Talking to Your Kids about Race, Racism, and Inequality

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jun 5, 2020 2:40:46 PM
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The thought of discussing topics like race, racism, and inequality leaves some parents unsure of where to start, and that's okay.

The complexities that come with having these discussions mean that there's no simple roadmap, but there are tools out there to make starting the conversation a little easier. 

Kids’ Books:

  • The Story of Ruby Bridges
  • If You Were a Kid During the Civil Rights Movement
  • Brown Girl Dreaming
  • One Crazy Summer
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham
  • Something Happened in Our Town

Young Adult/Teen Books:

  • The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
  • Dear Martin, by Nic Stone
  • All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds
  • I’m Not Dying With You Tonight, by  Gilly Segal
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Lynne Thigpen
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham, by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • The Rock and the River, Kekla Magoon
  • Loving vs. Virginia:  A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell

Books for Parents:

  • “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Angelou, Maya
  • “Roots” by Alex Haley
  • “How to be an anti-racist” by Ibram X. Kendi
  • “STAMPED.  Racism, anti-racism and you” by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi
  • “The Racial Healing Book” by Annelisese A Singh
  • “White Fragility” by Robin Diangelo
  • “Me and White Supremacy” by Layla F. Saad
  • “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo
  • “The New Jim Crow-Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander


  • Just Mercy (free to watch in YouTube for only the month of June 2020)
  • Harriet
  • Amazing Grace 
  • Journey to Freedom (documentary)
  • Remember the Titans


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