Reading Lists: Grades K-5

Talking to kids explicitly about race is challenging for many adults, especially white adults, who may be entirely new to this conversation. But research shows it's the best way to raise antiracist kids. The good news is that books can provide the language and pictures to help guide these very important conversations. Here are some of my favorites.

Picture book biographies, stories, and early nonfiction recommendations on women in science and technology fields.

Picture books showing characters disrupting stereotypical gender binary roles, showing boys exhibiting emotional literacy, featuring female animals not coded with stereotypical clothing or behavior, and characters in jobs outside stereotypical gender roles.

Books that talk about and include characters who live with a chronic condition. Not an exhaustive list, but does include arthritis, asthma, cancer, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, and multiple sclerosis

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