Children's Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, Equality and Resistance
The Skin You Live In
It’s never too early to learn that racism is wrong and that we need to do something about it, but sometimes, parents aren't sure how to approach the topic with children. Books can offer a great way to introduce different ideas and experiences, and discuss them together as a family. These books will help start the talk with kids of all ages about tolerance, race, racism, and fighting for justice and equality.
It's Okay To Be Different
From bestselling author Todd Parr comes a reassuring book about being who you are. It's Okay to Be Different cleverly delivers the important messages of acceptance, understanding, and confidence in an accessible, child-friendly format. 3 years. Sold out online but available in stores. $11.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
I Love Me And The Skin I'm In
Follow Jessica on her journey to understanding what it means to love yourself despite how others may view you. See how Jessica handles the challenges of bullying, and learns to love the skin she is in. $11.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
All Are Welcome
Celebrate diversity and inclusion with this New York Times bestselling picture book about a school where all are welcome. All Are Welcome lets young children know that no matter what, they have a place, they have a space, they are welcome in their school. All ages. $21.00 at Chapters-Indigo.
No!: My First Book Of Protest
Little ones who love to say "No!" can chime in while they learn about iconic activists from Frederick Douglass and Alice Paul to Martin Luther King Jr. and Malala. Each spread introduces an iconic figure—such as Gloria Steinem or Cesar Chavez—along with a super simple summary of the actions they took to change the course of history. Activists of all ages will learn about the abolitionist movement, civil rights, women's rights, and more. All ages. $13.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist comes a fresh new board book that empowers parents and children to uproot racism in our society and in ourselves. All ages. $11.99 at Chapters-Indigo. (Coming soon online.)
The Same But Different Too
Explore the ways that we are all the same but different, too, in this joyful and simple celebration of individuality and camaraderie. Filled with children and their animal friends, this rhyming text illuminates the wonderfully different and similar things that make us who we are. $22.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
You Are Awesome
An empowering picture book that celebrates the idea that all children can be anything they choose! An inclusive and uplifting picture book that celebrates the potential in all of us. $19.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
The Skin You Live In
With the ease and simplicity of a nursery rhyme, this lively story delivers an important message of social acceptance to young readers. Themes associated with child development and social harmony, such as friendship, acceptance, self-esteem, and diversity are promoted in simple and straightforward prose. All ages. $21.95 at Chapters-Indigo.
I Like Myself!
An exuberant ode to self-esteem that celebrates the joy of liking who you are! High on energy and imagination, this book encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves — inside and out. Messy hair? Beaver breath? So what! Here's a little girl who knows what really matters. All ages. $11.99 at Chapters-Indigo. (Sold out online - available in-store.)
Black Is A Rainbow Color
A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on. All ages. $24.50 at Chapters-Indigo.
Hair Like Mine
Hair Like Mine s a fun and easy read following a little girl who doesn't like that her naturally curly hair looks different from the other kids around her. On her quest to find someone with hair like hers, she soon realizes we are all unique and special in our own way. All ages. $14.00 at Chapters-Indigo.
The World Needs More Purple People
Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart have created a hilarious and joyous read-aloud that offers a wonderful message about embracing the things that bring us together as humans. This book will inspire a whole generation to paint the world purple! Because Purple People bring their family, friends, and communities together, and they speak up for what’s right. $23.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
An Abc Of Equality
A is for Ability, B is for Belief, C is for Class. All people have the right to be treated fairly, no matter who they are, what they look like, or where they come from. An ABC of Equality introduces complicated concepts surrounding social justice to the youngest of children. All ages. $18.99 at Chapters-Indigo. (Sold out online - available in-store.)
Racism and Intolerance
With our 24/7 news cycle and constant access to the latest headlines, the world can be a scary place. Now imagine you're a child trying to make sense of it all! In Racism and Intolerance, children can get answers to questions like: "What does it mean to be a racist — or intolerant?" and "How can I help?" Children will begin to understand the way others struggle with these issues and become empowered to make a difference. Ages 6+. $12.95 at Chapters-Indigo. (Sold out online - available in-store.)
A is for Activist
A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for. All ages. $15.95 at Chapters-Indigo. (Sold out online - available in-store.)
Let's Talk About Race
In this acclaimed book, the author of the Newbery Honor Book To Be a Slave shares his own story as he explores what makes each of us special. A strong choice for sharing at home or in the classroom. All ages. $9.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
Young Gifted And Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes From Past And Present
Meet 52 icons of colour from the past and present in this celebration of inspirational achievement — a collection of stories about changemakers to encourage, inspire, and empower the next generation of changemakers. Ages 7+. $29.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
New Kid is a timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real, from award-winning author-illustrator Jerry Craft. This middle grade graphic novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom. $15.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
Eleven-year-old Isabella’s blended family is more divided than ever in this “timely but genuine” (Publishers Weekly) story about divorce and racial identity from the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Out of My Mind, Sharon M. Draper. 8 +. $11.99 at Chapters-Indigo.