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AntiRacist Playlist for Young Kids & Families

AntiRacist Playlist for Young Kids & Families

Books to Help Talk About Race, Racism, and Justice with Young Kids

Playlist Tags: Wild Rumpus Books genre: Non-Classifiable topic: antiracism topic: social justice topic: race topic: racism

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Heart and Soul

By Kadir Nelson
Narrated by: Debbie Allen
Length: 1 hours 37 minutes

The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. Kadir Nelson's award-winning Heart and Soul is about the men, women, and children who toiled in the hot sun picking cotton; it's about the America ripped in two by Jim Crow laws; it's about the brothers and sisters of all colors who rallied...

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Hey Black Child

By Useni Eugene Perkins
Narrated by: Pe'Tehn Raighn-Kem Jackson
Length: 5 minutes

Six-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and four-time Caldecott Honor recipient Bryan Collier brings this classic, inspirational poem to life, written by poet Useni Eugene Perkins.

Hey black child,

Do you know who you are?

Who really are?Do you know you can be

What you want to be

If you try to be

What you can be?

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Sit-In

How Four Friends Stood up by Sitting Down

By Andrea Davis Pinkney
Narrated by: Myra Lucretia Taylor
Length: 22 minutes

The recipient of a Coretta Scott King Book Award Author Honor, Andrea Davis Pinkney is the popular author of numerous picture books and young adult novels. Sit-In recounts the historic events of 1960, when four black college students attempted to integrate a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. ". powerful, elemental, and historic story... Read more »

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Something Happened in Our Town

A Child's Story About Racial Injustice

By Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins & Ann Hazzard
Narrated by: Leslie Green
Length: 42 minutes

Following a police shooting, two families - one White and one Black - discuss the event, its aftermath, and what they can do to help.

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The Other Side

By Jacqueline Woodson
Narrated by: Toshi Widoff-Woodson
Length: 6 minutes

Clover always wondered why there was a fence that separated the black side of town from the white side. When a young white girl, from the other side starts to sit on the fence her curiosity, and a friendship, develops. Includes an interview with Jacqueline Woodson.

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Last Stop on Market Street

By Matt De La Pena
Narrated by: Lizan Mitchell
Length: 7 minutes

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn't he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the... Read more »

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I Believe I Can

By Grace Byers
Narrated by: Grace Byers
Length: 3 minutes

From the New York Times bestselling creator of I Am Enough comes an empowering follow-up that celebrates every child’s limitless potential.

Don't miss this audiobook edition, read by the author, Grace Byers!

I Believe I Can is an affirmation for boys and girls of every background to love and believe in themselves, from actress and activist Grace...

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I Am Enough

By Grace Byers
Narrated by: Grace Byers
Length: 3 minutes

I Am Enough is the audio edition of the New York Times bestseller everyone needs!

This is a gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another, from Empire actor and activist Grace Byers.

Perfect for mothers and daughters, baby showers, and graduation.

We are all here for a purpose. We are more than...

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Chocolate Me!

By Taye Diggs
Narrated by: Taye Diggs
Length: 6 minutes

*Winner of a Parents' Choice Gold Award*

This program is read by Taye Diggs.

The boy is teased for looking different than the other kids. His skin is darker, his hair curlier. He tells his mother he wishes he could be more like everyone else. And she helps him to see how beautiful he really, truly is.


For years before they both achieved acclaim in...

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Coretta Scott

By Ntozake Shange
Narrated by: Phylicia Rashad
Length: 5 minutes

This extraordinary union of poetic text by Ntozake Shange and monumental artwork by kadir Nelson captures the movement for civil rights in the United States and honors its most elegant inspiration, Coretta Scott

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