Resources for talking to children about race and racism

June 10, 2020

ITR supports caregivers, practitioners, and those who interact with children in a variety of settings in order to support children’s mental health and wellbeing.

As part of the renewed national dialogue on racial justice, historical trauma, and community violence sparked by the killing of George Floyd in ITR’s home city of Minneapolis, many are searching for the most effective and appropriate ways to talk to children about these topics.

Below are some high-quality resources, guides, and toolkits chosen by ITR faculty and staff on talking to children about issues of race and racism.

Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom: A Resource for Educators (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

Anti-Bias Resources (National Association for the Education of Young Children)

Books for kids to celebrate diversity and inspire change (Amazon Book Review)

Complex Trauma: In Urban African-American Children, Youth, and Families (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

How to talk to kids about racism and police violence (USA Today)

Podcast: Talking to Kids About Race (Dr. Riana Elyse Anderson)

Reading list: Talking about race with young children (Hennepin County Libraries)

RESilience: Uplifting Youth Through Healthy Communication About Race (American Psychological Association)

Resources for talking to children about race, racism, anti-racism, and white privilege (Dr. Katie Lingras)

Talking About Race for Parents or Caregivers (National Museum of African American History and Culture)

Talking to Children After Racial Incidents (Lion’s Story)

Talking with your Children about Islamophobia and Hate-Based Violence (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

The best Code Switch Podcast episodes for kids (NPR)

Townhall Addressing Racism (Sesame Street)

Understanding Community Violence (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)