Anti-Racism Personal Growth
and Family Read Alouds
A place to learn and grow individually and as a family.
I’ve partnered with two other wonderful humans (Katie at @theoutdoorhomeschool & The Outdoor Homeschool and Carolyn at @the.barefoot.babies) to create a diversity themed book club. We are committed to a year-long anti-racism journey and we want you and your family to join in with us!
Each month we are sharing one children’s book featuring BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) characters and cultures. We invite you to join in and add these books to your family read aloud rotation each month.
Additionally, every other month we (the adults in our families) are reading an anti-racism book and sharing our personal growth and reflections on Instagram.
Use the hashtag #diversitybookclub2021 to share your thoughts, reflections, growth, and you and your family reading diverse books together. This hashtag allows each of us see how many families are reading the same books and growing together. It enables us to see each other’s perspectives on each book. It allows us to find other like-minded people and families. It builds a community.
Below you will find our book selections for adults and children. We encourage you to shop at your local bookstore or buy directly from the author whenever possible, but we’ve also included an Amazon affiliate link for each book as well. We will donate 100% of the money we receive from these purchases in 2021 to Black Kids Adventures.
Looking to add some more diversity to your family read aloud selections? Here are some amazing accounts with some great children’s book suggestions.
Adult Book Club Selections
— April 2021 —
Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes what we see, think, and do
Written By – Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD
How do we talk about bias? How do we address racial disparities and inequities? What role do our institutions play in creating, maintaining, and magnifying those inequities? What role do we play?
With a perspective that is at once scientific, investigative, and informed by personal experience, Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt offers us the language and courage we need to face one of the biggest and most troubling issues of our time. She exposes racial bias at all levels of society—in our neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and criminal justice system. Yet she also offers us tools to address it. Eberhardt shows us how we can be vulnerable to bias but not doomed to live under its grip. Racial bias is a problem that we all have a role to play in solving.
— February 2021 —
How to Raise Antiracist kids: An age-by-age guide for parents of white children
Written By – Rebekah Gienapp
Do you avoid talking about race with your kids because you’re afraid to say the wrong thing?
Or are you talking to your kids about racism and white privilege, but you don’t know if you’re doing it in an age appropriate way?
And just how can you move from talk to antiracist action with your kids?
Raising Antiracist Kids is a practical guide that equips parents to talk to white kids about race right now – whether they’re toddlers or teens – and go beyond conversation into action.
Children’s Read Alouds
— April 2021 —
I Like Myself
Written by – Karen Beaumont
Illustrated by – David Catrow
High on energy and imagination, this ode to self-esteem encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves—inside and out. Messy hair? Beaver breath? So what! Here’s a little girl who knows what really matters.
At once silly and serious, Karen Beaumont’s joyous rhyming text and David Catrow’s wild illustrations unite in a book that is sassy, soulful . . . and straight from the heart.
— March 2021 —
Fry Bread: A Native American family story
Written by – Kevin Noble Maillard
Illustrated by – Juana Martinez-Neal
Told in lively and powerful verse, Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family.
Fry bread is food.
It is warm and delicious, piled high on a plate.
Fry bread is time.
It brings families together for meals and new memories.
Fry bread is nation.
It is shared by many, from coast to coast and beyond.
Fry bread is us.
It is a celebration of old and new, traditional and modern, similarity and difference.
— February 2021 —
I am Human: A book of empathy
Written by – Susan Verde
Illustrated by – Peter H. Reynolds
Being human means we are full of possibility. We learn, we dream, we wonder at the world around us. But we also make mistakes and can feel fearful or sad.
I Am Human affirms that we can make good choices by acting with compassion and having empathy for others and ourselves. When we find common ground, we can feel connected to the great world around us and mindfully strive to be our best selves.