Titles that we recommend are featured below with cover images. The ones with reviews are noted with an asterisk (*). Some titles are recommended with a caveat. At the end of this page, we provide a list of titles on this theme, with reviews, that we do not recommend.
We also recommend this article by Kara Hinderlie in Rethinking Schools, Black is Beautiful and this excerpt from the book Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves by Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards, Teaching Young Children about Race: A Guide for Parents and Teachers.
See more recommended titles on these lists: Civil Rights Teaching, Black History, Early Childhood Anti-Bias Education Booklists
Los Mejores Colores / Best Colors
By Eric Hoffman, Eida de La Vega (Translator), Celeste Henriquez (Illustrator)
Our Skin: A First Conversation
about Race *
By Megan Madison, Jessica Ralli, and Isabel Roxas (Illustrator)
Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children
By Sandra L. Pinkney, Myles C. Pinkney (Photographer)
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
- Lovable Lyle by Bernard Waber
- My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
- We Are a Garden by Lisa Westberg Peters
- The World Needs More Purple People by Kristen Bell, Benjamin Hart
Learn about our criteria for selecting titles at Social Justice Books. Feedback on these lists and suggestions for additional titles are welcome.
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