Antiracist + Black Joy Resources and ACTION STEPS for K-12 Students, Parents, and Educators

Huyck, David and Sarah Park Dahlen. (2019 June 19). Diversity in Children’s Books 2018. blog. Created in consultation with Edith Campbell, Molly Beth Griffin, K. T. Horning, Debbie Reese, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, and Madeline Tyner, with statistics compiled by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Retrieved from

Book Lists

Lies My Bookshelf Told Me: Slavery in Children’s Literature (interesting article with suggestions at the end)

Picture Book Summit - Anti-Racism Picture Books

CCBC Race and Racism: Selected Books for PreK-Grade 12

CCBC Black Experiences: Affirmation and Resilience, Activism and Resistance in 45 Books for PreK-Grade 12

Jacqueline Woodson's Shares Essential Book for Discussing Racism With Kids

Black Joy Booklist

We are KidLit Collective 2020 Summer Reading List

These Books Can Help You Explain Racism and Protest to Your Kids

Books and Resources to Help You Raise Anti-Racist Children

Books About Racism and Social Justice

A Children's and YA Anti-Racist Reading List

13 Children’s Books About Race and Diversity

Social Justice Books


Children’s Books About Race, Diversity and Activism

CommonLit - Texts for talking about race

Build Your Stack - NCTE Antiracist Books for Your Curriculum

*I share the books I read on my Instagram page - LibraryGoddessBlog.

Resources for Teaching & Learning

Cooke, N. A. (2020, May 30). Anti-Racism Resources for all ages. [A project of the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair at the University of South Carolina].

Ending Racism: Teaching Difficult Topics in 2020

We Need Diverse Books

Teaching Tolerance

Anti-Racism LiveBinder by Joy Kirr

Talking About Race - National Museum of African American History and Culture

Talking About Racism and Violence: Resources for Educators and Families

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Libraries

Mirrors, windows and sliding doors - Reading Rockets - Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop

The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child's Bookshelf | Grace Lin | TEDxNatick

Project READY - a series of free, online professional development modules for school and public youth services librarians, library administrators, and others interested in improving their knowledge about race and racism, racial equity, and culturally sustaining pedagogy.

BrainPOP - Black Lives Matter Protests

Other Resources/Tools for Classroom Teachers and School/Youth Services Librarians

Diverse BookFinder

Folx to Follow on Social Media (+ hashtags)

Augusta Baker Endowed Chair at UofSC @BakerChair

SC African American Heritage Commission @SCAAHC1993

Teaching Tolerance @Tolerance_org

South Carolina African American History Calendar @SCAFAM

The Conscious Kid @consciouskidlib

Reading While White @ReadWhileWhite

The Brown Bookshelf @brownbookshelf

Jason Reynolds @JasonReynolds83

ReadWoke Librarian @cicelythegreat

Sarah Park Dahlen, Ph.D. @readingspark

Edith Campbell @CrazyQuilts

We Need Diverse Books @diversebooks

Zetta Elliott @zettaelliott

Ibram X. Kendi @DrIbram

Kimberle Crenshaw @sandylocks

Angie Thomas @angiethomas








  • Write a Black person a POSITIVE message
  • Write an elected official a letter urging them to support the needs of Black citizens
  • LOVE Black
  • Celebrate Black
  • Buy Black

*Thank you Jarvais Jackson ( for theAction Steps listed above!

  • Explore sites like DonorsChoose and look for classrooms that are requesting materials with Black characters or for Black students. DONATE!
  • Many teachers have wish lists on sites like Amazon. Look for those lists and purchase materials with Black characters or for Black students from those lists.
  • Order books from Black owned bookstores. Here is a list of them!
  • Be mindful of the books you add to your collection (school library collection and classroom library collection)
  • Be mindful of the books you add to displays
  • Be mindful of authors and illustrators you recommend/highlight
  • Librarians, suggest books by diverse authors to your classroom teachers
  • Highlight diverse books on social media and in newsletters
  • Be intentional - conduct a diversity audit of your collection (in your school library and of your classroom library shelves)

Updated July 13, 2020