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Books for Parents to Read Aloud

Early Childhood
  • Hair Love by Matthew Cherry - Celebrating the bond between a father and daughter, a dad seeks to find the perfect style for his daughter's hair for a special day.
  • The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Cole - This story depicts the first African American child to integrate a New Orleans school with this story of living legend and civil rights activist Ruby Bridges.
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena - Last Stop on Market Street is a story about family, inequity, and appreciating differences.
  • Same, Same but Different by Jenny Kostecki-Shaw - This narrative follows the pen pal relationship between one child in India and one in America as they discover their similarities and differences.
  • Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson - This picture book biography tells the true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, who bicycled across Ghana--nearly 400 miles--with only one leg. 
  • I Promise by Lebron James - This new book encourages children to be the best version of themselves through action. 
 
Lower Elementary
  • A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory - This book provides a description of what racism is, how it makes people feel when they experience it, and how to spot it when it happens. 
  • Fly High! The Story of Bessie Coleman - Illuminates the life of the determined African American woman who grew up in Texas picking cotton but moved to Chicago, learned French, traveled to France, and walked miles to class in order to earn her international pilot's license in 1921. She returned to the US and became a stunt pilot with dreams of opening a flight school.
  • Fearless Mary by Tami Charles - Learn about Mary Fields, an intrepid sixty-year-old African American trailblazer who defied odds making deliveries as a stagecoach driver in the American West.
  • Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh - Being denied the opportunity to enroll their daughter in a local school during WWII led the parents of Sylvia Mendez to a court battle, which ended in the desegregation of schools in CA and eventually led to desegregation throughout the US.
  • The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague by Julia Finley Mosca - Raye Montague became “enchanted” when she first saw a German submarine during WWII at age 10. She was told engineers built ships, but she didn’t “have to worry about that.” Her fascinating story is one of overcoming racial and gender bias. Curious, eager, and determined, Raye Montague inspires others to pursue their dreams. She overcame stereotypes placed upon her to achieve tremendous success as an engineer and a mastermind working for the U.S. Navy though she was rarely recognized for her accomplishments.
  • Shaking Things Up: Fourteen Young Women Who Changed the World by Susan Hood - Fourteen revolutionary women demonstrated courage and perseverance in a variety of fields throughout history. 
  • The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson - Black and White girls overcome physical and imposed barriers to establish uncommon friendships in the segregated South.
 
Upper Elementary
  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate - Samar, a 10-year-old Muslim girl, discovers what can be done in the face of racism and hatred. 
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft - In this novel, Jordan Banks experiences culture shock when he enrolls at a new school.
  • The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne by Lesa Cline Ransome - Ethel Payne followed the stories from her school newspaper in Chicago to Japan during World War II, and  this eventually led her to the White House briefing room, where she broke barriers as the only black female journalist.
  • Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford - Voice of Freedom celebrates the life and legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer, a champion of equal voting rights, with a message of hope, determination, and strength. 
  • Streetcar to Justice: How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York by Amy Hill Hearth - One hundred years before the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Elizabeth Jennings's refusal to leave a segregated streetcar in the Five Points neighborhood of Manhattan set into motion a major court case in New York.
  • Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose - Inspiring Rosa Parks’ acclaimed civil disobedience, this fifteen-year-old Alabama student was arrested by police for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus eight months before Rosa Parks. Colvin became a plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case, which declared segregation on public buses is unconstitutional.
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis - Traveling from Flint, Michigan, to Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 in an effort to keep the oldest son (Byron) out of trouble reveals harsh realities of life in Birmingham. 

Articles for Parents

Media Resources

Early Childhood
  • Sesame Street Town Hall - This hour long segment features the subtile” Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism” giving parents and kids the opportunity to have the experience to explore our current status in the nation.
  • Daniel Tiger Life’s Little Lessons PBS Kids - Daniel Tiger's Life's Little Lessons uses the model of watch (watching video), play (playing games), explore (engaging in group activities), and share (communicating with families), giving parents and educators the opportunity to work together to put children on the road to success on challenging topics. 
  • Bookmarks (on Netflix) - Black celebrities and artists read children's books by Black authors to spark meaningful conversations about empathy, equality, justice, self-love, and anti-racism. 

Lower Elementary
 

Upper Elementary
 
  • World of Wonder Podcast - World of Wonder is a podcast for kids about the diversity of cultures around the world. In each episode your hosts Helen, Ethan, and their dad, Joe, will introduce you to their friends from around the globe who will share stories about their own cultures and what we can all learn from them.
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