SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Organizations and Resources Supporting Black Lives

 

 

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators stands together with the African-American community in our unequivocal stance against racial inequity and prejudice. We deplore the legacy of tragedy, pain, cruelty, and fear that have resulted from long-standing explicit and implicit racism.  We must examine and dismantle racism. Our members create books that will influence what kind of adults children grow up to be and how they see themselves reflected in the world. We want those stories to speak to all children, to tell the truth no matter how difficult it is to face, and to contribute to the message of today––that the time has come to end racial inequity forever. Black Lives Matter. Black Children’s lives matter. 

 

*We are currently compiling resources so will be updating this page frequently. Please check back for more organizations we can support and resources we can educate ourselves with. Thank you, SCBWI community! 

ANTI-RACIST ORGS THAT CENTER CHILDREN OR EDUCATION

*Compiled by #KidLit Rally for Black Lives by The Brown Bookshelf

 

1619 Podcast

Fare of the Free Child Podcast

Here Wee Read

Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility 

National Museum of African American History & Culture 

Colorlines by Race Forward

Rethinking Schools 

Teaching for Change 

Teaching Tolerance 

The Conscious Kid 

The National Visionary Leadership Project 

We Need Diverse Books

Zinn Education Project 

 

ANTI-RACIST RESOURCES

10 Books That Challenge Racism

31 Children’s Books that Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance

9 Books to Help You Understand Race and Dismantle Racism

A Nonfiction Anti-Racist Reading List

An Essential Reading Guide for Fighting Racism

Anti-Racist Reading List by Ibram X. Kendi

Anti-Racism Resources

How to Talk to Kids About Race: Books and Resources That Can Help

Overcoming Racism – Race & Equity Training for Businesses & Schools

Talking About Race Web Portal by the National Museum of African American History & Culture

This List is Anti-Racist (Audiobooks)

Unlearning Racism Reading List by Skylight Books

Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup

 

BAIL FUNDS

ActBlue Community Bail Funds

Atlanta Solidarity Fund

Brooklyn Community Bail Fund 

Louisville Community Bail Fund 

Minnesota Freedom Fund

National Bail Fund Network

People’s City Council Freedom Fund

The Bail Project 

 

BLACK-OWNED BOOKSTORES

*Compiled by We Need Diverse Books

 

The Key Bookstore 

CA

Ashay By the Bay

EsoWon Books

Underground Books

DC

Mahogany Books

Sankofa Video and Books Cafe

GA

Black Dot Cultural Center & Bookstore

Brave and Kind Books 

For Keeps Books

Medu Bookstore

The Listening Tree

FL

Pyramid Books

IL

AfriWare Books

Marcus Books

Semicolon Books

The Underground Bookstore

IN

Brain Lair Books

MA

Frugal Bookstore

MD

Everyone’s Place

MI

Detroit Book City

Nandi’s Knowledge Cafe

NY

Cafe Con Libros

PA

Hakim’s Bookstore

Harriet’s Bookshop

Uncle Bobbie’s

NY 

The Lit Bar

TX 

The Dock Bookshop

 

COMMUNITY-BUILDING

Audre Lorde Project

Black Futures Lab

Black Past

Black Visions Collective

Black Women Radicals

Black Youth Project 100

Color of Change

Coming to the Table

Courageous Conversation

Reclaim the Block

The BIPOC Project

The Loveland Foundation

 

HEALTH & WELL-BEING

Northstar Health Collective

 

PETITIONS

Color of Change Petition to End Violent Policing Against Black People

 

POLITICAL/JUSTICE-ORIENTED

Black Lives Matter

Campaign Zero

Center for Policing Equity

Equal Justice Initiative

Fair Fight

Founded by Stacey Abrams to promote fair elections in Georgia and around the US.

Innocence Project

Know Your Rights Camp

NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund

National Black Justice Coalition

National Police Accountability Project

Resources for Accountability & Action for Black Lives

Southern Poverty Law Center

The Movement for Black Lives

The Opportunity Agenda: Promoting Accountability

Unicorn Riot

 

RECOMMENDED READING

22 Picture Books to Inspire Conversations about Diversity

45 Black Young Adult Novels to Add to Your TBR

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

African American Book Clubs in the US

Black and Asian Feminist Solidarities: A Reading List by Black Women Radicals and the Asian American Feminist Collective

For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies

Noname Book Club

Reparations Club Book Recommendations 

Well-Read Black Girl Book Club 

Why You Should Stop Saying “All Lives Matter,” Explained in 9 Different Ways