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Updated on Jun 5, 2020. Posted on Jun 3, 2020

A Teacher Tweeted Her Favorite Children's Books On Racism And It Went Viral

If you love a kid, these books are for them.

Brittany Smith, 27, is an inclusive pre-kindergarten teacher from New Jersey.

On Monday, Brittany tweeted a thread of great children's books that discuss race and racism, and it quickly went viral, with nearly 200,000 retweets.

Teacher in me had to do this.. CHILDREN’S BOOKS THAT DISCUSS RACE & RACISM THREAD:

Brittany told BuzzFeed, "I work with a diverse array of students from all backgrounds, and — as a black woman myself — I know the importance of representation and diversity within the classroom. Creating a welcoming and safe environment for all students means having representation, acknowledging and celebrating differences."

Brittany added, "Given today’s climate and our fight for justice, I want parents, teachers, grandparents, aunts/uncles, and anyone who regularly comes in contact with children to be aware there are resources that can help start the conversations of race and racism. There’s a misconception that they’re too young and don’t understand, but they do! They just don’t always have the tools to express it."

Here are the books Brittany recommended:

1. Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz

Atheneum Books

2. Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney

HMH Books

3. Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard

Magination Press

4. My Hair Is a Garden by Cozbi A. Cabrera

Albert Whitman & Company

5. Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

Abrams Books

6. Young Water Protectors: A Story About Standing Rock by Aslan Tudor and Kelly Tudor

Createaspace Independent

7. My Family Divided: One Girl's Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope by Diane Guerrero and Erica Moroz

Henry Holt and Co.

8. We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell

Charlesbridge

9. I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer

Second Story Press

10. Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford

Candlewick

11. Lailah's Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story by Reem Faruqi

Tilbury House Publishers

12. The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

Nancy Paulson Books

13. The Boy and the Wall by Amahl Bishara

Lajee Center

14. The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren

Kar-Ben Publishing

15. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford

Hyperion Book

16. When I Was Eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

Annick Press

17. Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin

Candlewick

18. Chocolate Milk, Por Favor: Celebrating Diversity with Empathy by Maria Dismondy

Cardinal Rules Press

19. Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford

Candlewick

20. When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson and Julie Flett

Highwater Press

21. Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story by Paula Yoo

Lee and Low

22. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Puffin

23. Maddi's Fridge by Lois Brandt

Flashlight Press

Brittany added, "These are not the only books available to us! There are so many others out there!" Many people added other terrific books — like Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry — in the replies.

this discusses our community and relationship with hair. Idk how I forgot to post this because I LOVE IT SO MUCH. Thank you to whoever added this in a comment, I can’t find your handle, I’m sorry! 😭

Do you have a favorite book for kids or teenagers that discusses race or racism that isn't mentioned here? Let us know in the comments!

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