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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: social justice topic: antiracism topic: racism topic: race

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Heart and Soul

By Kadir Nelson
Narrated by Debbie Allen & TBD /  1 hour 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 for their masters; it's about the America ripped in two by Jim Crow laws; it's about the brothers and sisters of all... Read more »

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Hey Black Child

By Useni Eugene Perkins
Narrated by Pe'Tehn Raighn-Kem Jackson /  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?

This lyrical, empowering... Read more »

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Sit-In

How Four Friends Stood up by Sitting Down
By Andrea Davis Pinkney
Narrated by Myra Lucretia Taylor /  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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Let the Children March

By Monica Clark-Robinson
Narrated by Janina Edwards /  19 minutes

In 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, thousands of African American children volunteered to march for their civil rights after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak. They protested the laws that kept black people separate from white people. Facing fear, hate, and danger, these children used their voices to change the world. Monica Clark-Robinson's... 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 /  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. Read more »

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The Other Side

By Jacqueline Woodson
Narrated by Toshi Widoff-Woodson /  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. Read more »

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Last Stop on Market Street

By Matt De La Pena
Narrated by Lizan Mitchell /  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 /  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... Read more »

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Hair Love

By Matthew A. Cherry
Narrated by Sisi Aisha Johnson /  6 minutes

Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it’s beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he’ll do anything to make her—and her hair—happy. Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair—and a... Read more »

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I Am Enough

By Grace Byers
Narrated by Grace Byers /  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... Read more »

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Magnificent Homespun Brown

A Celebration
By Samara Cole Doyon
Narrated by Chrystal Bethell /  10 minutes

This exploration of the natural world and family bonds through the eyes of a young mixed-race narrator is a living, breathing, dazzlingly multi-faceted, exuberant masterpiece, firmly grounded in her sense of self-worth and belonging. If Walt Whitman were reborn as a vibrant young woman of color, this is the book he might write. America, we hear... Read more »

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Chocolate Me!

By Taye Diggs
Narrated by Taye Diggs /  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... Read more »

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Coretta Scott

By Ntozake Shange
Narrated by Phylicia Rashad /  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 Read more »

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