Antiracist Resources and Reads: Books for the Youngest of Readers

June 11, 2020

We received the following message from a patron last week:

“I think it would be great to include books for young children on your list of anti-racist offerings. Board books, picture books, etc. that showcase diversity and peace. Prejudice is instilled at such a young age, so a list of great books to buy and share with little kids would be wonderful to have.”

Well we just had to agree that this was a great idea. And so, without further ado, the children’s librarians of EPL have conjured up a load of books for the youngest of readers. This is a mix of titles available in our catalog and online.


Board Books – Print

We acknowledge that the library is still closed, and that to make things particularly difficult we don’t allow holds on our board books. With that in mind, hold onto this list! Buy these books from your local booksellers or just wait until we are open again and get them when you can.

Asim, Jabari. Whose Toes Are Those? (book)

Beer, Sophie.  Kindness Makes us Strong  (book)

Browne, Mahogany L.  Woke Baby (book)

Gravel, Elise.  You Can Be (book)

Global Fund for Children. American Babies. (book)

Harrison, Vashti.  Dream Big, Little One. (book)

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands. (book)

Holub,Joan.  This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer.  (book)

Hooks, Bell.  Happy to be Nappy.  (book)

Hooks, Bell.  Homemade Love.  (book)

Hooks, Bell.  Skin Again (book)

**Kendi, Ibram X.  Antiracist Baby (pub date 6/16/20 – book)

Krensky, Stephen and Gillingham, Sara, I Am So Brave (book), I Know a Lot (book

McQuinn, Anna. Lola at the Library. (book)

Nagara, Innosanto. A Is for Activist (book)

Nagara, Innosanto.  Counting on Community (book)

Pinkney, Sandra L.  Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children (book)


Picture Books (Print)

Alexander, Kwame. The Undefeated. (book)

Barnes, Derrick. The King of Kindergarten  (book)

Brown, Monica. Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match / Marisol McDonald No Combina (book)

Brown, Tameka Fryer. Brown Baby Lullaby. (book)

Bunting, Eve. Flower Garden. (book)

Cohn, Diana. Sí, Se Puede!+Yes, We Can! : Janitor Strike in L.A. (book)

Cornwall, Gaia. Jabari Jumps. (book)

Doyon, Samara Cole. Magnificent Homespun Brown. (book)

Gravel, Elise. What Is a Refugee? (book)

Grimes, Nikki. Bedtime for Sweet Creatures (book)

Higginbotham, Anastasia. Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness. (book)

Hoffman, Mary. Amazing Grace (book)

Hughes, Langston, photographs by Charles R. Smith, Jr. My People (book)

Kissinger, Katie. All the Colors We Are/Todos Los Colores De Nuestra Piel (ebook)

Langley, Sharon. Nathan, Amy. Cooper, Floyd. A Ride to Remember (ebook) (movie readalong) (book)

Latham, Irene and Charles Waters. Can I Touch Your Hair: Poems of Race, Mistakes and Friendship. (book)

Le, Minh. Drawn Together. (book)

Lee, Spike. Please, Baby, Please. (book)

Lyons, Kelly Starling. Going Down Home With Daddy. (book)

Marley, Cedella. Get Up, Stand Up. (book)

Martinez-Neal. Alma and How She Got Her Name. (book)

Mora, Oge. Saturday (book)

Morales, Yuyi. Dreamers. (book)

Muhammad, Ibtihaj. The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family (book)

Nyong’o, Lupita. Sulwe (book)

Paul, Baptiste. The Field. (book)

Phi, Bao. My Footprints. (book)

Pace, Anne Marie. Busy-Eyed Day (book)

Rose, Tiffany. M is for Melanin: A Celebration of the Black Child (book)

Tarpley, Natasha. I Love My Hair! (book)

Thomas, Pat. The Skin I’m In. (book)

Thompkins-Bigelow, Jamila. Mommy’s Khimar (book)

Thong, Roseanne. Round is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes (book)

Tudor, Aslan. Young Water Protectors: A Story About Standing Rock (book)

Weatherford, Carol Boston. The Roots of Rap. (book)

Woodson, Jacqueline. The Day You Begin. (book

Wright, Richard. Seeing Into Tomorrow (book)


Picture Book Ebooks & Films

Andrews, Troy. The 5 O’Clock Band  (book) (ebook)

Barnes, Derrick. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (book) (ebook) (movie)

McQuinn, Anna. Lola at the Library. [story books category- Tumblebooks] (ebook)

Buitrago, Jairo. Two White Rabbits (book) (ebook)

Campoy, F. Isabel. Maybe Something Beautiful.  (book) (ebook) (audiobook in Spanish) (audiobook) (movie) (movie in Spanish)

Clark-Robinson, Monica. Let the Children March. (book) (audiobook) (movie)

de la Pena, Matt. Last Stop on Market Street. (book) (movie)

Diggs, Taye. Mixed Me! (book) (audiobook)

Diouf, Sylvianne. Bintou’s Braids. [story books category- Tumblebooks] (ebook)

Durango, Julia. Under the Mambo Moon (book) (ebook)

Farmer, Bonnie. Oscar Lives Next Door. [story books category- Tumblebooks] (ebook)

Jordan-Fenton, Christy and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton. Not My Girl. [story books category- Tumblebooks] (ebook)

Gill, Joel Christian. Fast Enough (book) (ebook)

Greenfield, Eloise. Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me. (book) (ebook)

Harrison, Vashti. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History. (ebook) (book

Hrab, Naseem. Ira Crumb Feels The Feelings. [story books category- Tumblebooks] (ebook)

Jain, Mahak. Maya. [story books category- Tumblebooks] (ebooks)

Johnson, Angela. A Girl Like Me (book) (ebook)

Johnson, Angela. Just Like Josh Gibson. [story books category- Tumblebooks] (ebook)

Latham, Irene and Charles Waters. Can I Touch Your Hair? (book) (ebook) (audiobook)

Lin, Grace. A Big Mooncake for Little Star  (book) (ebook) (movie)

Marley, Cedella. One Love. (ebook)

Millner, Denene. The Fresh Princess (book) (ebook)

Mora, Oge. Thank You, Omu! (book) (ebook) (movie)

Morales, Yuyi. Dreamers (book) (book in Spanish)  (ebook) (movie) (audiobook)

Munsch, Robert. From Far Away. [story books category- Tumblebooks] (ebook)

Myers, Walter Dean. Looking Like Me (book) (ebook)

O’Brien, Sibley. I’m New Here (book) (ebook) (movie)

Quintero, Isabel. My Papi Has a Motorcyle (book)  (book in Spanish) (audiobook) (movie) (Spanish audiobook) (Spanish movie)

Sorell, Traci. We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga (book) (ebook)

Thong, Roseanne Greenfield. One Is a Pinata (book) (ebook)

Thong, Roseanne Greenfield. Red is a Dragon. [story books category- Tumblebooks] (ebooks)

Thong, Roseanne Greenfield. Round is a Mooncake. [story books category- Tumblebooks] (ebooks)

Trice, Linda. Kenya’s Art (book) (ebook)

Wilson-Max, Ken. Astro Girl (book) (audiobook) (movie)

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