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5 Books On Anti-Racism And Racism For Children

Studies show that whether parents involve themselves or not, children are learning about racism in the world around them. Providing them context for the past and present through literature will give them the tools to be a change maker for the future.

Kendra McNeil, owner of We Are LIT, a local independent, multicultural bookshop, recommends the following children book titles in audiobook form. 
Purchasing audiobooks through the links below will directly support We Are LIT. To shop other titles from We Are LIT, please click here. 

 Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi, narrated by Jason Reynolds 

Ages 12 and up: Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas — and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins & Ann Hazzard, narrated by Leslie Green  

Ages 4-8: Includes an extensive Note to Parents and Caregivers with guidelines for discussing race and racism with children, child-friendly definitions, and sample dialogues.

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, by Wade Hudson & Cheryl Willis Hudson, narrated by Bahni Turpin, Guy Lockard, Various, January LaVoy, Dominic Hoffman, Adenrele Ojo, Kyla Garcia, N'Jameh Camara, Soneela Nankani, Darrell Dennis, Jennifer Lim, Sullivan Jones & Paul Robeson 

Ages 8-12: In an increasingly polarized world, parents are looking for tools to discuss the difficult political and global challenges that their children will one day inherit. In response to this need, the industry’s foremost children’s authors share their perspective, encouragement, hope, and inspiration to help parents, educators, and young readers ignite lasting change in their communities.

Say Something! by Peter H. Reynolds, narrated by Peter H. Reynolds

Ages 3-5: Perfect for kid activists everywhere, this timely story reminds readers of the undeniable importance and power of their voice. 


The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Woodson, narrated by Jacqueline Woodson 

Ages 5-8: Jacqueline Woodson's lyrical prose and warm narration reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes — and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway