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Racism: Children & Parents: Compassion

print, online and video resources for discussing racism and white supremacy culture; dismantling racism; and raising compassionate, loving children


Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources for developing children's compassion. Here you'll find:

  • Books and downloadable resources - featuring authors of diverse backgrounds - the explore the power of love, compassion, empathy and hospitality
  • Other Book Lists from trusted sources
  • Curricula to deepen and broaden at-home and at-church conversations
  • Websites full of tips and tools for growing self-awareness and compassion toward the neighbor

If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.




an online Discussion and Activity Guide is available with For Beautiful Black Boys

           Sulwe        When I Fly with Papa (9781634891158): Claudia May, Jena  Holliday, Jena Holliday: Books     

Addresses issues children might hear about in the news and may not understand; straightforward and kid-friendly explanations of tough topics; includes ideas for what they can do to help make the world a better, fairer place. Each book has a glossary and additional resources.

The series includes: Culture and Diversity; Rights and Equality; Protecting the Planet; and Rules and Responsibilities.

Other Book Lists

Mattress Advisor's Bedtime Stories in response to We Need Diverse Books (a nonprofit working for more diversity in children's books):  The list is available in full or broken into these categories:


Who Is My Neighbor? - MennoMedia’s 2019 VBS curriculum: 


offers “stories and advice on raising kind, caring and resilient children”, which includes tips on “how to talk honestly with children about racism”, book recommendations about race and diversity and questions to discover your child’s thoughts. Many resources are broken into specific age brackets and include links to PBS videos that support the conversation.