Resources About Racism and Bias for the Children’s Media Community

As makers, thinkers, and innovators, at CMA we believe that by learning and playing together, we strengthen ourselves, our community, and content for kids. Conversation, communication, and dialog is key to this, and we encourage our members to speak out against racism and promote understanding.

These resources can be a starting place for our community to educate and prepare themselves for doing the work of building conversation, communication, and dialogue within the children’s media community and with kids directly.

We see this as a living document, so please let us know if you have any feedback or suggestions! Our inbox is always open:


Talking Race With Young Children: Podcast episode via NPR

How To Talk To Your Kids About Race, Racism And Police Violence: Podcast episode via WBUR


Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race via Books for Littles

Here’s How W. Kamau Bell Talks About Race With His Kids via BuzzFeed News

100 Race-Conscious things you can say to your child to advance racial justice via

4 Things We Should All Teach Kids About Racism Right Now via Black Girl Dangerous

BOOKS (written for adults)

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey

We Got This. – Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be by Cornelius Minor

Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension by Sara K. Ahmed

Teaching for Black Lives: Black Students’ Minds and Bodies Are Under Attack. We’re Fighting Back. Edited by Dyan Watson, Jesse Hagopian, and Wayne Au

BOOKS (written for kids, ordered more or less by target age)

Whose Toes Are Those? by Jabari Asim

The ABCs of Diversity: Helping Kids (and Ourselves!) Embrace Our Differences by Carolyn B. Helsel, Y. Joy Harris-Smith

Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester

Lovely by Jess Hong

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by By Marianne Celano, PhD, ABPP, Marietta Collins, PhD, and Ann Hazzard, PhD, ABPP

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham

Resist: 35 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Up Against Tyranny and Injustice by Veronica Chambers

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

BOOK LISTS (written for kids)

No White Saviors: Kids Books About Black Women in US History

Five Iconic African-American Biographies for Kids


How To Be An Ally via Evelyn From the Internets

Bias Isn’t Just A Police Problem, It’s A Preschool Problem via NPR

A Conversation About Growing Up Black via The New York Times


Varied resources for teaching about race and ethnicity: via Teaching Tolerance

Talking About Race: Resources from the National Museum of African American History and Culture


Mimconnect (Minorities in Media Connect): Digital community dedicated to helping minorities build their careers

Thank you to The Children’s Community School in Philadelphia, Pretty Good, and The New York Times for information and resources included here.

Updated: June 5, 2020