In turbulent times, we realize it can be helpful to use literature as a way to discuss and explain difficult situations with your children. MPPL Youth Services staff have curated a collection of books and resources to assist you as you discuss events with the youngest members of your family.
Books @ MPPL
Anti-racist Books for Families
Anti-racist Books for Pre-K-K
Anti-racist Books for grades 2-4
Anti-racist Books for Tweens (4th-6th grade)
You can place holds on these items for parking lot pick up, or many of them are also available from Hoopla, Overdrive/Libby, and RBdigital.
Hoopla collection of Audiobooks, “Talking to Kids About Race”
These resources have been vetted by library staff, however, since they are outside sites, we are not responsible for the content.
Children’s Books We Use to Teach Young Kids to be Anti-racist
How White Parents Can Use Media to Raise Anti-Racist Kids
RESOURCES FOR TALKING ABOUT RACE, RACISM AND RACIALIZED VIOLENCE WITH KIDS
Becoming Upended: Teaching and Learning about Race and Racism with Young Children and Their Families
Racial Equity Tools: Children, Families, and Youth Development
Talking to Kids About Race
Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup
Anti-racism Resources for All Ages, curated by Dr. Nicole Cooke
Mike and Cara are inseparable. Mike is a one-eyed rescue mutt who has had encounters with coyotes. 12-year-old Cara Donovan sometimes feels friendless until she picks this rust colored mutt to adopt. When wildfires encroach on the family’s town they are forced to evacuate. In the chaos of leaving Mike is lost and the family was not able to search for him. Cara and her family are placed into a volunteer host family’s home. Cara meets Jewel but her friendship can’t stop her thinking about the friend she left behind. Cara and Jewel start searching for Mike and soon find out how dangerous wildfires can be. This heartwarming story of is one girl’s stressful journey to find a new definition of home.
Book reviewed by Rebecca R., Youth Collection Librarian
Missed our best books program back in November 2018? Youth Services staff created a great list of all the best children’s books at different reading levels.
Check it out here: Best Children’s Books of 2019 List