Towards a kinder, more inclusive world

These 10 of our favorite picks introduce kids to topics of race, friendship, and personal journeys in keeping with the Black Lives Matter movement gaining ever more prominence on the world stage. Read them with your kids and by yourself—they’ll leave you with simple, effective truths to help make the world a kinder, more inclusive place.

Poems of Race Mistakes and Friendship by Irene Latham and Charles Waters Black Lives Matter book list

Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham, Charles Walters, Sean Qualls and Selina Alko

“Irene is white, Charles is Black, and they have to do a project together at school. How can they learn enough about each other to create a project that represents them both? Lovely poems accessible to kids of all ages.”
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Wide Big World by Maxine Beneba Clarke and Isobel Knowles Black Lives Matter book list

Wide Big World by Maxine Beneba Clarke and Isobel Knowles

“A striking picture book about the necessity of diversity among people and ideas for creating a more beautiful world—and with beautiful pictures to match.”
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Hands Up by Breanna J McDaniel and Shane W Evans Black Lives Matter book list

Hands Up! by Breanna J. McDaniel and Shane W. Evans

“A young Black girl learns to put her hands up for lots of things: a hug, an answer in class, a high-five from a friend, a prayer in church, and eventually a protest at a march. The building tension in the arc of this lovely picture book celebrates the triumphs big and small that begin with a hand up.”
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Together We Stand Against Racism Black Lives Matter by Sonja Smith and Tejal Mistry Black lives matter book list

Together We Stand Against Racism: Black Lives Matter by Sonja Smith and Tejal Mistry

This accessible book talks to kids on their level about social justice and injustice and the role they play in making space in the world for everyone. A must-have.
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Lets Talk About Race by Julius Lester and Karen Barbour Black Lives Matter book list

Let’s Talk About Race by Karen Barbour & Julius Lester

“The author and illustrator of this striking book realize a compelling vision complete with personal stories and experiences of race from all around the world. Perfect for any child in any place.” Storyberries
An ABC of Equality by Chana Ginelle and Paulina Morgan Black Lives Matter book list

An ABC of Equality by Chana Ginelle and Pauline Morgan

“A is for Accessibility, B is for Belief, C is for Class…L is for LGBTQIA, N is for No, P is for Privilege. Kids and adults will explore the impact of inclusion, diversity, and equity on every letter of the alphabet—and every aspect of their lives”.
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A Childs Introduction to African American History by Jabari Asim and Lynn Gaines Black lives matter list

A Child’s Introduction to African American History by Jabari Asim & Lynn Gaines

“In the latest edition of the Child’s Introduction series, children will learn about a chronology of key events in combined histories of Africa and America, from the American Revolution to the Tuskegee experiments to the election of Barack Obama. An indispensable introductory tool that you’ll refer back to again and again.”
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Dreams for a Daughter by Carole Boston Weatherford and Brian Pinkney Black Lives Matter book-list

Dreams for a Daughter by Carole Boston Weatherford and Brian Pinkney

“‘I promise to show you all that I can,” the mother promises her small daughter in this touchingly written and diligently illustrated love letter. A perfect book for young girls—and women—trying to better understand the world they live in and all it is calling them to be.”
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Equalitys Call by Deborah Diesen and Magdalena Mora Black Lives Matter book list

Equality’s Call by Deborah Diesen and Magdalena Mora

“Consent of the governed” was a highlight of the U.S. Constitution when it was written—but only a small percentage of the governed had any say in the life of the country. This honest book teaches kids about some of American history’s great inequities and about how kids just like them can create more opportunities for all kinds of Americans to have a say in America.”
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My Ancestors Wildest Dreams by Ava Holloway Amanda Lynch and Bonnie Lemaire Black Lives Matter book list

My Ancestors’ Wildest Dreams by Ava Holloway, Amanda Lynch and Bonnie Lemaire

“Based on a true (and recent) story! When ballerinas Ava Holloway and Kennedy George were photographed in front of the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond, VA, the last thing anyone expected was for the photos to go viral. But they used their newfound spotlight—and connection with each other—to kick off a summer of activism and dance, creating representation and hope for young would-be activists and artists around the world.”
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My Little Garden

This wordless picture book about a boy and his dad tending a garden, allows you to create your own empowering stories with your child. A thoughtfully produced and beautifully illustrated book.

Baby’s First Family Photo

Storyberries has a brilliant series of wonderfully illustrated African stories. In this bedtime story by Edem Torkornoo, the family are all dressing up in their favourite clothes to celebrate the arrival of their new baby, and the unity of their family. Storyberries
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Manu Mixes Clay and Sunshine

Sharing cultural knowledge and valuing family traditions is so important for any growing child. In this story Manu learns the valuable art of pottery making alongside his father and grandfather, and as they work together, their love and understanding becomes deeper.