Follow Lovin Dublin

Reading List - Helpful children's books to teach kids about diversity

By Sarah Finnan

June 3, 2020 at 5:01pm


If you're on the hunt for some new children's books to add to your bookshelves, we've compiled a list of suggestions that are as informative as they are enjoyable and will help you to teach young minds about race, racism and diversity. 

Educating ourselves is one of the most important ways that we can ensure we're making tangible changes going forward. However, while it is important that we are educating ourselves and addressing our own prejudices and shortcomings, it's equally important that we are equipping younger generations with the right information and tools to do better than us.

At a loss as to how best to go about it? Well, what child doesn't love a bedtime story? Changing up your kid-friendly reading list and choosing books that feature black heroes and characters is a great way to start. Our online worlds are saturated with information at the moment and there are countless places to find useful resources to get you going. I've compiled a few below so they're easily accessible and you can tick them off as you go.

The Everymom

The Everymom is described as "an online resource for the modern mom" and they've compiled a detailed list of 33 books that put people of colour at their centre.  On the list you'll find titles such as Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed and Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison along with several others.

As the website puts it:

"When children are surrounded by diversity, it becomes a regular part of their life. So, be vigilant. Start young. Talk about hard things. Learn with your kids. Do the work. It’s always worth it."

Below you'll find a helpful thread with countless suggestions for children's books that discuss race and racism. As a teacher and educator, Brittany (or @antisocialbritt as she goes by on Twitter) took it upon herself to recommend a number of different books that she's found helpful in helping to explain complex topics to little minds. Some of the titles mentioned include:

  • Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o
  • Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • My Hair Is a Garden by Cozbi A. Cabrera
  • Happy In Our Skin by Fran Manushkin
  • Chocolate Milk, Por Favor! Celebrating Diversity with Empathy by Maria Dismondy

Today's Parent

Today's Parent is another parenting website and they've put together a list of 27 books to help you get your kids thinking about racism. Featured on the list you'll find the likes of A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara, I am Jacki Robinson by Brad Meltzer, Rosa by Nikki Giovanni and Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki. They also suggest regular books of the week (such as The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad pictured below), so your reading list will never fall short.

View this post on Instagram

Happy Thursday! This week’s #TPBookOfTheWeek is “The Proudest Blue” written by Olympic bronze medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad (@ibtihajmuhammad) and S.K. Ali (@skalibooks) and illustrated by Hatem Aly (@metahatem). While Faizah is excited for the first day of school, she’s more excited for her older sister, Asiya, because it will be her first day of hijab. To Faizah, Asiya’s hijab is the most perfect shade of blue: “like the ocean and the sky, no line between them, saying hello with a loud wave.” Faizah is so proud of her sister that it hurts to hear people laugh and call Asiya’s hijab a tablecloth. Recalling their Mama's advice, these two sisters show us what it means to be the bigger person. Check out our stories for an inside look!

A post shared by Today's Parent (@todaysparent) on


A quick Google search will bring up tonnes of other suggestions on useful children's books and Amazon also update their most popular products hourly so you can see what other people are buying if you're still unsure what to go for.

Need inspiration for staying at home? Sign up to our Lovin Home Comforts newsletter here.

READ NEXT: She Did That – The Netflix documentary about Black women entrepreneurs


Join the Lovin Dublin Newsletter

* indicates required


Marketing Permissions

Please select all the ways you would like to hear from Lovin Media Group:

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.