Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's Picks: Anti-Racist Books for Kids

Award-winning and bestselling author Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is one of the most renowned anti-racist voices of our time. He's the founding director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University, a Guggenheim Fellow, a Frances B. Cashin Fellow at Harvard University, and a loving father. He's known for his thoughtful books, including W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize winner The Black Campus Movement, and How to Be an Antiracist. He also became the youngest author to win the National Book Award for Nonfiction with his book Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. In addition to his writing for adults, he's written the middle grade bestseller Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You with Jason Reynolds, and the children's picture book and board book Antiracist Baby.

In recommending the following books, Ibram says, "This reading list is for all people -- but especially for young people -- who want to do the necessary work of chipping away at racism and all of its manifestations." For more from Dr. Ibram X. Kendi or to find his books, visit his website, watch him discuss Parenting in Support of Black Lives with Julie Lythcott-Haims and Allison Briscoe-Smith, or find him on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

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Missing Daddy

age 3+

Gentle message of caring for child of an imprisoned father.

By: Mariame Kaba (2019)
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We Are Water Protectors

age 3+

Powerful words, vibrant images inspire care for the earth.

By: Carole Lindstrom (2020)
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Brown Girl Dreaming

age 10+

Captivating poems depict coming-of-age in tumultuous 1960s.

By: Jacqueline Woodson (2014)
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This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work

age 11+

Empowering activist guide to defying and disrupting racism.

By: Tiffany Jewell (2020)
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Clap When You Land

age 14+

Moving novel in verse about grief, family, and forgiveness.

By: Elizabeth Acevedo (2020)
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Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor

age 15+

28-day program for teens, families to become anti-racist.

By: Layla F. Saad (2020)
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