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National PTA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

National PTA has extensive resources that can help our local units learn about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion issues, discuss these topics in your community and take action to more effective serve ALL children and families, with a focus on historically marginalized and underrepresented populations.  Please check out the amazing amount of information they have to support local units HERE.  

Below are the DEI resources you will find on the National PTA website:


Multicultural Reference Guide

Multicultural Reference Guide 

National PTA DEI Resource Guide

Podcast Episodes Focused on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Microlearning Webisodes Focused on Divesity, Equity & Inclusion


Our Committement to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Nuestro Compromiso con la Diversidad, la Equidad y la Inclusión

PTA Local Leader Guidance for Diversity Equity & Inclusion

Guía para Líderes Locales sobre Diversidad, Equidad e Inclusión


How To Welcome Diverse Perspectives into Your PTA

Cómo Acoger Perspectivas Diversas en su PTA


OneVoice article: Enhancing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in your PTA


LGBTQ Glossary


How to Talk About Race and Justice in America

How to Talk About Race and Justice in America

Antisemitism is on the Rise

The Foundation to Combat Antisemitism

How to Respond to Inquiries about Critical Race Theory

Guidance and Talking Points for PTAs about Critical Race Theory

How to Respond to Pushback Against Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Efforts

Responding to Pushback Against Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Efforts

Respondiendo al Retroceso hacia los Esfuerzos de Diversidad, Equidad e Inclusión


Tools to Turn Your Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion into Action

DEI Community Profile Template

La Plantilla para Perfilar la Diversidad

Enhancing DEI Facilitator's Guide

La Guía para los Coordinadores del Aumento de DEI

DEI Action Plan Template

La Plantilla para el Plan de Acción de DEI

Multicultural Calendar

Multicultural Calendar 2023-2024

Calendario Multicultural 2023-2024

Inclusive Holiday Resources

Inclusive Holiday Programming

Programas Inclusivo para Temporadas Festivas

Inclusive Holiday Ice Breakers

Algunas Actividades Inclusivas para Romper el Hielo en Reuniones

Inclusive Communication During the Holidays

La Comunicación Inclusiva Durante Temporadas Festivas

National PTA Statements

Positional Statements


School 2 Prison Pipeline Resources

IDEA Suggested Reading List

IDEA Suggested Reading List

Adult Books


1919by Eve L. Ewing
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Breathe: A Letter to My Sons, by Imani Perry
Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine
Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, by Eddie S. Glaude
Excessive Use of Force: One Mother’s Struggle against Police Brutality and Misconduct, by Loretta A. Prater
How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
How We Fight White Supremacyedited by Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin
Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestorby Layla F. Saad
Monument: Poems, New and Selected, by Natasha Trethewey
Our Black Sons Matter: Mothers Talk about Fears, Sorrows, and Hopesedited by George Yancy and others
Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martinby Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in Americaby Ibram X. Kendi
This Stops Today: Eric Garner’s Mother Seeks Justice after Losing Her Son, by Gwen Carr and Dave Smitherman
The Toni Morrison Book Clubby Juda Bennett and others
Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements, by Charlene A. Carruthers
Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Rootsby Morgan Jerkins
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele
Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality beyond Black and Whiteby Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld


The Deepby Rivers Solomon and others
Home, by Toni Morrison
Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissanceby Zora Neale Hurston
How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? by N. K. Jemisin
The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln, by Stephen L. Carter
The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead
The Seven League Bootsby Albert Murray
Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward
Some Sing, Some Cryby Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza
Speaking of Summerby Kalisha Buckhanon
Song of the Shank, by Jeffery Renard Allen
An Unconditional Freedomby Alyssa Cole
The Water Dancerby Ta-Nehisi Coates
We Cast a Shadowby Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Books for Youth

Older Readers

All the Days Past, All the Days to Comeby Mildred D. Taylor
Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women’s Fight for Their Rightsby Mikki Kendall and illustrated by A. D’Amico
Felix Ever After, by Kacen Callender
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America, edited by Ibi Zoboi
The Impact of Slavery in America, by Duchess Harris and Gail Radley
Just Mercy (Adapted for Young People)by Bryan Stevenson
Light It Up, by Kekla Magoon
Pet, by Akwaeke Emezi
A Phoenix First Must Burn, edited by Patrice Caldwell
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and Youby Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work, by Tiffany Jewell and illustrated by Aurélia Durand
Tyler Johnson was Hereby Jay Coles
The Voting Booth, by Brandy Colbert

Middle Grade

Black Brother, Black Brotherby Jewell Parker Rhodes
Blended, by Sharon Draper
Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendships, by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, and illustrated by Sean Qualls
For Black Girls like Me, by Mariama J. Lockington
From the Desk of Zoe Washingtonby Janae Marks
Genesis Begins Again, by Alicia D. Williams
A Good Kind of Trouble, by Lise Moore Ramée
Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box, by Evette Dionne
Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop, by Alice Faye Duncan and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
The Only Black Girls in Townby Brandy Colbert
Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justiceby Mahogany L. Browne, Elizabeth Acevedo, and Olivia Gatwood, and illustrated by Theodore Taylor III

Young Readers

Bedtime Bonnet, by Nancy Redd and illustrated by Nneka Myers
Boonoonoonous Hairby Olive Senior and illustrated by Laura James
Cool Cuts, by Mechal Renee Roe and illustrated by the author
Hair Loveby Matthew A. Cherry and illustrated by Vashti Harrison
I Got Nextby Daria Peoples-Riley and illustrated by the author
IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for Allby Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, and Carolyn Choi, and illustrated by Ashley Seil Smith
My Mommy Medicine, by Edwidge Danticat and illustrated by Shannon Wright
Saturday, by Oge Mora and illustrated by the author
Sing a Song: How ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ Inspired Generations, by Kelly Starling Lyons and illustrated by Keith Mallett
Sulwe, by Lupita Nyong’o and illustrated by Vashti Harrison
Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora and illustrated by the author
The Undefeated, by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Who Will You Be? by Andrea Pippins and illustrated by the author
What Is Given from the Heartby Patricia C. McKissack and illustrated by April Harrison
You Matterby Christian Robinson and illustrated by the author