Anti-Racist Resources for Children

There are so many empowering and teachable children’s books about race, anti-racism, and social justice. Start the conversation. WFPL is here to help.

Book a Librarian: If your child wants recommendations for what to read next, send us a request and a Children’s Librarian will follow up with you. Zoom, Google Meet, email, and telephone options are available. To start the process, send an email to Emily (emiranda@watertown-ma.gov) or fill out this online form: bit.ly/BookaLibrarianWFPL

Many of the books on this list are in high demand right now. If the book you want is checked out, look out for other titles that are marked as "always available" through the hoopla app.

  1. Race / Anti-Racism
  2. Board Books
  3. Picture Books
  4. Early Readers
  5. Chapter Books
  6. Middle Grade
  7. Graphic Novels
  8. Nonfiction
  9. Black Joy
  10. Black History
  11. Resources
  12. Related

Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism


A Is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara (bookHoopla eBook – always available)


Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi (bookOverDrive eBook)


Black Lives Matter by Duchess Harris (book)


The Colors of Us by Karen Katz (book)


Enough!: 20 Protestors Who Changed America by Emily Easton, illustrated by Ziyue Chen (bookOverDrive eBook)


Equality’s Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America by Deborah Diesen (book)


Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin (book)


Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson (bookHoopla audiobook – always available)


Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester (book)


Noodlephant by Jacob Kramer (book)


Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham (bookHoopla eBook – always available)


Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights by Rob Sanders (book)


The People Shall Continue by Simon Ortiz (book)


The Power Book by Claire Saunders (bookHoopla eBook – always available)


Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey (bookHoopla eBook – always available)


Remembering Manzanar: Life in a Japanese Relocation Camp by Michael L. Cooper (book)


Skin Again by bell hooks (book)


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

Injustice by Marianne Cleano (bookOverDrive eBookHoopla audiobook – always available)


This Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell (book)


We Are the Change: Words of Inspiration from Civil Rights Leaders by various (bookOverDrive eBookHoopla eBook – always available)


We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices by Cheryl and Wade Hudson (book)

A Young People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn, adapted by Rebec Stefoff (bookOverDrive eBookHoopla eBook – always available)