Anti-Racism Picture Books

Antiracist baby

Ibram X. Kendi ; illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky
ISBN: 9780593110508

Illustrations and rhyming text present nine steps Antiracist Baby can take to improve equity, such as opening our eyes to all skin colors and celebrating all our differences.

Intersection allies : we make room for all

by Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, and Carolyn Choi ; illustrations by Ashley Seil Smith
ISBN: 9781948340083

A handy book about intersectionality that depicts the nuances of identity and embraces difference as a source of community.

The undefeated

by Kwame Alexander ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson
ISBN: 9781328780966

"The Newbery Award-winning author of The Crossover pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree. Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more."-- Provided by publisher.

EBook available from the Alaska Digital Library

Woke baby

Mahogany L. Browne ; illustrated by Theodore Taylor III
ISBN: 9781626722958

"For all the littlest progressives, waking up to seize a new day of justice and activism. Woke babies are up early. Woke babies raise their fists in the air. Woke babies cry out for justice. Woke babies grow up to change the world. This lyrical and empowering book is both a celebration of what it means to be a baby and what it means to be woke. With bright playful art, Woke Baby is an anthem of hope in a world where the only limit to a skyscrapper is more blue."--Publisher's description.

Hands up!

Breanna J. McDaniel ; illustrated by Shane W. Evans
ISBN: 9780525552314

"A young girl lifts her hands up in a series of everyday moments before finally raising her hands in resistance at a protest march"-- Provided by publisher.

We march

Shane W. Evans
ISBN: 9781596435391

Illustrations and brief text portray the events of the 1963 march in Washington, D.C., where the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a historic speech.

Skin again

written by bell hooks ; illustrated by Chris Raschka
ISBN: 9780786808250

The skin I'm in is just a covering. It cannot tell my story. The skin I'm in is just a covering. If you want to know who I am you have got to come inside and open your heart way wide. Celebrating all that makes us unique and different, Skin Again offers new ways to talk about race and identity. Race matters, but only so much, what's most important is who we are on the inside. Looking beyond skin, going straight to the heart, we find in each other the treasures stored down deep. Learning to cherish those treasures, to be all we imagine ourselves to be, makes us free. Skin Again celebrates this freedom. Like layers of skin, readers will peel away the pages of this visionary work from the creators of Happy to Be Nappy, and inside reveal all that is needed for us to be loving and accepting of one another. bell books is the author of a number of groundbreaking books, including Happy to Be Nappy, an NAACP Image Award Nominee; Homemade Love, a Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year; and Be Boy Buzz. She lives in New York City.

Ebook available from the Alaska Digital Library

The other side

Jacqueline Woodson ; illustrations by Earl B. Lewis
ISBN: 9780399231162

Two girls, one white and one black, gradually get to know each other as they sit on the fence that divides their town.

E-audiobook available from the Alaska Digital Library

Mae among the stars

written by Roda Ahmed ; illustrations by Stasia Burrington
ISBN: 9780062651730

When young Mae Jemison is asked by her teacher what she wants to be when she grows up, African American Mae tells her mostly white classmates that she wants to be an astronaut, a dream that her parents wholeheartedly support.

Jackie's bat

Marybeth Lorbiecki ; illustrated by Brian Pinkney
ISBN: 9780689841026

Joey, the batboy for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, learns a hard lesson about respect for people of different races after Jackie Robinson joins the team.

That is my dream! : a picture book of Langston Hughes's "Dream variation"

illustrated by Daniel Miyares
ISBN: 9780399550171

"Dream Variation," one of Langston Hughes's most celebrated poems, about the dream of a world free of discrimination and racial prejudice, is now a picture book stunningly illustrated by Daniel Miyares...An African-American boy faces the harsh reality of segregation and racial prejudice, but he dreams of a different life--one full of freedom, hope, and wild possibility, where he can fling his arms wide in the face of the sun"-- Provided by publisher.

Princess hair

written and illustrated by Sharee Miller
ISBN: 9780316562614

Little girls pretending to be princesses celebrate the different shapes, textures, and styles of their black hair.

A is for activist

written and illustrated by Innosanto Nagara
ISBN: 9781609806934

"The bestselling ABC book for families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that we believe in and fight for."--Page [4] of cover.

Ebook available through Alaska Digital Library and Hoopla

Racism and intolerance

Louise Spilsbury ; Hanane Kai
ISBN: 9781438050225

In Racism and Intolerance, children can get answers to questions like: "What does it mean to be a racist--or intolerant?" and "How can I help?" Children will begin to understand the way others struggle with these issues and become empowered to make a difference.

The breaking news

written & illustrated by Sarah Lynne Reul
ISBN: 9781250153562

When devastating news rattles a young girl's community, her normally attentive parents and neighbors are suddenly exhausted and distracted. At school, her teacher tells the class to look for the helpers-the good people working to make things better in big and small ways. She wants more than anything to help in a BIG way, but maybe she can start with one small act of kindness instead ... and then another, and another. Small things can compound, after all, to make a world of difference. Both timely and timeless, this charmingly illustrated debut picture book from Sarah Lynne Reul touches on themes of community, resilience, and optimism with an authenticity that will resonate with readers young and old.

Ebook available on the Alaska Digital Library

Fry bread : a Native American family story

written by Kevin Noble Maillard ; illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
ISBN: 9781626727465

Using illustrations that show the diversity in Native America and spare poetic text that emphasizes fry bread in terms of provenance, this volume tells the story of a post-colonial food that is a shared tradition for Native American families all across the North American continent. Includes a recipe and an extensive author note that delves into the social ways, foodways, and politics of America's 573 recognized tribes.

I am enough

Grace Byers ; pictures by Keturah A. Bobo
ISBN: 9780062667120

Shares a story of loving who you are, respecting others and being kind to one another.

E-audiobook available on Hoopla

All are welcome

Alexandra Penfold, Suzanne Kaufman
ISBN: 9780525579649

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce a school where diversity is celebrated and songs, stories, and talents are shared.

Ebook available on Alaska Digital Library

The day you begin

Jacqueline Woodson ; illustrated by Rafael López
ISBN: 9780399246531

Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.

When I was eight

Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton ; art by Gabrielle Grimard
ISBN: 9781554514915

This adaptation of Fatty legs makes the story of Margaret Pokiak's experiences in a residential school accessible to younger readers. Now they, too, can meet this remarkable girl who reminds us what power we hold when we can read.

When we were alone

David Alexander Robertson ; Julie Flett, illustrator
ISBN: 9781553796732

"When a young girl helps tend to her grandmother's garden, she begins to notice things that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long, braided hair and beautifully colored clothing? Why does she speak another language and spend so much time with her family? As she asks her grandmother about these things, she is told about life in a residential school a long time ago, where all of these things were taken away. When We Were Alone is a story about a difficult time in history, and, ultimately, one of empowerment and strength."-- Provided by publisher.

Ebook available on Hoopla and the Alaska Digital Library

When Grandmama sings

by Margaree King Mitchell ; illustrated by James E. Ransome
ISBN: 9780688175634

An eight-year-old girl accompanies her grandmother on a singing tour of the segregated South, both of them knowing that Grandmama's songs have the power to bring people together.

How to be tolerant : a question and answer book about tolerance

by Emily James
ISBN: 9781515772026

Everyone has the ability to be tolerant. But what does that mean? Readers will learn through examples in a fun question and answer format that having respect for others whose beliefs, ideas, and backgrounds are different than yours shows tolerance.

All kinds of friends

Shelley Rotner & Sheila Kelly
ISBN: 9781512431056

Photographs and simple text explore the many kinds of friends children have in their lives.

Amy Wu and the patchwork dragon

by Kat Zhang ; illustrated by Charlene Chua
ISBN: 9781534463639

"Amy loves craft time at school, but when her teacher asks everyone to make their own dragon, Amy feels stuck. Her first dragon has a long, wingless body, stag-like horns, and eagle claws, but her friends don't think it's a real dragon. Then she makes dragons like theirs, but none of them feels quite right--none of them feels like hers"--Publisher marketing.

Paper son : Lee's journey to America

written by Helen Foster James & Virginia Shin-Mui Loh ; illustrated by Wilson Ong
ISBN: 9781585368334

Twelve-year-old Lee, an orphan, reluctantly leaves his grandparents in China for the long sea voyage to San Francisco, where he and other immigrants undergo examinations at Angel Island Immigration Station.

I'm new here

Anne Sibley O'Brien
ISBN: 9781580896122

Three children from other countries (Somalia, Guatemala, and Korea) struggle to adjust to their new home and school in the United States.

A normal pig

by K-Fai Steele
ISBN: 9780062748577

"Pip is a normal pig who does normal stuff: cooking, painting, and dreaming of what she'll be when she grows up. But one day a new pig comes to school and starts pointing out all the ways in which Pip is different. Suddenly she doesn't like any of the same things she used to...the things that made her Pip. A wonderful springboard for conversations with children, at home and in the classroom, about diversity and difference."

Say hello!

Rachel Isadora
ISBN: 9780399252303

A little girl greets people in her neighborhood in many different languages.


written by Lupita Nyong'o ; illustrated by Vashti Harrison
ISBN: 9781534425361

When five-year-old Sulwe's classmates make fun of her dark skin, she tries lightening herself to no avail, but a shooting star's tale of the sisters Night and Day helps her understand there is beauty and worth in every shade.

Someone new

Anne Sibley O'Brien
ISBN: 9781580898317

"When three children, Jesse, Jason, and Emma, are confronted with new classmates from different ethnic backgrounds, they strive to overcome their initial reactions, and to understand, accept, and welcome Maria, Jin, and Fatima."-- (Source of summary not specified)

Danbi leads the school parade

by Anna Kim
ISBN: 9780451478894

"Danbi is thrilled to start her new school in America. But a bit nervous too, for when she walks into the classroom, everything goes quiet. Everyone stares. Danbi wants to join in the dances and the games, but she doesn't know the rules and just can't get anything right. Luckily, she isn't one to give up. With a spark of imagination, she makes up a new game and leads her classmates on a parade to remember! Danbi Leads the School Parade introduces readers to an irresistible new character. In this first story, she learns to navigate her two cultures and realizes that when you open your world to others, their world opens up to you"

Where are you from?

by Yamile Saied Méndez ; illustrated by Jaime Kim
ISBN: 9780062839930

"When a young girl is asked where she's from--where she's really from--she's no longer as she was. She decides to turn to her dear abuelo for some help with this ever-persistent question. But he doesn't quite give her the answer she expects."--Page [2] of cover.

A world together

Sonia Manzano, Sesame Street's "Maria."
ISBN: 9781426337383

"A picture book about unity for people around the world. This book combines the Sonia Manzano's lyrical text with incredible National Geographic photography of people from around the world to explore and celebrate how we are the same and how we are different-- and how laughter and love can help bring a world together. Just imagine all the wonderful people there are to meet!"-- Provided by publisher.

Yo soy Muslim : a father's letter to his daughter

Mark Gonzales ; illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini
ISBN: 9781481489362

A lyrical celebration of multiculturalism as a parent shares with a child the value of their heritage and why it should be a source of pride, even when others disagree.

Your name is a song

Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow ; illustrated by Luisa Uribe
ISBN: 9781943147724

Saddened by her classmates' and teacher's mispronunciations of her name, a girl is empowered by her discovery that names are like songs when she and her mom celebrate the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names.

Black is a rainbow color

written by Angela Joy ; illustrated by Ekua Holmes
ISBN: 9781626726314

"A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on"-- Provided by publisher. Includes historical and cultural notes, song list, and two poems.

Marisol McDonald doesn't match

story, Monica Brown ; illustrations, Sara Palacios = Marisol McDonald no combina / cuento, Monica Brown ; ilustraciones, Sara Palacios
ISBN: 9780892392353

A creative, unique, bilingual Peruvian Scottish-American-soccer-playing artist celebrates her uniqueness.

All because you matter

written by Tami Charles ; illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner Bryan Collier
ISBN: 9781338574852

A lyrical, heart-lifting love letter to Black and Brown children everywhere reminds them how much they matter, that they have always mattered and they always will.

Be who you are

Todd Parr
ISBN: 9780316265232

Picture book encouraging kids to be proud of what makes them unique, where they come from, and how they express themselves and see the world.

A girl like me

Angela Johnson ; illustrations by Nina Crews
ISBN: 9781541557772

"Empower young readers to embrace their individuality, reject societal limitations, and follow their dreams. This inspiring picture book brings together a poem by acclaimed author Angela Johnson and Nina Crews's distinctive photocollage illustrations to celebrate girls of color" --

M is for melanin : a celebration of the black child

Tiffany Rose
ISBN: 9781499809169

"Each letter of the alphabet contains affirming, Black-positive messages, from A is for Afro, to F is for Fresh, to W is for Worthy. This book teaches children their ABCs while encouraging them to love the skin that they're in." -- (Source of summary not specified)

God's dream

Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams ; illustrated by LeUyen Pham
ISBN: 9780763633882

An introduction for the youngest readers to Archbishop Tutu's message of forgiveness and empathy.

Gondra's treasure

Linda Sue Park ; illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt
ISBN: 9780544546691

Gondra, a little dragon, celebrates her uniqueness while talking with her parents about differences between her father's homeland in the East, and her mother's in the West.

Magnificent homespun brown : a celebration

written by Samara Cole Doyon ; illustrated by Kaylani Juanita
ISBN: 9780884487975

Joyful young narrators celebrate feeling at home in one's own skin.

Happy in our skin

Fran Manushkin ; illustrated by Lauren Tobia
ISBN: 9780763670023

Bouquets of babies sweet to hold: cocoa-brown, cinnamon, and honey gold. Ginger-coloured babies, peaches and cream, too--splendid skin for me, splendid skin for you! A delightfully rhythmical read-aloud text is paired with bright, bustling art from the award-winning Lauren Tobia, illustrator of Anna Hibiscus, in this joyful exploration of the new skin of babyhood. A wonderful gift book for new mums and toddlers; all children can see themselves, and open their eyes to the world around them, in this sweet, scrumptious celebration of skin in all its many, many, wonderful forms.

I am brown

written by Ashok Banker ; illustrated by Sandhya Prabhat
ISBN: 9781911373940

"I am brown. I am beautiful. I am perfect. I designed this computer. I ran this race. I won this prize. I wrote this book. A joyful celebration of the skin you're in--of being brown, of being amazing, of being you" --


Jess Hong
ISBN: 9781939547378

"Big, small, curly, straight, loud, quiet, smooth, wrinkly. Lovely explores a world of differences that all add up to the same thing: we are all lovely!"-- Provided by publisher.