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Dear LIE,

I’ve been collecting kids books with a wide variety of multicultural and anti-racist messages for years (both for my own son and for a class I teach to undergraduates that struggles with the question of how we should teach kids about race). I have found lots of great books documenting struggles for racial justice (among other themes). There are still a lot of gaps in my collection though.

One in particular seems particularly relevant now as my 9 year old white son said to me recently, “people whose ancestors came from Europe did a lot of really bad things. So we’re really bad. Does that mean I’m bad?” We had a wonderful conversation addressing this comment. But it made clear how few images of anti-racist whites the kids books in my collection had. So I’m wondering if anyone has a recommendation for kids’ books that show whites working as allies against racism alongside people of color (in any historical period).

Thanks,
Jennifer

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