Starting Conversations: Books about race for children of all ages…

We hope you find this list useful. Please feel free to share this resource with anyone you may know who – like us – are committed to learning, and initiating these critical conversations in our homes with our children 🙏🏽

Ages 0-2

  • Woke Baby – by Mahogany L. Browne
  • Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes – by Mem Fox
  • A is for Activist – by Innosanto Nagara
  • The Youngest Marcher – by Cynthia Levinson
  • Hair – by Kate Bullen-Casanova
  • Kindness Makes Us Strong – by Sophie Beer
  • My World, Your World – by Melanie Walsh
  • My Island Home – by Neil Murray
  • A New Alphabet for Humanity – by Leesa McGregor

Ages 3-6

  • Ernie Dances to the Didgeridoo – by Alison Lester
  • Last Stop on Market Street – by Matt De La Pena
  • All Are Welcome – by Alexandra Penfold
  • Something Happened in Our Town – by Marianne Celano
  • Here We Are – by Oliver Jeffers
  • Whoever You Are – by Mem Fox
  • A Beautiful Girl – by Nikki Rogers
  • Our World is Cool – by Giulia Ferrari
  • Welcome to Country – by Aunty Joy Murphy
  • My Kind – by Eddie Betts
  • We Are All Equal – by P. Crumble
  • Blackfella Whitefella – by Neil Murray

Ages 7-14

  • Young Dark Emu – by Bruce Pascoe
  • They Took the Children – by David Hollinsworth
  • The Rabbits – by John Marsden and Shaun Tan
  • The Other Side – by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Let’s Talk About Race – by Julius Lester
  • We March – by Shane W Evans
  • Our Home, Our Heartbeat – Senator Briggs
  • My Place – by Sally Morgan
  • I’m Australian Too – by Mem Fox
  • Mirror – by Jeannie Baker
  • Fair Skin, Black Fella – by Renee Fogort

For the grown ups

  • Dark Emu – by Bruce Pascoe
  • White Fragility – by Robin DiAngelo
  • How to be Anti-Racist – by Ibram X Kendi
  • Me and White Supremacy – by Layla F Saad
  • Talking to my Country – by Stan Grant
  • The Bluest Eye – by Toni Morison
  • Minor Feelings – by Cathy Park Hong
  • White Tears, Brown Scars – by Ruby Hamad
  • Kindred – by Octavia Butler
  • There There – by Tommy Orange
  • Why I’m no longer Talking to White People About Race – by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? – by Beverley Daniel Tatum
  • Kill ‘Em and Leave – by James McBride
  • Plains of Promise – by Alexis Wright
  • Tell Me Why – by Archie Roach
  • Why Warriors Lie Down and Die – by Richard Trudgen
  • In The Time of Butterflies – by Julai Alvarez
  • I Know Why The Caged Birds Sing – by Maya Angelou
  • The House On Mango Street – by Sandra Cisneros

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