Our KIDLY community and Parent Testers have sent us so many wonderful suggestions for reading and research about race, injustice and diversity. Please keep them coming.
Suggestions for babies & toddlers
The AntiRacist Baby - introduces the youngest readers and the grown-ups in their lives to the concept and power of antiracism.
Ezra Jack Keats’s books about Peter - The Snowy Day, A Letter to Amy, Hi, Cat! and Whistle for Willie.
I Am So Brave! - celebrates the feats of growing out of toddlerhood with courage and success.
It’s Okay To Be Different - acceptance, understanding and confidence in an accessible, child-friendly format, featuring Todd Parr's trademark bold, bright colours and silly scenes.
Little People Big Dreams: Rosa Parks - discover the incredible life of Rosa Parks, the "Mother of the Freedom Movement".
Please, Baby, Please - filmmaker Spike Lee and his wife, producer Tonya Lewis Lee, present a behind-the-scenes look at the chills, spills and thrills of parenting.
Raising Little Allies-To-Be - an incomplete guide for parents and caregivers to begin conversations about race, privilege, bias, riots, activism, social injustice, diversity and inclusivity. You can download a copy for free.
Round Is A Mooncake - this is a musical video based on the children's book, Round Is a Mooncake, written by Roseanne Thong and illustrated by Grace Lin.
Sesame Street: I Love My Hair - it has to be said: there's so much good stuff on Sesame Street in general.
WokeBabies UK - a monthly subscription service of books and activities for babies through to school age that sends you a very cool T-shirt with your first box.
Suggestions for 2-5s
All Are Welcome - lets young children know that no matter what, they have a place, they have a space, and they are welcome in their school.
An ABC Of Equality - p_eople from a range of backgrounds, ethnicities and abilities lead the way through the alphabet: N is for No: No means no. P is for Privilege: Be aware of your advantages. X is for Xenophobia, etc.
Book Love - an online book store on a mission to challenge the stark lack of culturally inclusive representation.
Children Of The World - a thought-provoking celebration of both the big ideas and the everyday moments that reveal our common humanity.
The Girls - a winning celebration of difference, individuality and friendship that lasts a lifetime.
Hair Love - an ode to loving your natural hair and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere.
I Am Human: A Book Of Empathy - a celebration of empathy and compassion that encourages children to see themselves as part of one big imperfect family of billions.
Julian is a Mermaid – Julian's Nana is the parental figure we all need in our lives... calm, accepting, enabling and Julian is completely and totally a mermaid - perfect!
Last Stop On Market Street - a beautifully illustrated, emotive picture book explores urban life with honesty, interest and gratitude.
Later - a tender look at Afro-Caribbean family life from Formy Books, an independent self-publisher.
Life Doesn’t Frighten Me - Maya Angelou's brave, defiant poem celebrates the courage within each of us, young and old.
Literally - a fascinating introduction to the rich history and cultural diversity of the English language and words: karaoke (Japanese); zero (Arabic); guru (Sanskrit); ukulele (Hawaiian); royalty (Norman French); companion (Latin); kookaburra (Wradjuri); mummy (Persian); safari (Swahili).
Look Up – introduces the lovable Rocket, a space-obsessed girl who wants everybody to be as excited as her about an impending meteor shower.
Malala’s Magic Pencil – a beautifully illustrated picture book telling Malala Yousafzai's story, in her own words, for a younger audience.
My Hair - dreads or a twist out? Braids or a high-top fade? Joyous and vibrant, this captures perfectly the excitement of getting ready for a celebration, from winners of the FAB Prize for undiscovered BAME writers and illustrators.
Once Upon A World Collection - offers a multicultural take on the fairy tales we all know and love.
The Proudest Blue - Faizah’s sister’s new hijab is blue as the sea and sky. But when people are nasty about it, will the sisters know how to be strong?
Ready, Steady, Mo – in this adventurous picture book, father of three Mo Farah, combines two lifelong passions - literacy and exercise.
Ruby’s Worry - a perfect book for discussing childhood worries and anxieties, no matter how big or small they may be.
Saturday - a mother and daughter on an up-and-down journey that reminds them of what’s best about Saturdays: precious time together.
Sulwe - 12 Years A Slave star Lupita Nyong'o's moving picture book about colourism, self-esteem and learning that true beauty comes from within.
This Is How We Do It - follows the lives of seven real kids from Japan, Uganda, Russia, Iran, Peru, India and Italy for a single day.
Welcome To Our World - learn all about what people in other countries eat, wear and play, From breakfasts to birthdays, cakes to clothes, hiccups to hellos.
You Matter - in which many different perspectives around the world are explored – from a pair of bird-watchers to the pigeons they’re feeding, from the hugest dinosaur to the tiniest fly.
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of A Young Civil Rights Activist - a moving true story picture book that proves you're never too little to make a difference.
Suggestions for older kids
Little Leaders: Bold Women In Black History - stories of both iconic and lesser-known female figures of black history - from nurse Mary Seacole, to politician Diane Abbott, mathematician Katherine Johnson and singer Shirley Bassey.
A Kids' Book About Racism - here, read aloud by the author.
Great sources on Insta
Last but not least, for parents and carers
Here's a whole page of anti-racism resources for adults.