The best books for raising bias-free kids

Christia Spears Brown Author Of Unraveling Bias: How Prejudice Has Shaped Children for Generations and Why It's Time to Break the Cycle
By Christia Spears Brown

The Books I Picked & Why

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations about Race

By Beverly Daniel Tatum

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations about Race

Why this book?

This classic book, which has been recently updated, is a must-read for all parents or people who work with children. Tatum does an excellent job of describing how children think about race and the role race plays in their lives. She describes how racial identity develops for Black children, for White children, and for mixed-race children and clearly identifies why it is important for all children. By using lots of quotes and conversations with children and teens, this accessible read leads to “Aha!” moments in every chapter. 


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How to Raise Kids Who Aren't Assholes: Science-Based Strategies for Better Parenting--From Tots to Teens

By Melinda Wenner Moyer

How to Raise Kids Who Aren't Assholes: Science-Based Strategies for Better Parenting--From Tots to Teens

Why this book?

Everyone wants to raise honest, generous, and kind kids, right?. And the science of parenting has a lot to say about the best ways to raise children who will care about others. Moyer, as a science journalist who focuses on parenting, draws from all of that research and boils down the best evidence-based strategies for raising compassionate, and anti-biased, kids.


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Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do

By Jennifer L. Eberhardt

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do

Why this book?

The first step in raising anti-biased kids is checking our own biases. Eberhardt is a highly renowned social psychologist who has woven together her own personal stories with the science of implicit biases. In the wake of repeated shootings of unarmed Black men, her award-winning research is extremely timely. By relating cutting-edge research to her own experiences as a Black woman, this book feels both intellectually engaging and deeply personal.  


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Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps -- And What We Can Do about It

By Lise Eliot

Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps -- And What We Can Do about It

Why this book?

This book holds a magnifying glass up to the gender differences and stereotypes we see every day. Eliot describes in easy-to-understand language the neuroscience behind gender differences and details how small differences between boys and girls at birth become amplified over the course of childhood by parents, teachers, and the culture. 


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This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes: How Science Is Tackling Unconscious Bias

By Tanya Lloyd Kyi, Drew Shannon

This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes: How Science Is Tackling Unconscious Bias

Why this book?

One important way to reduce bias in children is to teach them about stereotypes and prejudice. Once they learn to spot and understand stereotypes, they are better at battling them. This visually engaging book, geared towards middle schoolers, provides a great (even humorous) science-based explanation of stereotypes, discrimination, racism, sexism, ableism, and homophobia.   


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