Children’s books with mixed race and kids of color protagonists are not always easy to find at the local bookstore.
Luckily, dozens of netizens have compiled their own lists of melanin-friendly children’s books.
We’ve featured our five favorite children’s book lists and resource websites here.
Social Justice Books is a Teaching for Change project. Along with dozens of book lists separated by ethnicity and theme — from LGBTQ to Incarceration — Social Justice Books also offers a guide for choosing children’s books for your family. The site also features useful articles, book reviews, and their own publications, all written by experts in the field of education and child development.
Embrace Race is a community of parents, families, educators, and changemakers who strive to create a more racially just society for children. One of the resources Embrace Race offers is curated book lists by theme (like “Books that inspire resilience in kids of color” and “Books featuring kids of color being themselves”). Scroll down to “Book lists from around the web” to see their collated list of lists!
Lee & Low Books is one of the premier multiracial children’s book publishers. Their website offers book lists divided by age/grade and by cultures and themes, such as “social and emotional learning,” and “social studies and history.” The site also offers resources for educators (also useful for parents) including teacher guides and lesson plans.
World Full of Color is a free, searchable database of children’s books for all ages of readers, created by children’s book seller and author Elizabeth Bluemle. The books she has included in the database tell stories about people of color where race is “incidental” rather than the focus.
Colours of Us features comprehensive lists of books, toys, and even children’s clothes, divided by ethnicity. While the website doesn’t particularly focus on mixed race children, it does offer a list of over 70 picture books that feature mixed race families. Check out their “toys” section to find information about ethnically diverse dolls and other toys.