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Book Recommendations

Guest Contributor

Farzana Saleem, PhD

Below are a few examples of books for children and adolescents focused on facilitating a conversation between African American parents and children regarding race, racial discrimination, and managing racial stress and trauma.

Preschool and Elementary

Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children by Sandra L. Pinkney

Picture book celebrating the beauty of African-American children in their skin, hair and eye colors.

Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins and Ann Hazzard

Describes a traumatic event, a police shooting, from the perspective of a White family and an African American family.

Middle School

Momma Did you Hear the News by Sanya Whittaker Gragg