This Teacher’s List Of Children’s Books That Discuss Racism Has Gone Viral

Brittany Smith, 27, is an inclusive pre-kindergarten teacher from New Jersey.

On Monday, Brittany tweeted a thread of great children’s books that discuss race and racism, and it quickly went viral, with nearly 200,000 retweets.

Brittany told BuzzFeed, “I work with a diverse array of students from all backgrounds, and — as a black woman myself — I know the importance of representation and diversity within the classroom. Creating a welcoming and safe environment for all students means having representation, acknowledging and celebrating differences.”

Brittany added, “Given today’s climate and our fight for justice, I want parents, teachers, grandparents, aunts/uncles, and anyone who regularly comes in contact with children to be aware there are resources that can help start the conversations of race and racism. There’s a misconception that they’re too young and don’t understand, but they do! They just don’t always have the tools to express it.”

Here are the books Brittany recommended:

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When I Was Eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton


Annick Press

Brittany added, “These are not the only books available to us! There are so many others out there!” Many people added other terrific books — like Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry — in the replies.

this discusses our community and relationship with hair. Idk how I forgot to post this because I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

Thank you to whoever added this in a comment, I can’t find your handle, I’m sorry! 😭

this discusses our community and relationship with hair. Idk how I forgot to post this because I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

Thank you to whoever added this in a comment, I can’t find your handle, I’m sorry! 😭

Do you have a favorite book for kids or teenagers that discusses race or racism that isn’t mentioned here? Let us know in the comments!

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