As we all grapple with our individual and collective responses to racial injustice, many parents are recognizing the need to audit their children’s bookshelves. This checkup comes with the hopes of creating more honest representations of the world and serves as a safe and effective place to start race-based conversations.
Talking about, and understanding, systemic racism is challenging (to say the least). Below we’ve shared some of our own books that help white children view and understand a world outside their own. At the bottom of this post, we’ve included a few helpful platforms that can help ensure your home is representative of a multitude of perspectives and narratives.
The Noisy Classroom
Written by Angela Shanté
Illustrated by Alison Hawkins
Yao Bai and the Egg Pirates
Written by Tim Myers
Illustrated by Bonnie Pang
For a an extensive list of diverse children’s and YA literature, check out this link from the Children’s Book Council. Other great organizations and blogs on diversity in children’s books include We Need Diverse Books, The Brown Bookshelf and Books of Melanin.
What did we miss? Please tag us on social media @westmarginpress with books that you and your loved ones have been loving during these rapidly changing times. We’d love to hear from you!
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Sending peaceful wishes.