Talking About Race and Racism with Kids

With today’s headlines and the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement, it’s now more important than ever to raise our children to understand race and racism in our country.

Having these conservations aren’t the easiest, especially with kids. Where do you start, how can you explain serious topics to younger children so they’ll understand and how do we raise this generation to do better in the future?

That’s why we created this Talking about Race guide to provide resources, tips and other important conversations focused on race and racism. We’ll dive into how to raise anti-racist kids, get some perspectives from BIPOC parents, and how to help support these communities in Chicagoland and beyond. ✊🏻✊🏽✊🏿

Jump To



Starting conversations about race and racism is already difficult for some adults, how can we expect to get these crucial topics across to our younger children? Below, you’ll find a variety of resources including kid-friendly books, movies and activities with anti-racism themes in mind.

How to Address Racism in Kids’ Books and Movies

Sometimes kids' media isn't as sweet as it seems. Here's how to discuss instances of intolerance in kids' books and movies.

17 Anti-Racism Books for Kids to Read at Home

It's never too early to start talking about race.

Black History Books to Read With Your Kids

Celebrate Black history with these amazing children's books.

Learning Activities to Help Discuss Race with Kids

Start the conversation of race with these activities.

Spanish/English Bilingual Picture Books for Kids

Want to teach your young child Spanish or English? Try these board books that they are sure to love.

Anti-Racism Resources for Kids and Families

These online anti-racism resources can help you and your kids understand racism and why we all should stand against it.

Creating Racial Justice in Early Mathematics

What is racial justice in early mathematics and why does it matter? Read on for insight.

Black History Month Activities for Kids

Three ways to embrace Black history with your family.



Raising children of color in America is challenging for a number of parents. That’s why we welcome BIPOC parents to share their voices to give us all perspective on how their experiences are different when raising their kids in Chicagoland. Have a personal story to share? Email us at

- Advertisement -



Founded in 2013, the Black Lives Matter movement has become an international movement to put an end to white supremacy and systemic racism. Here is some more information on how to get involved your family involved with Black Lives Matter.

Anti-Racism Resources for Kids and Families

These online anti-racism resources can help you and your kids understand racism and why we all should stand against it.

Why Parents Took Their Kids to Black Lives Matter Protests

We talked to two moms to find out.

Chicago-area Father-Son Team Pair Up to Make Black Lives Matter Art Photo Book

High school student self-published his summer project.

Tips to Explaining Black Lives Matter to Kids with Disabilities

Here's how to start the conversation.



Another great way to continue your anti-racism work is by teaching your kids to support BIPOC businesses, creators and communities. Here are some spots in the Chicago area owned by people of color, and other ways to instill anti-racism in other aspects of your life.

- Advertisement -