Additional Resources

The Undefeated

Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson

Winner of the 2020 Caldecott Medal
A 2020 Newbery Honor Book
Winner of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

Originally performed for ESPN’s The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world’s greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more

Let’s Talk About Race

Julius Lester Author, Karen Barbour (Illustrator)

“This wonderful book should be a first choice for all collections and is strongly recommended as a springboard for discussions about differences.” — School Library Journal

I Hate That I Have To Tell You (Free e-book)

Darnell Lamont Walker

“A tough, emotional task to tackle, Darnell Lamont Walker has answered the call with his new children’s book ‘I Hate That I Have to Tell You‘. A gift to Black Children everywhere, the piece serves as an initiation for recognition and a solemn tribute to those passed.”
– Afropunk

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice

Marianne Celano PhD, Marietta Collins PhD, Ann Hazzard PhD, Jennifer Zivion (Illustrator)

Something Happened in Our Town follows two families — one White, one Black — as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their community. The story aims to answer children’s questions about such traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives.

Includes an extensive Note to Parents and Caregivers with guidelines for discussing race and racism with children, child-friendly definitions, and sample dialogues.

The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

There is also a film adaptation of the book starring Amandla Stenberg.

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness

Anastasia Higginbotham

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness is a picture book about racism and racial justice, inviting white children and parents to become curious about racism, accept that it’s real, and cultivate justice.

“This book does a phenomenal job of explaining how power and privilege affect us from birth, and how we can educate ourselves…Not My Idea is an incredibly important book, one that we should all be using as a catalyst for our anti-racist education.” — THE TINY ACTIVIST

Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.

FACTUALITY

A bonus resource for adults: ​FACTUALITY is a facilitated dialogue, crash course, and interactive experience, that simulates structural inequality, in America.

Participants assume the identities of the characters, encountering a series of fact-based advantages & limitations based on the intersection of their race, class, gender, faith, sexual orientation, age, and ability. Facilitations are now available virtually.

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