Discussing Race with Elementary School Students

How Do I Talk to My Child About Racism?

The BCPS Office of School Counseling has provided parents and teachers with resources to aid in talking to children about racism, protests, and violence as these topics relate to current events unfolding on the news and in our communities.


BCPS Office of School Counseling Family Resources:
Talking to Children & Teens about Racialized Incidents

How to Talk to Your Children About Race Relations in America

How to Talk to Your Children About Protests and Racism

Talking to Kids About Race

Talking to Children About Violence

How to Talk to Kids About Racism, Protests, and Injustice

George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor:
What Do We Tell Our Children?

Talking with Students  About Racism, Police Brutality, and Protests

Helping Children Cope with Frightening News

Teaching Tolerance: Lesson Plans

Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race

Your 5-Year-Old Is Already Racially Biased: Here's What You Can Do About It

Talking to Kids About Racism and Justice:
A List for Parents, Caregivers, and Educators

Coretta Scott King Book Award-Winners

Embrace Race:
31 Children's Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance

Books About Racism and Social Justice

Looking at Skin Color with Books and Activities

Videos (can be found on YouTube)

  • Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story of Racial Injustice
    • By: Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard
  • I Am Enough
    • By: Grace Byers
  • Hair Love
    • By: Matthew Cherry
  • Not Quite Snow White
    • By: Ashley Franklin