Topics of racism and prejudice have dominated the news lately, and you may be looking for ways to talk to your kids about these difficult issues. Books and literature can be powerful tools to spark conversation, build empathy, and promote transformation and change. Here is a list of some resources that are always available for you to check out from Hoopla – all you’ll need is your library card.
Conversations on Race is a curated collection of 60+ books for adults that includes Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad; It’s Time To Talk (And Listen), a book with tips on how to have conversations about polarizing topics; and Overcoming Bias: Building Authentic Relationships Across Differences by Tiffany Jana and Matthew Freeman. You can also check out Hoopla’s wider resources on the subject of discrimination.
Conversations on Race – a selection of 30+ books for teens. Your teen may also be interested in the nonfiction series Speak Up! Confronting Discrimination in your Daily Life.
Resources for kids about prejudice and racism (includes both fiction and nonfiction books). Lots of good resources including Challengin Stereotypes and Prejudices, which is part of the Active Citizenship Today series.
American Experience: Freedom Riders – A two-hour documentary about more than 400 black and white Americans who risked their lives in 1961 by traveling together on buses through the Deep South.
Black America since MLK: And Still I Rise – 2016 documentary about the last five decades of African American history.
February One – (documentary) On February 1, 1960, four college students changed American history. Ezell Blair, Jr., David Richmond, Franklin McCain and Joseph McNeil began a sit-in at a white only lunch counter in Greensboro. This act of bravery is noted as one of the vital moments in the American Civil Rights Movement.
King: Man of Peace in a Time of War – documentary featuring an interview with the late Dr. Martin Luther King
The Loving Story – a documentary about the struggles of an interracial couple during the Civil Rights era.
Olympic Pride, American Prejudice – 2016 documentary narrated by Blair Underwood. “In 1936, 18 African American athletes, dubbed the “black auxilary” by Hitler, participated in the Berlin Olympic Games, defying Nazi Aryan Supremacy and Jim Crow Racism, history forgot all except one. This is the story of the other 17.”
RFK in the Land of Apartheid – documentary featuring the little-known story of Senator Robert Kennedy’s influential June 1966 visit to South Africa during the worst years of Apartheid.