Race, Racism, Bias, and Privilege in America

Social Justice Learning: early childhood

Today's Lesson: Race, Racism, Bias, and Privilege in America

There is no place for racism in our society. We must work together as a community to ensure we no longer demonstrate, teach, or tolerate it. While these conversations can be complex, and often we don’t know where to begin, we believe beginning with our littlest ones can have the most long-term impact, both individually and as a society. We hope you will find the resources below helpful in finding a good jumping off point when it comes to talking to children about race and racism in America. Click here to return to the main page

Learning Levels

Early Childhood Adolescent Adult


13 Children’s Books About Race and Diversity


Children’s books are one of the most effective tools to engage with young children on important issues. To encourage conversations about race, and diversity with your children, check out this list of books to read together as a family.


Examples include:

  • Sulwe, a Coretta Scott King award-winning picture book about self-esteem and beauty within. It’s a whimsical and heartwarming story about a little girl who learns to embrace her unique self.
  • Hair Love, a sweet story about a little girl with beautiful hair. When her dad has to help style it for a special occasion, he has a lot to learn, but is ready for the challenge since he loves his daughter so much.
  • I Believe I Can, a gorgeously illustrated book that lets all kids know, no matter their background, they can love and believe in themselves.




Sesame Street: I Love My Hair!

African-Americans are often ridiculed for their natural hair texture. It is important to teach little ones just because someone is different, doesn’t mean that’s a bad thing. In fact, that’s what makes us all great! This catchy tune is all about loving your natural hair, and Segi learns to embrace the hair she's got! Whether it's in a clip or nothing at all, she loves her hair as it is! This video encourages self-pride and embracing our differences.


Molly of Denali Podcast

One way we can help children understand race is by exploring different cultures. The Molly of Denali podcast is an extension of the hit PBS KIDS series and follows Molly Mabray, an Alaska Native girl, growing up with her parents, her dog Suki, and friends Tooey and Trini. Molly and the gang help us discover what life is like for a typical kid on big adventures in Alaska!