Parenting Resources to Talk to your Kids about Race & Racism

Over the past weeks, we, and our children, have witnessed the devastating impact of racism. As kids watch the news, see the protests, and feel the stress and uncertainty in parents, they might not fully understand the issues. But these events have elicited questions from children of all ages, and many parents are left wondering how to respond.

For some families, talking about race is a regular part of daily life. For others, it’s a subject that can be difficult to discuss. But for everyone, it’s an incredibly important conversation and it shouldn’t be avoided.

The following resources can help parents start to talk to kids about tolerance, race, racism and equality. It's never too early (or too late).

Get the conversation started...

CNN and 'Sesame Street' Town Hall Addressing Racism
If you're looking for a way to include your children in the conversation about race and injustice in terms they'll understand, CNN has teamed up with Sesame Street in a town hall to address racism. The Muppets are a great way to explain current events to younger kids via a medium they'll be able to engage with. More

Children's Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, Equality and Resistance
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. More

Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice
Whether you are the parent of a 3-year-old who is curious about why a friend’s skin is brown, the parent of a 9-year-old who has been called a slur because of his religion, or the parent of a 15-year-old who snubs those outside of her social clique at school, this PDF book published by is designed to help parents teach kids to honour the differences in themselves and in others — and to reject prejudice and intolerance. More

Watch a Read-Along of The World Needs More Purple People
Join Kristen Bell in a special reading of her children’s book, “The World Needs More Purple People! Kristen Bell is the published author of this new children’s book, that celebrates diversity. Born out of seeing how cultural conversations were skewing more toward the things that divide us, this new picture book (co-authored with Benjamin Hart) encourages kids to see what unites us all as humans. Premieres June 8, 2020. More

Watch Matthew Cherry's Inspiring Short Film 'Hair Love'
Hair Love, an Oscar®-winning animated short film, tells the heartfelt story of an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time. While it may seem like a simple premise, the storyline speaks volumes to the Black community. There's the inspiring element of a young African American girl embracing her hair, but it also offers the rare opportunity of showing a Black family depicted in animation. Says Matthew Cherry: "Hair Love was done because we wanted to see more representation in animation. We wanted to normalize black hair." More

Anti-Racism Resources for Parents and Kids
This page at Healthline Parenthood shares many resources for parents to start the conversation about anti-racism at home. You'll find a list of books, podcasts, movies, and more, to help you and your children, no matter their age, keep this dialogue going. More

Other Reads and Resources
▪ How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism - Parent ToolKit
​▪ Anti-Racism for Kids: An Age-by-Age Guide to Fighting Hate -
​▪ Talking About Racism and Bias: Resources for Parents and Caregivers - Children's Alliance
​▪ Resources About Race and Racism for Parents - Common Sense Media

These resources may not fit every person or situation, so please exercise your own judgment and use what works best for your family.

Having conversations is a great start, but let's vow to participate in change that will make the world a better and safer place for all.

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