Reading For Kids About Race & Diversity

Reading For Kids About Race & Diversity

Over the past months, our KIDLY community and Parent Testers have sent us loads of wonderful suggestions for teaching kids about race, injustice and diversity. Please keep them coming!

For babies & toddlers

The AntiRacist Baby - introduces the youngest readers and the grown-ups in their lives to the concept and power of antiracism.

Ezra Jack Keats’s books about Peter - The Snowy Day, A Letter to Amy, Hi, Cat! and Whistle for Willie.

I Am So Brave! - celebrates the feats of growing out of toddlerhood with courage and success.

It’s Okay To Be Different - acceptance, understanding and confidence in an accessible, child-friendly format, featuring Todd Parr's trademark bold, bright colours and silly scenes.

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Little People Big Dreams: Rosa Parks

Little People Big Dreams: Rosa Parks - discover the incredible life of Rosa Parks, the "Mother of the Freedom Movement".

Please, Baby, Please - filmmaker Spike Lee and his wife, producer Tonya Lewis Lee, present a behind-the-scenes look at the chills, spills and thrills of parenting.

Raising Little Allies-To-Be - an incomplete guide for parents and caregivers to begin conversations about race, privilege, bias, riots, activism, social injustice, diversity and inclusivity. You can download a copy for free.

Round Is A Mooncake - this is a musical video based on the children's book, Round Is a Mooncake, written by Roseanne Thong and illustrated by Grace Lin.

Sesame Street: I Love My Hair - it has to be said: there's so much good stuff on Sesame Street in general.

WokeBabies UK

WokeBabies UK

WokeBabies UK - a monthly subscription service of books and activities for babies through to school age that sends you a very cool T-shirt with your first box.

For 2-5s

All Are Welcome - lets young children know that no matter what, they have a place, they have a space, and they are welcome in their school.

An ABC Of Equality - people from a range of backgrounds, ethnicities and abilities lead the way through the alphabet: N is for No: No means no. P is for Privilege: Be aware of your advantages. X is for Xenophobia, etc.

Book Love - an online book store on a mission to challenge the stark lack of culturally inclusive representation.

Children Of The World - a thought-provoking celebration of both the big ideas and the everyday moments that reveal our common humanity.

The Girls - a winning celebration of difference, individuality and friendship that lasts a lifetime.

Hair Love - an ode to loving your natural hair and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere.

I Am Human: A Book Of Empathy - a celebration of empathy and compassion that encourages children to see themselves as part of one big imperfect family of billions.

Julian is a Mermaid – Julian's Nana is the parental figure we all need in our lives... calm, accepting, enabling and Julian is completely and totally a mermaid - perfect!

Last Stop On Market Street - a beautifully illustrated, emotive picture book explores urban life with honesty, interest and gratitude.

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Later - a tender look at Afro-Caribbean family life from Formy Books, an independent self-publisher.

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me - Maya Angelou's brave, defiant poem celebrates the courage within each of us, young and old.

Literally - a fascinating introduction to the rich history and cultural diversity of the English language and words: karaoke (Japanese); zero (Arabic); guru (Sanskrit); ukulele (Hawaiian); royalty (Norman French); companion (Latin); kookaburra (Wradjuri); mummy (Persian); safari (Swahili).

Look Up – introduces the lovable Rocket, a space-obsessed girl who wants everybody to be as excited as her about an impending meteor shower.

Malala’s Magic Pencil – a beautifully illustrated picture book telling Malala Yousafzai's story, in her own words, for a younger audience.

My Hair Book

My Hair

My Hair - dreads or a twist out? Braids or a high-top fade? Joyous and vibrant, this captures perfectly the excitement of getting ready for a celebration, from winners of the FAB Prize for undiscovered BAME writers and illustrators.

Once Upon A World Collection - offers a multicultural take on the fairy tales we all know and love.

The Proudest Blue

The Proudest Blue

The Proudest Blue - Faizah’s sister’s new hijab is blue as the sea and sky. But when people are nasty about it, will the sisters know how to be strong?

Ready, Steady, Mo – in this adventurous picture book, father of three Mo Farah, combines two lifelong passions - literacy and exercise.

Ruby’s Worry - a perfect book for discussing childhood worries and anxieties, no matter how big or small they may be.

Saturday - a mother and daughter on an up-and-down journey that reminds them of what’s best about Saturdays: precious time together.

Sulwe - 12 Years A Slave star Lupita Nyong'o's moving picture book about colourism, self-esteem and learning that true beauty comes from within.

This Is How We Do It - follows the lives of seven real kids from Japan, Uganda, Russia, Iran, Peru, India and Italy for a single day.

Welcome To Our World - learn all about what people in other countries eat, wear and play, From breakfasts to birthdays, cakes to clothes, hiccups to hellos.

You Matter - in which many different perspectives around the world are explored – from a pair of bird-watchers to the pigeons they’re feeding, from the hugest dinosaur to the tiniest fly.

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of A Young Civil Rights Activist - a moving true story picture book that proves you're never too little to make a difference.

For older kids

Little Leaders: Bold Women In Black History - stories of both iconic and lesser-known female figures of black history - from nurse Mary Seacole, to politician Diane Abbott, mathematician Katherine Johnson and singer Shirley Bassey.

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