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Anissa L. Eddie

The book, Talking to Kids About Race: An Introductory Guide to Building Foundations for Racial Equity in Early Childhood, is a must-read for parents, caregivers, early childhood educators and anyone who interacts with young children. This book (TTKAR) not only explains why it is important to build foundations for racial equity in early childhood, but it also tells readers how to begin. The concept of race can be difficult for young children to understand. Still, research shows that talking to kids about race at an early age contributes positively to their identity development and their ability to establish anti-bias perspectives. The mix of developmental theory, practical tools, and experiential activities included in TTKAR will leave the reader feeling equipped to begin facilitating conversations with children that demystify race and promote inclusive mindsets. Piper Adonya's engaging illustrations bring the content to life and display a beautiful diversity of skin tones and physical features.


During the first year of life, children begin to develop preferences for their own racial group over others. To interrupt the development of these and other biases during infancy and toddlerhood, educators can use books to promote anti-racist and anti-bias thinking and behaviors in children, while also supporting children's emergent literacy. This article presents criteria for educators to consider as they curate a collection of developmentally appropriate books for infant/toddler classroom libraries. In doing so, educators can expose children to positive representations of others and cultivate respect for children and their communities. We offer practical information about how educators can use these books to promote anti-racist and anti-bias education during the first years of life.

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