10 Great Resources for Teaching About Racism

It’s been 59 years since Brown vs. Board of Education overturned the “separate but equal” doctrine in schools, but that doesn’t mean discrimination has disappeared from the classroom. Teaching children about race can be a tricky topic, but luckily, there are many great resources and books out there. Our new picture book,  As Fast As Words Could Fly, takes a unique look at school desegregation, following an African American family in North Carolina in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement. Based on the experiences of author Pamela Tuck’s father, it’s proof that just one young person could – and still can – make a big difference.

10 Resources for Teaching About Race

illustration by Eric Velasquez from As Fast As Words Could Fly

Below are 10 additional resources for teaching about race and diversity issues in the classroom:

  1. Teaching Tolerance-http://www.tolerance.org/classroom-resources
  2. National Education Association-http://www.nea.org/home/12969.htm
  3. RaceBridges for Schools-http://racebridgesforschools.com/wp/
  4. Diversity Council-http://www.diversitycouncil.org/midActivities.shtml
  5. Multicultural Pavilion-http://www.edchange.org/multicultural/
  6. Scholastic Teaching Diversity Resources-http://teacher.scholastic.com/professional/teachdive/
  7. Education World-Diversity in Education-http://www.educationworld.com/a_diversity/
  8. Teacher Vision-http://www.teachervision.fen.com/diversity/teacher-resources/33631.html
  9. Teaching for Change-http://www.teachingforchange.org
  10. Zinn Education Project-http://zinnedproject.org

If you have other favorite resources, please share them in the comments!


  1. Sherry York
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Sherry York’s books on authentic multicultural literature from Linworth Books/ABC-CLIO:

    1. Picture Books by Latino Writers

    2. Children’s and Young Adult Literature by Latino Writers

    3. Children’s and Young Adult Literature by Native Americans

    4. Ethnic Book Awards: A Directory of Multicultural Literature for Young Readers

    5. Booktalking Authentic Multicultural Literature: Fiction, History, and Memoirs for Teens

    6. Booktalking Authentic Multicultural Literature: Fiction and History for Young Readers

    Also available on Amazon.com and other on-line booksellers

  2. Hannah
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing, Sherry!

  3. Sherry York
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    I love to share, and what a worthy topic. :-)

  4. Posted June 13, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on HFS Library Online and commented:
    Lee and Low publish multicultural books For children. They recently posted 10 great resources for teaching about racism on their blog. They are worth a look.

  5. Posted June 13, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    I’m at the 2013 conference of the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums. It is gratifying to be stopped in the hall by tribal librarians who thank me for the work I do at American Indians in Children’s Literature.

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