Teacher's List of Children Books That Discuss Race and Racism Shared Online | 22 Words

With the recent unlawful death of George Floyd, much-needed discussions of racism have been prominent.

Many of us have been looking for ways the educate ourselves, and also our children.

To help with that, one teacher has shared several helpful children's books that discuss race.

Keep scrolling to find out...

Race and racism is currently a topic being discussed frequently.

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Quite rightly, as it is much needed.

People have been doing what they can to share resources that can help to educate about race.

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And whilst it is important to educate ourselves, as adults...

It is also important to make sure that we educate our children.

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To teach them that racism is unacceptable.

Brittany Smith is an inclusive pre-kindergarten teacher from New Jersey.

The 27-year-old has taken to Twitter to share a thread of great children's books that discusses race, and it has quickly gone viral.

"I work with a diverse array of students from all backgrounds, and — as a black woman myself — I know the importance of representation and diversity within the classroom. Creating a welcoming and safe environment for all students means having representation, acknowledging and celebrating differences."

Speaking to BuzzFeed Brittany also said: "Given today's climate and our fight for justice, I want parents, teachers, grandparents, aunts/uncles, and anyone who regularly comes in contact with children to be aware there are resources that can help start the conversations of race and racism."

She also added: "There’s a misconception that they’re too young and don’t understand, but they do! They just don’t always have the tools to express it."

Here are the books that Brittany recommended:

Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X

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By Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X's daughter. Its a picture book that gives a glimpse into the childhood of her father, Malcolm X, and celebrates a vision of freedom and justice.

Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters

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By Andrea Davis Pinkney. This book celebrates the lives of ten bold women who lit the path to freedom for generations, including Shirley Chisholm and Rosa Parks.

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story About Racial Injustice

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By Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard

A story that follows a black family and a white family as they discuss a police shooting of a black man in their community. With the aim of answering children's questions about traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives.

My Hair Is a Garden

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By Cozbi A. Cabrera

A story of a girl who is taunted by classmates about her unruly hair but eventually learns that natural black hair is beautiful.

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation

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By Duncan Tonatiuh.

A story about how Sylvia Mendez and her parents helped end school segregation in California.

Young Water Protectors: A Story About Standing Rock

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By Aslan Tudor and Kelly Tudor. A story about Aslan who arrived in North Dakota to help stop a pipeline. A few months later he returned and he saw the whole world watching.

My Family Divided: One Girl's Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope

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By Diane Guerrero and Erica Moroz. Diane Guerrero shares her personal story in this middle-grade memoir about her parents’ deportation and the nightmarish struggles of undocumented immigrants and their American children.

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

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By Traci Sorell.

This is modern Native American life as told by an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

I Am Not a Number

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By Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer.

A story of a girl who is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school.

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

By Carole Boston Weatherford.

Arturo Schomburg's passion was collecting books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora and bring to light the achievements of people of African descent through the ages. A decade on and his collection, known as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, has become an attraction to those all over across the globe.

Lailah's Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story

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By Reem Faruqi The story of Lailah sees her start a new school in a new country. And as Ramadan starts, she is finally old enough to join in with fasting. But Lailah is worried that her new classmates won't understand.

The Day You Begin

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By Jacqueline Woodson. A book about finding courage, even when you are scared and alone.

The Boy and the Wall

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By Amahl Bishara. A story that focuses on a boy in a refugee camp whose experiences reflect those of many Palestinian refugee children.

The Whispering Town

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By Jennifer Elvgren. The story of neighbors in a small Danish fishing village who, during the Holocaust, shelter a Jewish family waiting to be ferried to safety in Sweden.

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom

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By Carole Boston Weatherford. The story of Harriet Tubman, who was born into slavery, and her bravery and relentless pursuit of freedom.

When I Was Eight

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By Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton. Based on the true story of Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, the story of a young girl who is looking to learn how to read.

Happy in Our Skin

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By Fran Manushkin. A story of families and how wonderful it is to be just who you are.

Chocolate Milk, Por Favor: Celebrating Diversity with Empathy

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By Maria Dismondy. A story that shows how important kindness is.

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

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By Carole Boston Weatherford. A string of poems to celebrate the life of Fannie Lou Hamer.

When We Were Alone

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By David A. Robertson and Julie Flett. A story about a difficult time in history, as a young girl questions her grandmother's heritage.

Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story

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By Paula Yoo. The story of Anna May, the first Chinese American movie star, and her determination to overcome discrimination.

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

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By Vashti Harrison. A book to educate and inspire as it features 40 trailblazing black women in the world's history.

Maddi's Fridge

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By Lois Brandt. A children's book that raises awareness of poverty and hunger.

People have also added to Brittany's thread, with even more educational children's books.

You can view the thread here.