Resources for children on race

Join us in the fight to dismantle racism and start with your children. Your keiki are not too young to talk about race. Here are some useful resources to help educate your children early on.

Read HCAN’s commitment to anti-racism and racial justice here. If you have questions or suggestions, email us at [email protected].

Watch HCAN's Keiki Talk: "Ending Racism, Starting With Kids"

Children, even the youngest ones, are skilled at picking up the stereotypes and biases that surround them. At this Keiki Talk, you'll learn about the latest research into how kids develop racial and ethnic biases.

The presenter, Kristin Pauker, Ph.D., discussed the differences and similarities between children in Hawaiʻi and on the continental U.S. She also shared the research on creating inclusive environments that stop perpetuating these biases and stereotypes, with approaches not just on the individual level, but also on the systemic, policy level. We can create an antiracist Hawaiʻi—and it begins with our keiki.

Early Risers: A Podcast from Little Moments Count

George Floyd’s death was a tragedy and a wake up call — expanding a global conversation about race and racism. And young children have been watching it all. So how do we help them make sense of this? Early Risers is podcast from Little Moments Count and Minnesota Public Radio with frank facts, engaging stories and real how-tos for anyone who cares about raising children with a clear-eyed understanding of cultural differences, race and implicit bias.

Here is a resource by Sunshine Behavioral Health on mental health in the black community. This resource explains how racism causes mental health problems and the importance of culturally competent care. It also provides resources for mental health treatment in the black community, mental health providers and hotline numbers.
 Watch Nickelodeon's special hour-long presentation–Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special, hosted by global superstar Alicia Keys. The program will amplify the voices and experiences of Black children across the country amid current events.  The special will feature the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement answering questions from real kids, offer tools for families to have constructive conversations about race and inclusivity, and highlight teen activists who are fighting racial injustice. Watch here!

 Watch Sesame Street's "Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism" town hall here!

How to raise an anti-racist kid: NYT article that discusses ways to supplement your child's education in school with books, movies and more as conversation starters on race and to help raise a socially conscious anti-racist child. 

Black Lives Matter: Anti-Racism Resources for the Hawai‘i Community

Here is a working index of self-educating recommendations, support funds, and organizations to highlight with the Hawai‘i community in mind.


Resources for white parents to raise anti-racist children including books, podcasts, and articles to read. See the full list here.

Honolulu's da Shop: books + curiosities list of children books focusing on identity and local culture: 

  • Ordinary ‘Ohana by Lee Cataluna, illustrated by Cheyne Gallarde
  • Nae‘ole's Race to Save a King By Kekauleleanae'ole Kawai'ae'a, Illustrated by Aaron Kawai'ae'a
  • Hamakua Hero: A True Plantation Story (Graphic Novel, more of a YA audience) by Patsy Iwasaki, art by Berido
  • Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hajichi Tattoos written by Lee Tonouchi, Illustrated by Laura Kina

Anti-racism resource list for Hawai'i contributed by several organizations, guides, research both broad to the nation and Hawai'i specific. See the full list here.

Changes we can make to ensure we are breaking down racist beliefs and systems of white supremacy in our own classrooms. Read here.

30 books to help you talk to your kids about racism

10 tips for teaching and talking to kids about race.

Resources and tools regarding racism and anti-blackness and how to be a better ally. See all the resources here. 

Talking to children after racial incidents - advice from a clinical psychologist, Howard Stevenson. Read his advice here. 


100 race-conscious things you can say to your child to advance racial justice. Read here. 

Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race


NPR 20 minute podcast on talking race with young children. Listen here.

Becoming a Parent in the Age of Black Lives Matter


Instagram accounts that suggest great books with diverse protagonists are @hereweeread and @theconsciouskid.

NPR's 7 minute clip by 'Raising White Kids' author on how white parents can talk about race. Listen here. 

New York Times list of books that can help you explain racism and protest to your kids for ages 0-12+. See the list here.  

7 ways to highlight resistance efforts when discussing oppression with children by Embrace Race. See the guide here.


Racism and equality resources for families and children including podcasts, articles, town halls, and useful information by Children's Advocacy Alliance. Full list of resources here.

For a list of books for young children on race and identity, see this list by McCraken County Public Library.
Zero to Three's parenting resource on using your role as a parent to talk to your children aged two to five about the complex issues of racism and equality in age-appropriate ways. See the resource here.
You've realized your kids aren't too young to talk about race? Check out Pretty Good's resource guide that includes several books, tips, podcasts, articles, toys and more.
The Children's Community School social justice resource list for children with tips, information, perspectives and more. See the full list here.

Learning Resources: Social Justice and Anti-Racism in Policing




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