Diverse picture books should be a part of every child’s library, and these picture books about racism are especially timely. It is as important as ever to start having conversations with kids about race early on.
A picture book is a wonderful teaching tool and conversation starter. I find that older students, and even adults, enjoy the gorgeous illustrations and succinct storytelling picture books offer. Don’t discount the value of these seemingly simple books for their ability to stick with readers long after they are read (and re-read).
Picture Books About Racism
Our list includes a diverse selection of picture books about racism to give you a head start on building a multi-cultural library. We’d love to hear any suggestions you have to add to our list.
You can also find Civil Rights Books for Kids at this link.
Our favorite picture books about racism
- Back of the Bus
- Be Kind
- ColorFull: Celebrating the Colors God Gave Us
- Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad
- I Am Enough
- I Am Human: A Book of Empathy
- I Have a Dream
- I Like Myself! (board book)
- Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
- Ruth and the Green Book
- Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for
- Belle, The Last Mule at Gee’s Bend: A Civil Rights Story
- The Other Side
- The Skin You Live In
- The Story Of Ruby Bridges: Special Anniversary Edition
- When Grandmama Sings
- White Water