Book Lists

PBS Kids for Parents
Children’s books are wonderful resources for helping your child develop a sense of his or her own identity, as well as an understanding of those who are different in terms of race, family composition, religious beliefs and ability. Visit your library for books such as: It’s Okay to be Different (diversity); The Skin You Live In (acceptance); Same, Same But Different (culture and geography); Whoever You Are (diversity); and The Family Book (different family configurations).
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We Need Diverse Books™
A 501(c)(3) non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.
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Project LIT Community
A class project that evolved into a national literacy movement, Project LIT Community was founded by Maplewood High School students in 2016 and now includes more than 1,300 chapters across 48 states.
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Social Justice Books
A project of Teaching for Change, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world.
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The following lists are provided by Lauren Liang, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah:

Picture Books
Everywhere Babies
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
Can I Touch Your Hair?
Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker
The Other Side
Separate is Never Equal:
Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation
Freedom in Congo Square

Chapter Books
The Year of the Dog
Brown Girl Dreaming
Save Me a Seat
Inside Out and Back Again
The Crossover