Dr. Nia Heard-Garris


Dr. Ashuanta Anderson

In this episode, we’re joined by special guests Drs. Ashuanta Anderson, MD, MPH, MS (@shaunistarr) and Nia Heard-Garris, MD, MSc (@DrHeardGarris). Dr Anderson and Dr. Heard-Garris are pediatricians, researchers and moms.  They share their research on the health impacts of how kids learn about race, using books to help discuss race, importance of diversity and inclusion and their other role as mom in finding books for their kids and resources to help other parents find books for their kids.

Books discussed during this episode:

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Brining in the New Year by Grace Lin

Resources shared during this episode to help parents find books:


EmbraceRace is a multiracial community of parents, teachers, experts, and other caring adults who support each other to meet the challenges that race poses to our children, families, and communities.  The site provides books lists and articles about diverse books.

The Brown Bookshelf

A group of authors and illustrators who came together to push awareness of the myriad of African American voices writing for young readers.

Just Like Me Box

A book subscription that provides a book box with curated African American children’s books for kids up to 12 years of age.

Longest Shortest Time

A podcast about parenthood.  Their resource page and episodes provide book resources.

For any of the books discussed in this episode, check out your local library or bookstore.