racial justice resources
it is important for parents and caretakers to learn about racial and social justice and becoming anti-racist.
Little Moments Count is committed to helping parents understand how structural racism impacts us all and helping to provide resources that assist families on their path to greater racial and social justice.
Here is a list of key resources put together by racial justice experts across different fields to help you learn more as a person and as a parent.
virtual sites and parent resources
Embrace Race – A national organization that creates resources for families, teachers and the community to help raise a generation of children that are thoughtful, informed and brave about race. Resources include articles, webinars, action guides, children’s books and stories.
Raising Race Conscious Children – A national organization to support parents and teachers who are trying to talk and race and diversity with young children. The goal of these conversations is to prepare young people to work toward racial justice.
National Museum of African American History and Culture Talking About Race Resources – National organization that provides tools and guidance to inspire peoples’ conversations and journeys in learning about race.
Teaching For Change – National organization that provides parent, caretaker and teacher social justice education resources and information on a variety of important social justice topics.
Twin Cities Public Television - How to have Tough Conversations about Racism with Kids
American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP): Talking to Kids about Racism Blog
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee – Pace Journal Article: Children Are Not Color Blind
Think Small Blog Article: Wake Up Everybody!
Huffpost Article: How Does Racism Survive an Education?
Star Tribune Article: Imagine You are a Black Teen in North Minneapolis
NY Times Article/Lesson Plans: Teaching Ideas and Resources to Help Students Make Sense of the George Floyd Protests
for adult research and longer articles
Sojourners Article: For Our White Friends Desiring to be Allies (linked pdf)
International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, Vol 3 (3) (2011) pp 54-7, Robin DiAngelo, Article: White Fragility (linked pdf)
curated kids’ and teen booklists
suggested children’s titles
Hennepin County Library Guide: Anti-racism: #BlackLivesMatter tools to talk about race for children
Hennepin County Library: MN Author List – Artika Renee Tyner
MN Writes & Reads Title Available: Amazing Africa - A to Z by Artika Renee Tyner and Monica Habia
Saint Paul Libraries Guide: Picture Books to Celebrate Blackness
Ramsey County Guide: Ramsey County Books List for Supporting Children (linked pdf)
Saint Paul Libraries Guide: Talking About Race with Young Children
Saint Paul Libraries Guide: Talking About Race With School-Age Children
Saint Paul Libraries Guide: Resources on Race: Picture Books and Easy Non-Fiction
suggested teen titles
Hennepin County Libraries Guide: Anti-racism: #BlackLivesMatter tools to talk about race for teens
Hennepin County Libraries Guide: Race, power and activism in America: Resources for children and teens
Hennepin County e-book full curated collection for children and teens
Saint Paul Libraries Guide: Talking With Children and Teens About Racism
book selection help (includes book lists)
book lists for adults
Hennepin County Library Selection: Me & White Supremacy
Business Insider Article: What It Really Means to Be an Anti-Racist, and Why it's Not the Same as Being an Ally
New York Times Magazine Article: American’s Enduring Caste System
MN Society of Certified Public Accountants Article: Embracing diversity, equity and inclusion in your office
mindfulness practices and mental well-being resources for families
California State University: San Marcos Racial Trauma, Resiliency and Ally Resources
For Families of Color: Family Care, Community Care and Self-Care Toolkit: Healing in the Face of Racial Trauma
articles for tweens and teens
Star Tribune Article: Imagine You are a Black Teen in North Minneapolis
NY Times Article: Civil Conversations for Teenagers, Forum #4 – Race, Gender and Identity
NY Times Article: Student Opinion: How Much Racism Do You face in Your Daily Life?
educational videos for parenting
The Atlantic Video: How to Talk to Children about Race
Common Sense Media Video: Helping Kids Process Violence, Trauma, and Race in a World of Nonstop News (CC language translations available on YouTube):
Common Sense Media Video: Parenting in Support of Black Lives: How to Build a Just Future (and How Media Can help (CC language translations available on YouTube):
educational videos for adults
Buzzfeed Video on What is Privilege? (Subtitles and languages available)
Emmanuel Acho Videos: Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man (Subtitles and languages available)
New York Times Video: A Conversation with Black Women on Race (Subtitles and languages available)
Rocky Mountain PBS Video: Institutional Racism – Standing in the Gap (Subtitles and languages available)
ActTv Video: Systemic Racism Explained (Subtitles and languages available)
children’s books storytime read aloud
Saint Paul Public Library Juneteenth Read Aloud with Tiana
Saint Paul Public Library Juneteenth Read Aloud with AJ
Saint Paul Public Library Juneteenth Read Aloud with Timothy
Jelani Memory Reads His Book: A Kid’s Book About Racism (Subtitles and languages available)
Kevin Carroll Reads His Book: A Kid’s Book About Belonging (Subtitles and languages available)
Shon’s Story Reads Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion, written by Alex T. Smith
Felisha Gayesi-Thames Reads Anansi the Spider, a Ghanese folk tale
Nikole Logan reads Corduroy, written by Don Freeman
Artika Tyner Reads Excerpt from My Name is Justice, written by Artika Tyner and discusses what’s in a name.
Artika Tyner Reads Amazing Africa: A to Z and discusses the book, written by Artika Tyner.
Alida Abdullah Reads Esther Bean the Queen of Self-esteem, written by Jacqueline Norwood-Hall
Alida Abdullah Reads Goodnight Moon, written by Margaret Wise Brown, and Ricky the Rock that Couldn’t Roll, written by Jason I. Miletsky
Jacqueline Norwood-Hall Reads Jester Mean Comes Clean, written by Jacqueline Norwood-Hall
Sankofa African American Children’s Stories Read Aloud videos YouTube Channel (Subtitles and languages available)
other videos for young children
Sesame Street Video: What is Racism?
Sesame Street Video: How to Be an Upstander to Racism Song (closed captioning and other languages available)
Sesame Street Video: I Love My Hair! Song (closed captioning and other languages available)
Sesame Street Video: The Color of Me Song (closed captioning and other languages available)
Sesame Street Video: The Color of Me (Mando’s Spanish Version – intro in English – song English and Spanish)
Children's Theater Company of Minnesota: Something Happened in Our Town
videos for tweens and teens
New York Times Video: A Conversation about Growing Up Black (Subtitles and languages available)
Kid President’s Video Guide to Making a New Friend (talks about different religions and disability) (Subtitles and Languages available)
KQED (Bay Area) Video: Teen Racial Justice Activist First Person Narrative Story (Subtitles and languages available)
Malala Fund Video: Malala Yousafzai and Teen Activists on Learning to Speak Out (Subtitles and languages available)
Buzzfeed Video: What is Privilege (Subtitles and languages available)
Buzzfeed Video: Students Learn a Powerful lesson About Privilege (subtitles and languages available)
radio and podcasts for adults
Early Risers Podcast: Bad Things Happen - Helping young children process racism and violence
Early Risers Podcast: Healing the Hurt - Helping children work through racialized conflict
Early Risers Podcast: When it comes to race, there is no such thing as "colorblind" - at home or in school
Early Risers Podcast: Where does racism come from?
Early Risers Podcast: Connecting children to indigenous cultures
MPR News with Angela Davis: Having 'the talk' with kids about race
MPR News with Kerri Miller: How to talk about racism with children
NPR Radio Show: Talking Race with Young Children
NPR Radio Show: How White Parents Can Talk To Their Kids About Race
The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos: Season 2 Episode 10: How To Be a Better Ally
Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
New York Times: Nice White Parents Podcast
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights: Pod for the Cause Podcast
Crooked Media: Pod Save the People Podcast
Seen On Radio: Seeing White Podcast
Unlocking Us with Brene Brown with Ibram X Kendi: How to Be an Antiracist
PBS Parent Guide: Talking to Young Children About Race and Racism
Children’s Community School Printable Infographic: They’re Not Too Young to Talk About Race
Denver Public Library: Tips for Talking with Kids About Race
Minnesota Children's Museum: Talking with Kids about Racism Tipsheet
virtual action kits
Embrace Race: 7 Ways to Support the Young Advocates in Your Life (English and Spanish)
Embrace Race: 16 Ways to Help Children Become Thoughtful, Informed and Brave About Race (English and Spanish)
Embrace Race: 8 Tips for Choosing “Good” Picture Books Featuring Diverse, BIPOC Characters (English and Spanish)
Embrace Race: 5 Things to Keep Colorism from Infecting Your Family (English and Spanish)
Embrace Race: 10 Tips for Teaching and Talking about Race (English and Spanish)
Embrace Race: Tips for Partnering with Other Families For Educational Justice (English and Spanish)
More Embrace Race Action Kits (all in English and Spanish)
little moments count racial justice consulting organizations