Resources for talking to your Kids about Race and Justice

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Talking to your kids about hard topics can be one of the most intimidating things as a parent or caregiver. We want to come alongside you in those conversations and offer a few resources on how to start and keep having conversations about race, justice, skin color, and Jesus. 

While we do love these resources, none of them are perfect. Many are from a Christian perspective, but some are not. We encourage you to engage with them earnestly and use wisdom on where they fit in your family. The best aid to any hard conversation is lots of prayer, wisdom, and discernment. We trust that God is at work in your own hearts and is able to give you what you need to talk about racism, sin, justice, and the gospel with your own children. We are praying with you and for you! 

 

Resources to share with your kids

Younger Kids:

God’s Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell

God Made Me and You by Shai Linne

Xavier Riddle (PBS Show)

Mixed, A Colorful Story by Arree Chung

Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible

The Beginners Gospel Story Bible 

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed

Let the Children March by Monica Clark Robinson

The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles

 

Older Kids/Teens:

Stamped - Ibram Kendi

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

 

More resource lists:

Wee Read Best Diverse Books of 2019 List

NY Times List of Books to help talk with your kids about racism

How to Find Diverse Books - Embrace Race

Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners

 

Resources for Parents/Caregivers about talking with your kids

The Gospel in Color for Parents by Curtis Woods and Jarvis Williams (book)

A Kid’s Book About Racism by Jelani Memory

Many Hues, One Humanity - MOPS International (video)

How White Parents Can Talk to Their Kids about Race - NPR (article)

Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News - Child Mind Institute (article)

 

Resources for Parents/Caregivers for personal learning

Books:

Woke Church by Eric Mason

The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby

White Fragility by Robin DeAngelo

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison

Prophetic Lament by Soong-Chan Rah

Beyond Colorblind by Sarah Shin

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Tatum

The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone

Dream with Me by John Perkins

Divided by Faith by Michael Emerson and Christian Smith

Oneness Embraced by Tony Evans

United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity by Trillia Newbell

One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race and Love by John Perkins

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

 

Movies:

13th (Netflix)

Just Mercy (Free on most platforms for the month of June)

When They See Us (Netflix)

 

Articles:

Letter from a Birmingham Jail - Martin Luther King Jr.

White Priviledge: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack - Peggy McIntosh

George Floyd and Me - Shai Linne

 

More Resources:

Acts 29 List of Resources on Race and Justice

Truth's Table Podcast

Pass the Mic Podcast