Listen, Learn, Participate: a #BlackLivesMatter Resource Series
Talking to Kids About Racism and Justice: a list for parents, caregivers & educators
“Awaken youth of the land and accept this noble challenge of salvaging the strong ship of civilization by the anchors of right, justice and love…” — Ella Baker
Babies & Toddlers
- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. Through poetry, Woodson shares her experience growing up African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Grade 4 & up.
- Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges. Autobiography about the harrowing story of how Bridges integrated a public school in New Orleans when she was 6 years old. Grades 2-4.
- One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia. Three sisters visit their mother, a Black Panther Party member, during a memorable summer in Oakland. Sequel P.S. Be Eleven. Grades 3 & up.
- Freedom over me : eleven slaves, their lives and dreams brought to life by Ashley Bryan. Uses primary sources (and poetry) to contrast the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life, dreams and dignity. Grades 4 & up. *NEW
- Turning 15 on the road to freedom: my story of the 1965 Selma voting rights march by Lynda Blackmon Lowery. The youngest person to complete the Selma to Montgomery March shares her involvement in historic Civil Rights events. Grades 4 & up. *NEW
- Little Rock Nine by Marshall Poe; illustrated by Ellen Lindner. Two boys in Little Rock get caught up in the struggle over public school integration. Grades 4 & up.
- Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children and Don’t You Grow Weary by Elizabeth Partridge (local author). A photo essay focusing on the critical role that children and teens played in the success of the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. Grades 4 & up.
- The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis. The Watsons’ lives are drastically changed after they visit Grandma in Birmingham in the summer of 1963. Grades 4 & up.
- Revolution by Deborah Wiles. Twelve-year-old Sunny evolves a growing sense of justice and empathy after “the invaders” arrive in her Mississippi town to integrate public facilities and register voters during “Freedom Summer.” Grades 4 & up.
- The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin. The riveting local account of African American sailors who were charged with mutiny for refusing to work in unsafe conditions after a deadly explosion during World War II. Grades 4 & up.
- The kid's guide to social action: how to solve the social problems you choose -- and turn creative thinking into positive action by Barbara A. Lewis
- Claudette Colvin: twice toward justice. An excellent book parents and teachers can use to raise the question: Who gets to be a leader? Which Black lives matter, and who gets left out when we look for just one kind of hero? Grades 6 & up.
- Black lives matter by Sue Bradford Edwards and Duchess Harris. Grades 6 & up.
- In the shadow of liberty: the hidden history of slavery, four presidents, and five black lives by Kenneth C. Davis. Grades 6 & up. *NEW
7th & Up
PARENT and TEACHER PERSPECTIVES
VIDEOS & MULTIMEDIA
USEFUL WEBSITES & OTHER RESOURCES
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Talking to Kids about Racism and Justice • Updated Feb 8, 2017 • oaklandlibrary.org/blacklivesmatter