Here to Help: Books about Racial Identity

By sharing stories together and having conversations about the books you read, you can help young children understand the world around them. Seeing diverse experiences represented in books helps children to explore their own identities and develop empathy for others.

These books for young children explore racial identity.

Not every book is available at all locations, but any title can be requested. The children’s librarian at your neighborhood library is also here to help, with suggestions for additional titles on topics of interest–or feel free to suggest some titles to us. New books are always being added to the collection. You can find more Here to Help booklists on different topics by clicking here.

Hey Black Child

A lyrical, empowering poem that celebrates black children and seeks to inspire all young ones to dream big and achieve their goals. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match

Marisol McDonald, a biracial, nonconformist, soccer-playing pirate-princess with brown skin and red hair, celebrates her uniqueness.

Mixed Me!

Told in rhyming text, Mike is a mixed-race boy, completely comfortable with his identity and his parents–and his wild, curly hair. You can also check out this title as eAudio on Hoopla.

Skin Again

This story about race and identity reveals that race matters, but only so much–it is what can be found beyond the skin that’s the most important treasure.


When five-year-old Sulwe’s classmates make fun of her dark skin, she tries lightening herself to no avail, but her encounter with a shooting star helps her understand there is beauty in every shade. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.