Additional Resources


To learn more about how to talk to children about race, take a look at these resources and books:

“Check It Out” Box Websites:

Books – Early Childhood:

  1. Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
  2. The Soccer Fence: A Story of Friendship, Hope and Apartheid in South Africa by Phil Bildner
  3. Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs
  4. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
  5. Grandpa, Is Everything Black Bad? by Sandy Lynne Holman
  6. Skin Again by bell hooks
  7. The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
  8. All the Colors We Are: The Story of How We Got Our Skin Color by Katie Kissinger
  9. Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester
  10. Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia C. McKissack
  11. Busing Brewster by Richard Michelson
  12. The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
  13. Mr. Lincoln’s Way by Patricia Polacco
  14. The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
  15. White Socks Only by Evelyn Coleman
  16. The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
  17. I Love Saturdays y Domingos by Alma Flor Ada
  18. Dumpling Soup by Jama Kim Rattigan

Books – Late Childhood:

  1. The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
  2. The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks
  3. Thank You, Jackie Robinson by Barbara Cohen
  4. The Land by Mildred D. Taylor
  5. Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
  6. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  7. Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth by Anne Rockwell
  8. They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an America Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  9. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
  10. Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes

Books – Adults:

  1. How Silence Can Breed Prejudice in Washington Post
  2. Why are the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? By Beverly Tatum
  3. I’m Chocolate, You’re Vanilla: Raising Healthy Black and Biracial Children in a Race-Conscious World by Marguerite Wright
  4. Colormute: Race Talk Dilemmas in an American School by Mica Pollack