Quarto Kids | 1 June 2020

What is racism? Why does it exist? What can you do to disrupt it? Learn about Black changemakers, the history of racism and resistance against it, and how you can use your anti-racist lens and voice to move the world toward equity and liberation. Browse some of our featured titles below and see our full Anti-Racist Edelweiss collection here.

Looking for more ways to dig deeper into anti-racism work? Take a look at supplemental resources for many of these books here.


This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work
By Tiffany Jewell
Illustrated by Aurélia Durand
Ages 11-15, Paperback


Gain a deeper understanding of your anti-racist self as you progress through 20 chapters that spark introspection, reveal the origins of racism that we are still experiencing, and give you the courage and power to undo it. Each chapter builds on the previous one as you learn more about yourself and racial oppression. Exercise prompts get you thinking and help you grow with the knowledge.


Race Cars: A children’s book about white privilege
By Jenny Devenny
Edited by Charnaie Gordon
Ages 6-9, Hardcover


Gain a deeper understanding of your anti-racist self as you progress through 20 chapters that spark introspection, reveal the origins of racism that we are still experiencing, and give you the courage and power to undo it. Each chapter builds on the previous one as you learn more about yourself and racial oppression. Exercise prompts get you thinking and help you grow with the knowledge.


Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present
By Jamia Wilson
Illustrated by Andrea Pippins
Ages 7-10, Hardcover


Meet 52 icons of color from the past and present in this celebration of inspirational achievement—a collection of stories about changemakers to encourage, inspire, and empower the next generation of changemakers. Jamia Wilson has carefully curated this range of black icons and the book is stylishly brought together by Andrea Pippins’ colorful and celebratory illustrations.


Baby Young, Gifted and Black: With a Mirror!
By Jamia Wilson
Illustrated by Andrea Pippins
Ages 0-3, Board Book


Meet icons of color from past and present in this baby board book celebration of inspirational achievement. A collection of positive, yet simple, affirmations to encourage the next generation. Highlighting the talent of Black leaders and changemakers from around the world, young dreamers will develop confidence, self-assurance, and self-belief.


The Power Book: What is it, Who Has it, and Why?
By Claire Saunders, Georgia Amson-Bradshaw, Minna Salami, Mik Scarlet, and Hazel Songhurst
Illustrated by Joelle Avelino
Foreword by Roxane Gay
Ages 7-11, Hardcover


What makes you the boss of me? Why can some people vote for their leaders, but other people can’t? Does having lots of money make you powerful? These are things that kids wonder about. The Power Book answers these and other questions in a relatable way for young people, including thought-provoking discussions on challenging topics, like war, bullying, racism, sexism, and homophobia. You will gain an understanding of your place in your family, your school, and the world, and will discover ways in which you can use your own power to shape the future. As you explore the many aspects of power, thinking points pose questions that spark self-reflection and quotes and stories from some of the greatest change-makers—such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafzai, and Stephen Hawking—provide historical context and inspiration. Find more opportunities for learning at the back with a glossary of terms and suggestions for further reading.


Rosa Parks (Little People, BIG DREAMS)
By Lisbeth Kaiser
Illustrated by Marta Antelo
Ages 4-7, Hardcover


Rosa Parks grew up in Alabama, where she learned to stand up for herself at an early age. Rosa went on to become a civil rights activist. In 1955, she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Her courageous decision had a huge impact on civil rights, eventually leading to the end of segregation on public transport. She never stopped working for equal rights. Babies and toddlers will love to snuggle as you read to them the engaging story of this fascinating icon, and will also enjoy exploring the stylish and quirky illustrations of this sturdy board book on their own.


An ABC of Equality
By Chana Ginelle Ewing
Illustrated by Paulina Morgan
Ages 0-5, Board Book


From A to Z, simple explanations accompanied by engaging artwork teach children about the world we live in and how to navigate our way through it. Each right-hand page includes a brightly decorated letter with the word it stands for and an encouraging slogan. On the left, a colorful illustration and bite-size text sum up the concept. Cheerful people from a range of backgrounds, ethnicities, and abilities lead the way through the alphabet.


Ella Queen of Jazz
By Helen Hancocks
Edited by Charnaie Gordon
Ages 4-8, Hardcover


Ella Fitzgerald sang the blues and she sang them good. Ella and her fellas were on the way up! It seemed like nothing could stop her, until the biggest club in town refused to let her play… and all because of her color. But when all hope seemed lost, little did Ella imagine that a Hollywood star would step in to help. This is the incredible true story of how a remarkable friendship between Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe was born – and how they worked together to overcome prejudice and adversity. An inspiring story, strikingly illustrated, about the unlikely friendship between two celebrated female icons of America’s golden age.


40 Inspiring Icons: Black Music Greats
By Olivier Cachin
Illustrated by Jérôme Masi
Ages 7-10, Hardcover


Meet the Godfather of Funk, the High Priestess of Soul, and the King of Reggae. Learn how Marvin Gaye shaped the sound of Motown, how N.W.A. redefined rap, and what made the Supremes, supreme. From Robert Johnson, who recorded one of the first examples of the blues in 1936, to rap superstar Drake, whose 2012 album Views spent 13 weeks at number one on the US Billboard 200, these are the 40 black artists to be listened to and learned about by all.


Speak Up!: Speeches by young people to empower and inspire
By Adora Svitak
Illustrated by Camila Pinheiro
Ages 10+, Hardcover


Speak Up! is a joyful celebration of 45 speeches by children and teenagers who have stood up for causes they passionately believe in and challenged adults in power to take note. This collection is testament to the hopefulness and spirit of the next generation, and the positive belief that we can, and should, act to protect the things we love. From ground-breaking scientific inventions to pleas for the environment, anti-war speeches to incredible testimony of lived experiences, the speeches collected here demonstrate the profound wisdom of youth and why it is important to speak up and out on what concerns us.


Harriet Tubman (Little People, BIG DREAMS)
By Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Illustrated by Pili Aguado
Ages 4-7, Hardcover


Little Harriet was born into slavery on a plantation in Maryland. Though life was hard, Harriet persisted. She used all of her strength and bravery to escape slavery and journey north on the Underground Railroad. Harriet made the dangerous mission back to the South many times, fighting her whole life to bring others with her to freedom. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the abolitionist’s life.


Step Into Your Power: 23 lessons on how to live your best life
By Jamia Wilson
Illustrated by Andrea Pippins
Ages 9-12, Hardcover


In this friendly guide, learn how to look after yourself, make good choices, get out of ruts, branch out, and ask for help. How do you overcome a setback? How do you cope when you or a family member gets sick? There’s self-care advice and activities on every page you can take and make your very own. Take this time to explore what it means to know and trust your insights and capabilities with stories, images, activities, resources and action prompts that you can interact with on your own time and, most importantly, on your terms.


Someday Is Now: Clara Luper and the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-ins
By Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Illustrated by Jade Johnson
Ages 6-9, Hardcover


As a child, Clara Luper saw how segregation affected her life. When she grew up, Clara led the movement to desegregate Oklahoma stores and restaurants that were closed to African Americans. With courage and conviction, she led young people to “do what had to be done.” Perfect for early elementary age kids in encouraging them to do what is right and stand up for what is right, even at great cost, this is a powerful story about the power of nonviolent activism.


Grandad Mandela
By Zindzi, Zazi and Ziwelene Mandela
Illustrated by Sean Qualls
Ages 4-7, Hardcover


Zazi and Ziwelene’s great-grandad is called Nelson Mandela. Once day, they ask their grandmother 15 questions about him and his life. As their conversation unfolds, Zazi and Ziwelene learn that Nelson Mandela was a freedom fighter, a President, and a Nobel Peace Prize–winner, and that they can carry on his work today.


Work It, Girl: Mae Jemison
By Caroline Moss
Illustrated by Sinem Erkas
Ages 8-12, Hardcover


In this imaginatively illustrated book from the Work It, Girl series, discover how Mae Jemison became the first African American woman in space in this true story of her life. Then, learn 10 key lessons from her work you can apply to your own life. When Mae Jemison was a little girl, she loved science, dancing, and dinosaurs. She watched the Apollo moon landings and wondered why none of the astronauts were women—and she just didn’t buy the answers she was given…


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