A Resource Guide to Being + Raising Inclusive, Kind, + Empathetic Citizens

If we’ve learned anything thus far in life, it is to never stop learning. Never stop learning how to do, to be, to feel, to think, to act, and to teach.

While it is vastly important for us as adults and parents to teach and guide our children to be kind, inclusive, respectful, and empathetic citizens, it is also incredibly important for us to take a look in the mirror and within to ensure we are inclusive, kind, respectful, and empathetic citizens.

This resource was compiled to help us help our children and ourselves to finds ways to educate, learn, listen, and grow as citizens of earth, brothers and sisters to all.

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29 Books and Activities That Teach Kindness to Children

5 Books That Teach Your Kids About Amazing Women in Black History

10 Picture Books with Main Characters of Color

A Mighty Girl Civil Rights Book List

A Mighty Girl African American History Book List

All The Colors Of The Earth by Sheila Hamanaka

All Are Welcome Here by Alexandra Penfold

Black Girl Magic Literary Magazine

Blended – Sharon Draper

Celebrate! Our Differences by Sophia Day & Megan Johnson

Children’s Books by Black Women

Children Around the World Paperback by Donata Montanari

Colorful Pages: Multicultural Books and Lessons for Every Student

The Conscious Kid Book subscriptions and reading list

Diverse Books

I am Human by Susan Verde

I See Things Differently: A First Look at Autism by Pat Thomas

Intersection Allies: We Make Room For All by Carolyn Choi and Chelsea Johnson

Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You 

Know Me for My Ability Not My Disability: Jack and George’s Story of Inclusion

Lovely by Jess Hong

Let The Sad Thoughts Out: A Picture Book to Help With Kids Mental Health by Chris Stead 

Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me – Maya Angelou

Little People, Big Dreams Series

Mixed: A Colorful Story by Arree Chung

No White Saviors: Kids Books About Black Women in US History

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham

Raising Luminaries: Igniting the Kind & Brilliant Leaders of Tomorrow (book collections)

Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

Suki’s Kimono by Chieri Uegaki & Stephane Jorisch

Tar Beach – Faith Ringgold

The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Weatherford

This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World by Matt Lamothe

Yes I Can!: A Girl and Her Wheelchair

We’re Different, We’re the Same By Bobbi Kates

What We Wear: Dressing Up Around the World by Maya Ajmera, Elise Hofer Derstine & Cynthia Pon

An Antiracist Reading List

Antagonist, Advocates, and Allies: The Wake-Up Call Guide for White Women Who Want to Become Allies with Black Women- Catrice Jackson

Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential–and Endangered

Black Feminist Thought – Patricia Hill Collins

Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings that Formed the Movement

(Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health

Heads Up: Changing Minds on Mental Health

How to be an Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter 

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness – Austin Channing Brown

Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson

No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America

The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill

The Life We Never Expected: Hopeful Reflections on the Challenges of Parenting Children with Special Needs

The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century – Grace Lee Boggs

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander

Redefining Realness – Janet Mock

Sister Outsider – Audre Lorde

So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – Robin Diangelo

White Awake: An Honest Look at What It Means to Be White by Daniel Hill and Brenda Salter McNeil

White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Sone – Tim Wise

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge

11 Fearless Black Women Your Kids Should Know

11 Ways for Teaching Kids to Be Inclusive of Others

13 Tips on How to Talk to Children About Diversity and Difference

13 Ways to Raise a Compassionate Child Online and Off

14 Little Ways to Encourage Kindness

3 Simple Ways to Teach Kids to Have Empathy For Others

40 Kindness Activities & Empathy Worksheets for Students and Adults

Don’t Let Your Kid be a Bully. 6 Ways to Teach Kindness.

Embrace Race: Let’s Raise a Generation of Children Who are Thoughtful, Informed, and Brave About Race

Empathy – a practice to connect across cultures

How to Teach Children About Disabilities and Inclusion

Key Strategies to Teach Children Empathy (Sorted by Age)

Preparing Young Children for the Inclusion of Children with Disabilities into the Classroom

Raising Race Conscious Children

Resources for Talking to Your Kids About Race

Teaching Your Kids About Diversity and Inclusion

The Relationship You Have With Yourself Defines the Relationship You Have With Your Child

Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup

Why It’s Important to Nurture Empathy in Kids

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is a government agency that protects equal access to schools, health services, and other areas.  OCR investigates complaints of discrimination based on race, color, national origin, disability, age sex, and religion. If you or your child experience discrimination from a government entity (such as a school) or health care provider, you can file a complaint and get assistance. For more information on OCR, what they do, and how to file a complaint, visit their webpage.


American Son


Dear White People


Freedom Writers

Good Trouble

If Beale Street Could Talk


Just Mercy

Malcolm X

See You Yesterday


The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

The Hate U Give

When They See Us