With everything happening in the world right now it can be rather difficult to discuss these topics with your kids. When it comes to the pandemic or even the protests, we have the help of friends such as the Sesame Street Characters.

Talking to Kids about Diversity

But if you want to take it another step, books are a great way to teach your kids life lessons and about things going on within our world, communities and society.

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With that being said, I’ve compiled a list of Books That Will Help You Talk to Your Kids About Racism and Diversity.

You can simply choose any of the books below and order them then read them with your children!

A List Of Books To Help Talk to Your Kids About Racism and Diversity

Hair Love

You might remember the award-winning Sony Pictures animation, Hair Love and now, this book is based off of that.

Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair — and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere.

You can get the Hair Love book here.

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

This book is written by the same author as Hair Love (above) and is about:

An important book for all ages, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of forty trailblazing black women in American history. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash.

You can get the Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History here.

Be Kind

A New York Times Bestseller, Be Kind Is about:

From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving story explores what kindness is, and how any act, big or small, can make a difference?or at least help a friend.

You can get the Be Kind Book Here.

Full, Full, Full of Love

For the youngest member of an exuberant extended family, Sunday dinner at Grannie’s can be full indeed — full of hugs and kisses, full of tasty dishes, full to the brim with happy faces, and full, full, full of love. With a special focus on the bond between little Jay Jay and his grannie, Trish Cooke introduces us to a gregarious family we are sure to want more, more, more of.

You can get the Full, Full, Full of Love Book Here.

I Am Enough

This gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another comes from Empire actor and activist Grace Byers and talented newcomer artist Keturah A. Bobo.

We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it.

You can get the I Am Enough book here.

Skin Like Mine

From the Creators of Hair Like Mine, Skin Like Mine is a fun, easy-to- read for beginners as well as advanced readers. An entertaining yet creative way to address and celebrate diversity among young children. Guaranteed to make you smile and a bit hungry.

You can get Skin Like Mine Here.

All Are Welcome

Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yarmulkes play side-by-side with friends in baseball caps. A school where students grow and learn from each other’s traditions and the whole community gathers to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

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

You can order All Are Welcome Here.

I Can Do Hard Things

What we tell ourselves matters! This is just as true for kids as it is for adults.

Help your child tap into their inner strength and find the encouragement they need to navigate their daily environments.

Mindful affirmations can help your child tune out the streams of messages they get about how they should be in the world.

You can order I Can Do Hard Things Here.

ABC I Love Me

ABC I Love Me takes black children along for a journey of self love, confidence, and adventure while teaching young learners positive affirmations for each letter of the alphabet. This book encourages children to accept their unique qualities, and promotes positive self-esteem and a healthy lifestyle.

You can order ABC I Love Me Here.

The Day You Begin

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.

You can order The Day You Begin Here.

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