This week marks a year since George Floyd was murdered by police officer Derek Chauvin in the US, and while the black squares on social media have largely disappeared, the problem of endemic racism has not.

 

From our own government's dismissal of institutional racism to this week's disgusting viral video of a young white woman abusing a Black pub bouncer (no, alcohol is never an excuse), it's abundantly clear that we still have a long way to go in eradicating prejudice in our communities.

 

For those of us who are white, doing the work is essential – and that includes ensuring we raise the next generation of allies too. But while talking about race with our kids can feel daunting, as Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race, told Today’s Parent back in 2018, "one of the most effective ways to fight implicit racial bias in young children is to not only allow them to see colour, but to also deliberately show them more of it.”

 

So, if your child is asking questions about race, is curious about the news, or is making observations about faces and bodies different to their own, here are the books that can help lead that discussion about diversity in a positive way.

 

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