Resources for Parents

Talking about Race with Children

Talking Race with Young Children,” a podcast from NPR (Published by the National Museum of African-American History and Culture)


Talking to Kids about Racial Violence

Having ‘The Talk’: Expert Guidance On Preparing Kids For Police Interactions

Supporting Kids Of Color In the Wake Of Racialized Violence

Talking to Kids about Racial Violence,” from The New York Times

From the Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About Racism and Violence and Helping Children Cope After A Traumatic Event


Talking about Race for White Parents and Children

Dear White Parents A film and corresponding resources by a Saint Ann’s parent for white parents to talk to white children about racism.

Anti-Racism Resources Guide A document by a Saint Ann’s parent intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen their anti-racism work.

7 Reminders for White Parents Talking to Their Kids About Police Killing Black People

What White Children Need to Know About Race,” from NAIS Magazine


Books for Very Young Children

A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory. A text-only introduction to the definition of racism, the impact on those who experience it, and how to identify it in the wild. Available for purchase as both a hard copy and an e-book (ages 5+, could be suitable for some older preschool children). 

Hands Up! by Breanna J. McDaniel. An illustrated, joyful picture book that celebrates the ways that expression can be used, re-claiming it from the police. (Ages 4+)


Picture Books for Elementary Students

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard. Two families–one White, one Black–experience the impacts on their communities of a police shooting of a Black man. Includes discussion guide. (Suggested for preschool-8 years old)

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness (in the Ordinary Terrible Things series) by Anastasia Higginbotham. This picture book takes an act of racist police violence as its jumping point, and explores whiteness, oppression, and racism from the point of view of a white child attempting to understand the injustice of the world around her. (Suggested for ages 8+ by some, ages 5+ by others)


Chapter Books (Middle Grade & YA)

Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth. A story of a kid and his relationship with his foster brother that features the impact of police brutality on the Black community. Available as an audiobook and paperback. (Ages 8+)

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson. A story of 5th and 6th graders who meet at school to discuss what’s bothering them. Their communities and families experience pain at the hands of racist systems, including incarceration, deportation, and police violence. (Ages 10+)

If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson. A love story between two New York teenagers, one Black and one White. For spoilers & real-life parallels see this article. (Ages 12+)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. The police shooting of an unarmed Black teenager is experienced through the eyes of the victim’s childhood best friend, a 16 year old girl who moves between two very racially and economically different worlds: home and school. (Ages 13+)