African Families In The UK

The vision of AFiUK is to equip the African Family in the UK to take its rightful place as fruitful members of the society, and to make the most of the available opportunities in their adoptedcountry without adversely affecting the strong family and community networks that Africans are known for.

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EmbraceRace was founded in early 2016 by two parents (one Black, the other multiracial Black/White) who set out to create the community and gather the resources they needed (need!) to meet the challenges they face raising children in a world where race matters.

Since that time, EmbraceRace has grown into a multiracial community of parents, teachers, experts, and other caring adults who support each other to meet the challenges that race poses to our children, families, and communities.


A Parent's Guide to Black Lives Matter

Yoopies is an online childcare booking service. As part of their website, they have put together resources, activities, and tips for families to empower children to work towards racial equality and inspire healthy, open, and honest discussion.

BOOKS for parents

Representation matters.

According the The Bookseller, 32% of UK pupils are of minority ethnic origin.

Only 4% of children’s books published in the UK last year featured a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic character.

This beautiful collection of books gives anyone involved in a child’s life the tools to challenge racism from an early age.

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A Kids Book About Racism

A clear explanation of what racism is and how to know when you see it. 

For Ages 5+

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A is for Activist

Innosanto Nagara

A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for.

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All the Colors We Are/Todos Los Colores de Nuestra Piel

Katie Kissinger

All the Colors We Are/Todos los Colores de Nuestra Piel captures the essence of one way we are special and different from one another - skin colour! We are all shades of brown and tan, and this engaging book explains how all the colours we are come from our ancestors, the sun, and the pigment melanin. This twentieth anniversary edition features all new colourful photographs that showcase the beautiful diversity of skin colour.

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Black is a Rainbow Color

Angela Joy and Ekua Holmes

Red is a rainbow colour. Green sits next to blue. Yellow, orange, violet, indigo, They are rainbow colours, too, but My color is black . . . And there's no BLACK in rainbows. From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a colour to simply describe some of our favourite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

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Chocolate Me!

Taye Diggs and Shane W. Evans

Taye Diggs and Shane W. Evans collaborate on Chocolate Me!, a book based on experiences of feeling different and trying to fit in as kids.Both men are fathers and see more than ever the need for a picture book that encourages all people, especially kids, to love themselves.

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Don't Touch My Hair!

Sharee Miller

Author-illustrator Sharee Miller takes the tradition of appreciation of black hair to a fresh, commercial level, as she doesn't seek to convince or remind young readers that their curls are beautiful - she simply acknowledges black beauty while telling a fun, imaginative story.

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Rita Hubbard and John Holyfield

The inspirational story of William Bill Lewis, a hardworking blacksmith who slowly saved his money and bought the freedom of each and every member of his enslaved family.

Born into slavery in Chattanooga, Tennessee, William Bill Lewis learned the blacksmith trade as soon as he was old enough to grip a hammer. He proved to be an exceptional blacksmith and earned so much money fixing old tools and creating new ones that he was allowed to keep a little money for himself. With just a few coins in his pocket, Bill set a daring plan in motion: he was determined to free his family.

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Hands Up!

Breanna J. McDaniel and Shane W. Evans

A young black girl lifts her baby hands up to greet the sun, reaches her hands up for a book on a high shelf, and raises her hands up in praise at a church service. She stretches her hands up high like a plane's wings and whizzes down a hill so fast on her bike with her hands way up.

As she grows, she lives through everyday moments of joy, love, and sadness. And when she gets a little older, she joins together with her family and her community in a protest march, where they lift their hands up together in resistance and strength.


How Mamas Love Their Babies

Juniper Fitzgerald and Elise Peterson

Illustrating the myriad ways that mothers provide for their children - piloting airplanes, washing floors, or dancing at a strip club - this book is the first to depict a sex-worker parent in a positive light by introducing the idea of bodily labour.

We're reminded that, while every mama's work looks different, every mama works to make their baby's world better.

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Let’s Talk About Race

Julius Lester and Karen Barbour

In this acclaimed book, the author of the Newbery Honor Book To Be a Slave shares his own story as he explores what makes each of us special. A strong choice for sharing at home or in the classroom.

Karen Barbour's dramatic, vibrant paintings speak to the heart of Lester's unique vision, truly a celebration of all of us.

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I Am Enough

Grace Byers and Keturah A. Bobo

This gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another comes from Empire actor and activist Grace Byers and talented newcomer artist Keturah A. Bobo.


Not My Idea

Anastasia Higginbotham

An honest explanation about how power and privilege factor into the lives of white children, at the expense of other groups, and how they can help seek justice. —The New York Times

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Separate Is Never Equal

Duncan Tonatiuh

Almost 10 years before Brown vs. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez and her parents helped end school segregation in California. An American citizen of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage who spoke and wrote perfect English, Mendez was denied enrollment to a “Whites only” school. Her parents took action by organizing the Hispanic community and filing a lawsuit in federal district court. Their success eventually brought an end to the era of segregated education in California.


Something Happened In Our Town

Ann Hazzard and Jennifer Zivoin

Emma and Josh heard that something happened in their town. A black man was shot by the police. "Why did the police shoot that man?" "Can police go to jail?" Something Happened in Our Town follows two families - one white, one black - as they discuss a police shooting of a black man in their community. The story aims to answer children's questions about such traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives. Includes an extensive Note to Parents and Caregivers with guidelines for discussing race and racism with children, child-friendly definitions, and sample dialogues. 

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The Colours of Us

Karen Katz

A positive and affirming look at skin color, from an artist's perspective.

Seven-year-old Lena is going to paint a picture of herself. She wants to use brown paint for her skin. But when she and her mother take a walk through the neighborhood, Lena learns that brown comes in many different shades.

Through the eyes of a little girl who begins to see her familiar world in a new way, this book celebrates the differences and similarities that connect all people.


The Skin You Live In

Michael Tyler and David Lee Csicsko

With the ease and simplicity of a nursery rhyme, this lively story delivers an important message of social acceptance to young readers. Themes associated with child development and social harmony, such as friendship, acceptance, self-esteem, and diversity are promoted in simple and straightforward prose. This delightful picturebook offers a wonderful venue through which parents and teachers can discuss important social concepts with their children.

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When a Bully is President

Maya Gonzalez

Self-Care for Kids! A children's book to talk about current and historical oppression and bullying in the United States while focusing on the important role kids can play using creativity and self love as a base to develop strength during difficult times.

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Mahogany L. Browne and Theodore Taylor III

Woke babies are up early. Woke babies raise their fists in the air. Woke babies cry out for justice. Woke babies grow up to change the world. This lyrical and empowering book is both a celebration of what it means to be a baby and what it means to be woke. With bright, playful art, Woke Baby is an anthem of hope in a world where the only limit to a skyscraper is more blue.