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 Tolerancehttp://www.tolerance.org/classroom-resources
  2. National Education Associationhttp://www.nea.org/home/12969.htm
  3. RaceBridges for Schoolshttp://racebridgesforschools.com/wp/
  4. Diversity Councilhttp://www.diversitycouncil.org/midActivities.shtml
  5. Multicultural Pavilionhttp://www.edchange.org/multicultural/
  6. Scholastic Teaching Diversity Resourceshttp://teacher.scholastic.com/professional/teachdive/
  7. Education World-Diversity in Educationhttp://www.educationworld.com/a_diversity/
  8. Teacher Visionhttp://www.teachervision.fen.com/diversity/teacher-resources/33631.html
  9. Teaching for Changehttp://www.teachingforchange.org
  10. Zinn Education Projecthttp://zinnedproject.org

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

8 thoughts on “10 Great Resources for Teaching About Racism”

  1. 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. 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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