A central goal of FORJ@Cabot is to foster racial awareness and productive dialogue among parents and families. Common inquiries we receive are:
Which kids' books have characters who represent our diverse families?
What can we read with our kids to spark productive dialogue and raise awareness about race?
What resources can white parents seek out to learn and become better allies?
Here, you'll find a curated set of titles that were recommended by Cabot parents and NPS educators. We welcome your suggestions as well!
Resources to explore with kids
Resources for parents to keep learning
The following titles were suggested by Cabot parents and discussed during our FORJ@Cabot Parents Book Club and Podcast Club this year. Interested in joining one of those clubs? Click here to Get Involved.
If you purchase books, we encourage you to seek out your local bookstore and/or a store owned by a Person of Color. If you need financial assistance to participate in the book club, contact FORJ@Cabot and we will help you.
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? - Beverly Daniel Tatum
The Origins of Others - Toni Morrison
Such a Fun Age - Kiley Reid
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You - Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi
The New Kid - Jerry Craft
Raising antiracist readers: A list from Newton Public Schools
The Newton Public Schools Library Department -- including Jill Leibowitz, Cabot's wonderful librarian -- has curated this list of books for elementary-age kids. Click the link above to find online books, audio books, read-aloud books, and more. Or visit Cabot's library page for more information about what's happening in our kids' school library.