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Awesome Anti-Racist Kids' Books

Created by 49thShelf
  • Age: 3 to 100
  • Grade: p to 17
tagged: anti-racist, kids' books.
It's never been more clear that those of us with white and non-Black kids in our lives need to be actively helping those kids understand race and racism and how to combat the latter. These books are excellent tools for this.

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You Hold Me Up / Gimanaadenim

by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Danielle Daniel, translated by Angela Mesic & Margaret Noodin
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: emotions & feelings, friendship

This vibrant picture book, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other's well-being in their every-day actions.
Consultant, international speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote You Hold Me Up to prompt a dialogue among young …

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Boonoonoonous Hair

by Olive Senior, illustrated by Laura James
edition: Hardcover
tagged: caribbean & latin america, girls & women

In this beautifully illustrated picture book written by Commonwealth Prize—winning author Olive Senior and illustrated by the much—acclaimed artist of Anna Carries Water a little girl learns to love her difficult—to—manage curly hair.

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Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged!

by Jody Nyasha Warner, illustrated by Richard Rudnicki
edition: Paperback
  • age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4
tagged: women, prejudice & racism, post-confederation (1867-)

Viola Desmond was one brave woman! Now come on here, listen in close and I’ll tell you why …

In Nova Scotia, in 1946, an usher in a movie theater told Viola Desmond to move from her main floor seat up to the balcony. She refused to budge. Viola knew she was being asked to move because she was black. In no time at all, the police arrived and took …

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Black Women Who Dared

by Naomi M. Moyer
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 5 to 8
tagged: african american, women, prejudice & racism

Inspirational stories of ten Black women and women’s collectives from Canadian and American history. Included are leaders and groundbreakers who were anti-slavery activists, business women, health-care activists, civic organizers and educators. Celebrate these remarkable women, some of whom you may be hearing about for the first time, and the pro …

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Africville

by Shauntay Grant, illustrated by Eva Campbell
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: prejudice & racism, poetry (see also stories in verse)

Winner of the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration
Finalist for a Governor General’s Literary Award, Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books
Finalist for a Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Books Award

When a young girl visits the site of Africville, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the stories she’s heard from he …

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Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Viola Desmond

by Elizabeth MacLeod, illustrated by Mike Deas
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 10
  • Grade: 1 to 5
tagged: prejudice & racism, women

Meet Viola Desmond, community leader and early civil rights trailblazer!

On the night of November 8th 1946, Nova Scotia businesswoman Viola Desmond stood up for her right to be in the “unofficial” whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre . . . and was arrested for it. Supported by the Nova Scotia Association for the Advancement of Colo …

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Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4
tagged: science & technology

The bold story of Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who worked for NASA during the space race and was depicted in the filmHidden Figures.
You've likely heard of the historic Apollo 13 moon landing. But do you know about the mathematical genius who made sure that Apollo 13 returned safely home?
As a child, Katherine Johnson loved …

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To the Rescue! Garrett Morgan Underground

Great Ideas Series

by Monica Kulling, illustrated by David Parkins
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: historical, science & technology

Now in paperback. The inspirational story of African-American inventor Garrett Morgan, whose incredible safety hood became the forerunner to the gas mask that saved thousands of soldiers in the trenches of World War I.
The son of freed slaves, Garrett Morgan was determined to have a better life than laboring in the Kentucky fields with his parents …