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Antiracism for Kids

Guest Article by: 
Lisa and Ishita
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Our conscientiousness has been once more awakened to the reality of racism and inequality in our country. This past week has been one of much personal and public reflection and the emotions stirred by that process of anger, sadness and helplessness. I think often about how children feel about what they are seeing and hearing right now and how difficult it is for parents, teachers and other adults to talk to our children about racism and the active opposition to it that is antiracism. One of the things that gives me hope are the words of Nelson Mandela, 

“ No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his religion. People must learn to hate, and they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” 
---Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

Think of the impact that a generation brought up with active antiracism, with the education and tools to change the way we see and treat each other could have in the world. There are so many beautiful and powerful voices in the authors of children’s and young adult books today that can be our resources to provide a path to opening hearts and minds to achieve a world of equality and love.

“If we understand how the tree works, how the trunk and roots are where the power lies, and how gravity is on our side, we can attack it, each of us with small axes, and change the face of the forest. So let’s learn all there is to know about the tree of racism. The root. The fruit. The sap and trunk. The nests built over time, the changing leaves. That way, your generation can finally, actively chop it down.” 
― Jason Reynolds, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning

I am awed by the truth and beauty of this statement by author Jason Reynolds. This book is one of many that can and should be resources for all of us to help understand not just a history that may be different from the one we think we understand, but to look to a better future.  

We have collected a list of books that begin with our youngest children, and progresses to young adults, all of which contain the voices of those that can speak from their knowledge and experiences to hopefully help all of us to better understand and to inspire us to be agents of change. Here are just a few from that list.

Antiracist Baby Board Book Cover Image
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9780593110416
Availability: Backordered
Published: Kokila - June 16th, 2020

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316475112
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 5th, 2017

Dream Big, Little One (Vashti Harrison) Cover Image
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9780316475099
Availability: Backordered
Published: LB Kids - October 16th, 2018

Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X Cover Image
By Ilyasah Shabazz, AG Ford (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781442412163
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 7th, 2014

The Undefeated Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328780966
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Versify - April 2nd, 2019

Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis Cover Image
By Jabari Asim, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399168567
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 3 - 7 business days
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 11th, 2016

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780786851751
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2006

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story about Racial Injustice Cover Image
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9781433828546
Availability: Backordered
Published: Magination Press - March 1st, 2018

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement Cover Image
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9780763665319
Availability: Backordered
Published: Candlewick - August 4th, 2015

The Day You Begin Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399246531
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 3 - 7 business days
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2018

Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780547906041
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2013

Ruth and the Green Book Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780761352556
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 3 - 7 business days
Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - August 1st, 2010

Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness (Ordinary Terrible Things) Cover Image
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9781948340007
Availability: Backordered
Published: Dottir Press - September 4th, 2018

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For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World Cover Image
By Michael W. Waters, Keisha Morris (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781947888081
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Flyaway Books - September 22nd, 2020

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481438285
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 3 - 7 business days
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 8th, 2019

Black Brother, Black Brother Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316493802
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

Harbor Me Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781432855901
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 3 - 7 business days
Published: Thorndike Press Large Print - September 5th, 2018

Ghost (Track #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481450164
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? (Who Was?) Cover Image
By Bonnie Bader, Who HQ, Elizabeth Wolf (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780448447230
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Workshop - December 27th, 2007

Brown Girl Dreaming Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147515827
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - October 11th, 2016

Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250311207
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 10th, 2020

Let's Talk About Race Cover Image
By Julius Lester, Karen Barbour (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780064462266
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - December 23rd, 2008

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316453691
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

The Hate U Give Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 3 - 7 business days
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

Long Way Down Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781481438261
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 3 - 7 business days
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 2nd, 2019

All American Boys Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781481463348
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

On the Come Up Cover Image
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9781432852849
Availability: Special Order
Published: Thorndike Press Large Print - February 27th, 2019

Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781524741853
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - February 26th, 2019