Grappling with America’s horrific history of racism shouldn’t be relegated to an annual holiday; it should be year-round. Our children’s specialist, Kari, recommends the following books to initiate discussions of race, privilege, and justice with the
kids in your life.

61jCUUB5J6L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World
by Charles R. Smith 

Organized into—you guessed it!—28 different days, each part of this book features a different influential figure in Black history. Among these, the reader meets Crispus Attucks, the first man shot in the Boston Massacre, sparking the Revolutionary War; Madame C. J. Walker, who after years of adversity became the wealthiest Black woman in the country; and Barack Obama, the country’s first Black president. (ages 4-10)

A13f-VJUJGLVoice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

by Carole Boston Weatherford

Meet Fannie Lou Hamer, a radical leader in the Freedom Summer of 1964, helping anti-segregationists organize and championing equal voting rights. (ages 9-12)

61+DUdFaUSLSeparate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation

by Duncan Tonatiuh
Before Brown v. Board of Education, there was Sylvia Mendez. When Sylvia’s local school refused to admit her because she was Latina, not white, she and her family fought back. (ages 6-11)

51rjn+IuJGLI Have a Dream
illustrated by Kadir Nelson
The words of Dr. King’s iconic speech are brought to life via Kadir Nelson’s captivating illustrations. (all ages)