After a year with a significant increase in Discrimination and harassment against Americans from Asia across the country have been particularly shocking in recent months, both in terms of frequency and violence from Attacks.
An effective way to fight racism is through education. Talking about prejudice with your children at a young age goes a long way in building empathy and acceptance, and books can be a great tool to mail out important news. These The list of 10 fiction, non-fiction, and comic books will help children of all backgrounds understand and combat this wave of anti-Asian hatred and bullying, and provide more context on American history of discrimination.
"My footprints" from Bao Phi; illustrated by Basia Tran
In this snow-covered but colorful picture book, little Thuy uses her imagination to recover from an incident at school with the help of her two mothers. Age 4 to 7.
"My name is Bilal" by Asma Mobin-Uddin; illustrated by Barbara Kiwak
Bilal tries to hide his Muslim identity in his new school while his sister Ayesha is harassed for wearing a headscarf. A book persuades Bilal to publicly accept his beliefs and gives him the courage to defy school bullies. Age 6 to 9.
"Inside Out & Back Again" by Thanhha Lai
This novel in verse spends a year with 10-year-old Ha and her family as they flee war-torn Saigon and start a new life in Alabama. Ha survives being bullied by classmates for her looks and limited English skills until she pushes back. 9 to 12 years.
"Count me in," by Varsha Bajaj
Karina and Chris have been neighbors for years, but their families never spoke to each other until Karina's Indian-American grandfather volunteered to teach Chris math. If the grandfather is attacked by a stranger while walking, the students work together to heal and overcome the hatred. 9 to 12 years.
"Fred Korematsu speaks" by Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi; illustrated by Yutaka Houlette
The story of civil rights activist Fred Korematsu is told in poems that record his experiences of racism as a child and his long struggle for justice. This biography contains passages on the country's history of discrimination, the impact on Japanese-Americans, and resources for young activists. 9 to 12 years.
"They called us enemy" by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, and Steven Scott; illustrated by Harmony Becker
In this graphic treatise, Star Trek actor and activist George Takei recounts his harrowing childhood and the traumatic experience of his family when he was uprooted from Los Angeles and sent to three World War II internment camps. From 12 years.
"From Whispers to Rally Screams: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Process That Fueled the Asian-American Movement" by Paula Yoo
In 1982, Vincent Chin was on his bachelorette party in a bar when an argument with two white men became fatal. Chin & # 39; s death and the slight criminal convictions of his killers sparked national protests and a federal trial. Yoos comprehensive report sheds new light on tragedy and its legacy. From 13 years.
"Shift," by Kiku Hughes
In this family-inspired science fiction story, teenage Kiku Hughes travels to the 1940s and finds herself in the same World War II internment camp as her grandmother. There Kiku is given a life-changing history lesson. From 12 years.
"Superman Crushes the Klan" by Gene Luen Yang, art by Gurihiru
Based on a 1946 Superman radio series, two metropolitan teenagers experience racism and attacks by the Ku Klux Klan when their family moves from Chinatown to the suburbs. From 12 years.
"Flamer" by Mike Curato
The Boy Scouts summer camp is terrified for teenage Aiden Navarro, who is bullied about his Filipino heritage while questioning his religion and sexuality. This graphic novel is a moving story about self-discovery and survival. 14 years and older.