25+ Diverse Books for Anti-Racist Educators

This month the MAR Education Advocacy Team put together a list of 25+ books (we got a bit carried away with the picture books) for Anti-racist Educators to use in their classrooms and homes.

15 of the 25 book covers from the list on a red background

MAR Recommends: 25+ Books for anti-racist educators.

Delightfully, we had a very difficult time narrowing down our recommended reads list this month. Everyday more and more great books are gifted to us by BIPOC authors to use in our antiracism education. We tried to balance our list with some "classics" as well as some titles you may not have heard about before. Either way, it was HARD to keep it to just 25 books. You will see how that worked out for us when you get to picture books.

So here is a list of 25+ books, ranging in ages, subjects, and experiences, you can use at home or in your classroom as an anti-racist educator.

Happy reading!


Board Books, Babies, Preschool

Antiracist baby By Ibram X. Kendi

This joyously illustrated board book shows babies having fun in a world where all differences are celebrated and offers simple but meaningful steps to raise anti-racist kids. It keeps the focus on the babies themselves, showing how Antiracist Baby acts. On pages showing babies of many skin colors happily playing together on a big blanket, it says, "Anticracist Baby doesn't see certain / groups as 'better' or 'worse.' / Antiracist Baby loves a world that's truly diverse." On pages showing four babies, each one lovingly held close by their diverse parents, the text reads, "Even though races are not treated the same, / 'We are all human!' Antiracist Baby can proclaim!" Antiracist Baby is aimed more at parents than their very young children, but babies and toddlers will still enjoy the vibrant illustrations and the thoughtful message to celebrate all differences. The final step in the list offers both a challenge and a hope: "Believe we can overcome racism." - Commonsense Media

Learning My Rights with Mousewoman By Morgan Asoyuf

Learning My Rights with Mousewoman is a board book that needs to be revisited many times in order to unpack the fullness of what is embedded within these rights, with just one example being, “This is my body. I have the right to safe touch.” Though Asoyuf ‘s words may resonate first with Northwest Coast Indigenous cultures because of her illustration style, settler readers may be prompted to action when they share the book with their young children and read, for example, “I have the right to healthy food and clean water”, and recall the ongoing boil water advisories on so many First Nations reserves. - Canadian Review of Materials

I am Proud of Me By Margaret Manuel

From the author of the bestselling I See Me comes a new book which follows the life of the same child now older and learning to be proud of his culture, language and what makes him special. I Am Proud shares a powerful message of being proud of who you are, your culture, language and all those things that make you, you. - Goodreads

We All Count (A Book of Ojibway numbers) by Jason Adair

We All Count: Book of Ojibway Art is the 2013 board book from Native Northwest featuring the Woodland style art of Jason Adair. In this basic counting book from 1 to 10, the Ojibwe author has created an engaging board book that features the numbers in Ojibwe and English. Each colour illustration highlights a colour and a counting experience along with pronunciation guide for the Ojibwe numbers. The artist adds a note on the book's back cover about learning to count and the importance of each child being counted as one of a larger community and how as children we learn to count, and read to be counted. An excellent introduction to counting to ten in Ojibwe and English using authentic Ojibwe design. Highly recommended. - Kinder Books

Woke Baby by Mahogany L. Browne