Anti-Racist Books for Children and Teenagers' Bookshelves

It's never too early to start the conversation.

Collection of anti-racism books for chlidren
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All right, the secret's out: I'm not a parent. Instead, I'm someone who had her head stuck in a book before she could even talk. (My mom can attest to this.) If there's one thing I wish I'd had more of on my childhood bookshelf, it's books that discuss race. There is no "set age" a child learns how to be anti-racist and how to stand up for what they believe in. Instead, children and teenagers learn from those around them—from friends, family, and any kind of media they can get their hands on.

It's so important to educate ourselves (and the future people of this country) about race and allyship with the goal of creating a better world for us all. It won't happen overnight, but if we continue to support Black-owned businessescall for justice wherever racial injustice strikes, and educate ourselves with the proper tools, we can get there. And there's no better time to educate yourself and others than right now. Ahead, here are ten books for children and teenagers that you can pick up and read to your own family or give as a gift. (If you're looking to educate yourself and your family further, have a movie night and watch one of these Black history documentaries.)


Bianca Rodriguez is the Fashion & Luxury Commerce Manager at Hearst Magazines, covering fashion, beauty, and more for Cosmopolitan, Elle, Esquire, Harper’s BAZAAR, and Town & Country. In addition to spearheading commerce content across brands—from writing about wardrobe must-haves and sales at major retailers to strategizing—she is also an avid reader with a deep love and knowledge for books of all genres. More often than not, you can find her lounging with a good book on the weekend.