Talking to Your Kids About Race & Diversity

Talking to Your Kids About Race & Diversity

Families and Race

Many of us are trying to learn more and figure out what we can do given the current state to support and help put an end to the injustice our black and brown brothers and sisters have experienced for way too long. There are many different resources out there but here is a comprehensive list all in one place to help get you started. Education…it is so important! YOU can help by raising loving, inclusive children that speak out and support all of God’s amazing children. Here are some resources that may help on your personal and family journey.  

Reading Resources

Here is a list of inclusive book options our Children and Family Ministry team has shared through “Storytime with Chessey” as well as our MLK Day On! event. Also, to learn more and stay connected, we encourage you to join our Children and Family Ministry Facebook group!

  • Everybody Bakes Bread by Norah Dooley
  • Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrations by LeUyen Pham
  • Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin and Lauren Tobia
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena and illustrations by Christian Robinson
  • Little Feminist Leaders text by Emily Kleinman and illustrations by Lydia Ortiz
  • The Family Book & The Peace Book by Todd Parr
  • My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero and illustrations by Zeke Peña
  • Peter’s Chair & The Snowy Day by Jack Ezra Keats
  • Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev and Taeeun Yoo
  • The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad & S. K. Ali and illustrated by Hatem Aly 
  • The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible created by Joanna Rivard & Tim Penner
  • The World Needs More Purple People by Kristen Bell & Benjamin Hart and illustrations by Daniel Wiseman
  • What If Zebras Lost Their Stripes by John Reitano and William Haines

Children’s Books Written by Black Authors

  • God’s Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams
  • Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry and illustrated by Vashti Harrison
  • Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
  • Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o and illustrated by Vashti Harrison
  • The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by Rafael Lopez
  • The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler and illustrations by David Lee Csicsko

Here are some additional book lists on this topic:

Online Parent/Guardian Resources

Videos to watch (for parents and kids)

Places/Ways to Support St. Louis


If you have any questions about the items posted above please feel free to reach out to Chessey Brenton, Director of Children and Family Ministries or Nick Reinhardt-Swierk, Director of Young Adult & Social Justice Ministries. Nick is another great resource and sounding board!


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