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Anti-Racism Books, Games, and Toys for Kids

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Show, share, converse, act. When it comes to raising ’em right, we must do everything possible to teach our kids to be proactively anti-racist and pro-inclusivity. What we bring into our homes matter.

 

Ages 1-4:

1. Antiracist Baby (Age 3 months – 3 years)

 

AntiRacistBaby cover

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2. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes (Ages 1-4)

 

 

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes Cover

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3. Dream Big Little One (Ages 2-4) 

The leaders in this book may be little, but they all did something big and amazing, inspiring generations to come.

 

Dream Big, Little One cover

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Ages 3-5:

 

1. A is for Activist (Ages 3-5) 

This engaging little book carries huge messages as it inspires hope for the future, and calls children to action while teaching them a love for books.

 

A is for activist cover

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2. The Snowy Day (Ages 3-5)

 

The Snowy Day cover

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Ages 4-8:

 

1. Let’s Talk About Race (Ages 4-8) 

In this acclaimed book, the author of the Newbery Honor Book To Be a Slave shares his own story as he explores what makes each of us special. A strong choice for sharing at home or in the classroom.

 

Lets Talk About Race Cover

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2. The Color of Us (Ages 4-8)

Seven-year-old Lena is going to paint a picture of herself. She wants to use brown paint for her skin. But when she and her mother take a walk through the neighborhood, Lena learns that brown comes in many different shades.

 

The Color of Us cover

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3. The Skin I’m In (Ages 4-8) 

“Racial discrimination is cruel– and especially so to younger children. This title encourages kids to accept and be comfortable with differences of skin color and other racial characteristics among their friends and in themselves.” – AbeBooks

 

The Skin I'm In cover

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Ages 5-9:

 

1. Each Kindness (Ages 5-8) 

When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong by making fun of new student Maya’s shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.

 

Each Kindness Cover

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2. The Youngest Marcher (Ages 5-8)

Meet the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963, in this moving picture book that proves you’re never too little to make a difference.

 

The Youngest Marcher cover

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3. Lilians Right to Vote (Ages 5-9)

An elderly African American woman, en route to vote, remembers her family’s tumultuous voting history in this picture book publishing in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

 

Lillians Right To Vote Cover

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Games and Toys For Kids:

 

1. Multicultural crayons

 

Multicultural crayola crayons

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2. “She Persisted” Puzzle

 

She Persisted Puzzle Black Toy Store

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3. Queens of Africa: Wuraola Doll with mini book

 

Queen of Africa: Wuraola Doll with mini book

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4. Girl President 54 Piece Puzzle

 

Girl President 54 Piece Puzzle

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5. DC Comics Multiverse Superman

 

DC Comics Multiverse Superman

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6. Bed Head Betty Career Game (basically Old Maid but with careers on the cards)

 

Bed Head Betty Card Game

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7. Paper Dolls

 

Paper Dolls kidochicago

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8. People Colors Crayon Pack 

 

People Colors Crayons

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9. Sugarfoot rag dolls

 

Sugarfoot rag dolls

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10. Pattycake dolls

 

Pattycake dolls

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