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  • Antiracist Baby Picture Book, ages 0-3 years old, by IbramX Kendi, 2020
    Introduces the youngest readers and the grown-ups in their lives to the concept and power of antiracism, New York Times Bestseller
  • We’re Different, We’re the Same (Sesame Street), by Bobbi Kates, Joe Mathieu, 2017. Ages 4-8
    “This enduring, colorful, and charmingly illustrated book offers an easy, enjoyable way to learn about differences—and what truly matters. It is an engaging read for toddlers and adults alike.”
  • Anti-Racism: The World & Me A Coloring Book For Kids: Anti Racist Book For Kids, Mari Lee Jones
    New children’s picture book about racism, diversity and friendship. Perfect to teach children about racism and the power of having diverse friends.
  • Martin & Anne: The Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank, Nancy Churnin and Yevgenia Nayberg
  • Shades of People, Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly
  • Death in a Promised Land: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, Scott Ellsworth
    Widely believed to be the most extreme incidence of white racial violence against African Americans in modern United States history, the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre resulted in the destruction of over one thousand Black-owned businesses and homes as well as the murder of between fifty and three hundred Black residents.
  • When They Call You a Terrorist: A Story of Black Lives Matter and the Power to Change the World, by Patrisse Khan-Cullors. January, 2020
    A memoir of activism, newly adapted for teenagers
  • Isaiah Dunn is my Hero by Kelly J. Baptist. Novel, Ages 8-10 August 2020
    “Isaiah’s optimism, drive, and loyalty to friends and family make him a hero to cheer for and lend a feeling of hope to this exploration of difficult topics.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
  • Who Was Maria Tallchief? by Catherine Gourley
    Ages 8-12
    She was a Native American, born in 1925, the daughter of a full-blooded Osage, who became America’s first prima ballerina.
  • This is Your Time, by Ruby Bridges, Delacorte, 2020 Ages 10 and up
    NY Times Bestseller: Civil rights icon Ruby Bridges—who, at the age of six, was the first black child to integrate into an all-white elementary school in New Orleans – inspires readers and calls for action in this moving letter.
  • The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person, by Frederick Joseph. Candlewick Press, 2020 Ages 12-17
    Part memoir, part guidebook, this title explores scenarios of interpersonal and institutional struggle to introduce the next generation of White youth to anti-racism. Joseph poses a sincere question that challenges the long-held promise of reading amid widespread injustice: “If I show people how they’re hurting others, will some of them be willing to change?”
    —Kirkus Reviews
  • Finish the Fight, by Veronica Chambers and the Staff of the New York Times, Versify, 2020 Ages 8 and up
    Who was at the forefront of women’s right to vote? We know a few famous names, like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, but what about so many others from diverse backgrounds—black, Asian, Latinx, Native American, and more—who helped lead the fight for suffrage? On the hundredth anniversary of the historic win for women’s rights, it’s time to celebrate the names and stories of the women whose stories have yet to be told.
  • I Talk Like A River, by Jordan Scott, Ages 4-8 Neal Porter Books, 2020
    When a boy who stutters feels isolated, alone, and incapable of communicating in the way he’d like, it takes a kindly father and a walk by the river to help him find his voice.
  • Stamped:Racism, Antiracism, and You, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
    Little Brown Publishers, 2021, for teens and young adults
    A clear-eyed assessment of the history of racism in America and a call to action for young adults hoping to bring about fundamental change.
  • The ABCS of Black History, by Rio Cortez, published by Workman for Ages 5 and up
    The author leads readers on a journey through Black life that acknowledges pain and struggle while building confidence with examples of triumph.
  • A Kid’s Book About Racism, by Jelani Memory. Ages 5-9 years old, 2020 Published by A New Kids Book About
    A clear description of what racism is, how it makes people feel when they experience it, and how to spot it when it happens.
  • Punching the Air – Illustrated, Balzer and Bray, 2020 Age 8 to adult
    by Ibi Zoboi (Author), Yusef Salaam (Author)
    Highlights that wrongful convictions, the school-to-prison pipeline and the fear mongering of Black bodies is etched in the United States Constitution itself, ironically in the Thirteenth Amendment that criminalizes slavery but simultaneously creates an entirely new system of enslavement: the American prison system. It is not easy to break these topics down to adults, never mind children. But Punching the Air does so effectively through verse that feels honest and clear.” — USA Today
  • I am Strong: A Little Book About Rosa Parks (Ordinary People Change the World) Board book – Illustrated, Dial Books, 2020
    by Brad Meltzer (Author), Christopher Eliopoulos (Illustrator) Ages 2-5 years old
    Focuses on the traits that made our heroes great–the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves.
  • Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy by Emmanuel Acho
    Roaring Brook Press, May 2021, Ages 10-14
    “There is humor, lightness, and relatability in Acho’s reliance on pop culture and experience that will make this title a standout for use in classrooms, libraries and homes.”

  • Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford
    Carolrhoda Books, February 1, 2021, Ages 8-12 (Picture Book)
    The author provides a powerful look at the Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the worst incidents of racial violence in our nation’s history….chronicles the devastation that occurred in 1921 when a white mob attacked the (prosperous) Black community.”

  • Punching the Air Hardcover – Illustrated, by Ibi Zoboi (Author), Yusef Salaam (Author) Balzer + Bray; Sept. 2020 Young adult
    Time Magazine Best Book of the Year
    “Punching the Air highlights that wrongful convictions, the school-to-prison pipeline and the fear mongering of Black bodies is etched in the United States Constitution itself, ironically in the Thirteenth Amendment that criminalizes slavery but simultaneously creates an entirely new system of enslavement: the American prison system. It is not easy to break these topics down to adults, never mind children. But Punching the Air does so effectively through verse that feels honest and clear.” — USA Today

  • How the Stars Fell into the Sky, A Navajo Legend by Jerrie Oughton and Lisa Desimini
    Ages 4-7 years old; Houghton Mifflin Books, March 1996
    “……an especially noble Native American tale.” Kirkus Reviews

  • We Make It Better: The LGBTQ Community and Their Positive Contributions to Society (Gender Identity Book for Teens, Gay Rights, Transgender, for Readers of Nonbinary) by authors Eric Rosswood and Kathleen Archambeau
    Mango Paperback – January 15, 2019
    “For all LGBTQ teens and young adults, this book will help inspire and empower you to become your best selves. This book shares how the LGBTQ community has made invaluable contributions in the fields of science, technology, business, government, education, and the arts. It throws open the doors of queer possibility making it clear we can use our imagination to make distinctive marks on our world however we choose.”―Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award-winning Screenwriter, “Milk”

  • Harriet Tubman: Toward Freedom by Whit Taylor and Kazimir Lee
    Publishers Little Brown 2021 Ages 10-14
    This graphic novel biography uses the comics format to help young readers get to know Tubman, zeroing in on how she brought her three brothers to freedom