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Diversity and Race

Martin Luther King Junior
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.  Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

With the help of Oakwood Schools staff and the Wright Memorial Public Library, we are developing a list of resources to help parents and students talk about diversity and racism.

Diverse Book Finder

Children's and Young Adult Books

If you're look for books for your child about diversity and race, here are recommendations from Oakwood Schools staff members and the Wright Memorial Public Library.  

Here's a read aloud from Oakwood Preschool Teacher Miss Rogers of the book "Say Something" by Peter Reynolds.

All Ages

2019 Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners - arranged by age, from preschool to young adult.  Awards are re given to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.

Children Need Diverse Books - Wright Memorial Public Library Children's Librarian Karen Mills helps parents build an inclusive bookshelves for their children

A Mighty Girl - a list of books on prejudice and discrimination that can be sorted by age and reading level

Elementary Reading Level
Children's book list


Young Adult/Teen Reading Level
Teen book list page 1
teen book list page 2
teen book list 3

Their Eyes Were Watching God -  for young adults.  The book, first published in 1937, has become the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.

Parent Resources

Here's a collection of blogs, podcasts, videos and a reading list for parents and educators looking for information on how to share information about diversity and race with children.