Call Number: x 811 A376-1

What's the difference? : being different is amazing
Richards, Doyin
Call Number: xz

Why am I me?
Britt, Paige
Call Number: xz