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Difficult conversations are happening in homes all over our country about racism, anti-racism, privilege, and systemic injustice. And while many Americans reject discrimination in any form, attitudes or stereotypes embedded in our minds affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner, which can lead to discrimination against people who are not members of one's own racial group. For this reason, these conversations are important for adults as well as teens, tweens and younger children (research has shown that children as young as six months notice race ! ).

There are many resources available that can help parents/caregivers begin conversing with children about racism, anti-racism, privilege, and systemic injustice. With that in mind, we have compiled ebooks, audiobooks, and videos from our eLibrary; materials from the library that you can place on hold with your Library Card for curbside pick-up; and other relevant resources published online. We created a new webpage to assist people of all ages seeking answers to questions about systemic injustice, which includes lists of antiracist children's, tween & teen, and adult materials, as well as a separate list of antiracist movies . Our list is not short, but there is still much more to explore in our both our eLibrary and catalog .
Additionally, we will be hosting a Family Book Discussion : New Kid by Jerry Craft on Thursday, August 13 at 7 pm*.

New Kid is an award winning graphic novel about Jordan Banks, a cartoon drawing 7th grader who would rather attend the art school of his dreams than the prestigious private school for academics where he is one of the few kids of color in his entire school. Jordan is torn between his neighborhood of Washington Heights and the Riverdale Academy Day School. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?
Participants can pick up a copy of New Kid for their home library to keep from the Greenburgh Public Library starting Tuesday, July 14 during curbside pick-up hours while supplies last or download as an ebook through Hoopla to get started today!.

*This program is recommended for rising 5th graders and up and their families. Registration required.
eBooks & Audiobooks
by Dani McClain
eBook and audiobook
Black women are more likely to die during pregnancy or birth than any other race; black mothers must stand before television cameras telling the world that their slain children were human beings. What, then, is the best way to keep fear at bay and raise a child so she lives with dignity and joy?

by George Yancy
A collection of original essays, letters, and poems that addresses both the deep joys and the very real challenges of raising black boys today. From Trayvon Martin to Tamir Rice, the list of young black men who have suffered racial violence continues to grow. Young black people also deal with profound stereotypes and structural barriers. And yet, young black men are often paradoxically revered as icons of cultural cool.
Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey
Talking about race means naming the reality of white privilege and hierarchy. How do we talk about race honestly, then, without making our children feel bad about being white? Most importantly, how do we do any of this in age-appropriate ways?

Just for Kids
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it's how you look or talk, or where you're from; maybe it's what you eat, or something just as random. It's not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it.

A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for.
Almost 10 years before Brown vs. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez and her parents helped end school segregation in California.
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
Zuri's hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it's beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he'll do anything to make her — and her hair — happy.

  • Watch the Oscar winning short film version of the book Hair Love.
Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o
Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything.
With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It's the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it's her older sister Asiya's first day of hijab—a hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong.
The leaders in this book may be little, but they all did something big and amazing, inspiring generations to come.
Tweens and Teens
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
eBook & audiobook
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely
eBook & audiobook
Two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.

Blended by Sharon M. Draper
eBook & audiobook
What does it mean to be half white or half black? To belong to half mom and half dad? And if you're only seen as half of this and half of that, how can you ever feel whole?

Dear Martin by Nic Stone
eBook & audiobook
Justyce McAllister is a good kid, an honor student, and always there to help a friend—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs.
 by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds 
This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.

This is the true story of activist and actress Diane Guerrero. One day, while she was at school, her undocumented immigrant parents were taken from their home, detained, and deported. Guerrero's life, which had been full of the support of a loving family, was turned upside down.
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks boarded a Montgomery, Alabama city bus and refused to give up her seat to a white man, an act that ignited a movement that changed modern history.

Winner of an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children's Program, I CAN BE PRESIDENT is an animated documentary featuring a diverse group of children who share candid, even profound thoughts on subjects such as ethics, civics, diversity, war, leadership, and becoming an adult.

This film documents the increasingly common conversation taking place in homes across the country between parents of color and their children, especially sons, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police.
The Hate U Give Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Kim & Reggie Harris

Antiracist Materials for Curbside Pick-Up at GPL

More Online
Racial Stress and Self Care: Parent Tip Tool American Psychological Association

Anti-Racist Resources: For Families, Educators, and Students At-home, family education from WNet Education, NY Public Media

The Conscious Kid - an education, research and policy organization dedicated to reducing bias and promoting positive identity development in youth