14 Kid-Friendly Movies & TV Shows That Educate About Diversity & Race

Jun 19, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. ET
'Moana' movie still
Image: Disney

When you think of kid-friendly films and TV shows, what immediately comes to mind? Disney classics and their Disney princesses? Literally every animated show on Nickelodeon? Yes, both are correct, but you have to ask yourself: Are they truly teaching your child some valuable lessons, particularly when it comes to race and diversity?

Luckily, Disney and Pixar have been steadily releasing more and more diverse films, including Coco, Zootopia and Moana. They're a far cry from the Disney classics we know and love because they all highlight and embrace people from all walks of life and all people of color. They're finally telling the stories of those who have felt they just can't relate to the very white worlds shown in past Disney films. And the same goes for TV: When Dora the Explorer came out nearly two decades ago (in 2000), little Latinas and Latinos finally saw themselves represented.

That said, we've rounded up 14 films and TV shows that educate your kids about diversity and race.

A version of this article was originally published in February 2016.

1 /14: 'Moana'

'Moana' movie poster
Image: Disney.

1/14 :'Moana'

2 /14: 'Akeelah & the Bee'

'Akeelah and the Bee' movie poster
Image: Lionsgate Films.

2/14 :'Akeelah & the Bee'

3 /14: 'Dora the Explorer'

'Dora the Explorer' promo image
Image: Nickelodeon.

3/14 :'Dora the Explorer'

4 /14: 'Go, Diego, Go'

'Go, Diego, Go' promo image
Image: Nickelodeon.

4/14 :'Go, Diego, Go'

5 /14: 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

On the set of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
Image: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images.

5/14 :'To Kill a Mockingbird'

6 /14: 'Doc McStuffins'

'Doc McStuffins' promo image
Image: Disney Junior.

6/14 :'Doc McStuffins'

7 /14: 'The Secret Life of Bees'

'The Secret Life of Bees' movie poster
Image: Fox Searchlight Pictures.

7/14 :'The Secret Life of Bees'

8 /14: 'Maya & Miguel'

'Maya & Miguel' promo image
Image: PBS Kids.

8/14 :'Maya & Miguel'

9 /14: 'Ni Hao, Kai-Lan'

'Ni Hao, Kai-Lan' TV still
Image: Nick Jr.

9/14 :'Ni Hao, Kai-Lan'

10 /14: 'Remember the Titans'

'Remember the Titans' movie poster
Image: Jerry Bruckheimer Films.

10/14 :'Remember the Titans'

11 /14: 'Liberty's Kids'

'Liberty's Kids' DVD cover
Image: Mélusine Productions.

11/14 :'Liberty's Kids'

12 /14: 'Handy Manny'

'Handy Manny' TV poster
Image: Disney Junior.

12/14 :'Handy Manny'

13 /14: 'Sesame Street'

'Sesame Street' promo image
Image: PBS Kids.

13/14 :'Sesame Street'

14 /14: '42'

'42' movie poster
Image: Warner Bros.

14/14 :'42'