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Antiracist Reading List

Exquisite: The Poetry & Life of Gwendolyn Brooks
Slade, Suzanne

2021 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book

2021 Siebert Honor Book

A picture-book biography of celebrated poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first Black person to win the Pulitzer Prize

A 2021 Coretta Scott King Book Award Illustrator Honor Book
A 2021 Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book

A 2021 Association of Library Service to...

Item No. 9781419734113
$17.99
Follow Your Dreams, Little One
Harrison, Vashti
New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Vashti Harrison shines a bold, joyous light on black men through history in this board book edition of Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History.
This beautifully illustrated board book highlights true...
Item No. 9780316475150
$8.99
For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World
Waters, Michael W

Winner of the 2020 Goddard Riverside CBC Youth Book Prize for Social Justice

Dad, what happened?
Why are they shooting?
What is this vigil for?

The shootings keep coming, and so do Jeremiah's questions. Dad doesn't have easy answers, but that doesn't mean...

Item No. 9781947888081
$18.00
For Black Girls Like Me
Lockington, Mariama J

In this lyrical coming-of-age story about family, sisterhood, music, race, and identity, Mariama J. Lockington draws on some of the emotional truths from her own experiences growing up with an adoptive white family.

I am a girl but most days I feel like a question mark.

...

Item No. 9781250250322
$7.99
For Everyone
Reynolds, Jason
"A lyrical masterpiece." --School Library Journal (starred review)

Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is New York Times ...

Item No. 9781481486248
$15.99
For Everyone PB
Reynolds, Jason
"A lyrical masterpiece." --School Library Journal (starred review)

Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is New York Times ...

Item No. 9781481486255
$7.99
Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History
Walter Dean Myers and Floyd Cooper

The go-to Frederick Douglass biography for younger students" (Booklist starred review).

In this powerful picture book biography, New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers and acclaimed artist Floyd Cooper take readers on an inspiring journey...

Item No. 9780060277093
$17.99
Free at Last: A Juneteenth Poem
Rolle, Sojourner Kincaid

This lyrical celebration of Juneteenth, deeply rooted in Black American history, spans centuries and reverberates loudly and proudly today.

After 300 years of forced bondage;
hands bound, descendants of Africa
picked up their souls--all that they...

Item No. 9781454943747
$17.99
Freedom in Congo Square
Boston Weatherford, Carole
Winner of a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016: Nonfiction
Starred reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, ...
Item No. 9781499801033
$17.99
Freedom Summer
Wiles, Deborah
John Henry swims better than anyone I know.
He crawls like a catfish,
blows bubbles like a swamp monster,
but he doesn't swim in the town pool with me.
He's not allowed.

Joe and John Henry are a lot alike. They both like shooting marbles, they both want to...
Item No. 9780689878299
$7.99
Glow
Forman, Ruth
A joyfully poetic board book that delivers an ode to the beautiful light of African American boys.

I shine night too
smooth brown
glow skin

This simple, playful, and elegant board book stars a young boy who joyfully celebrates his dark skin with a...

Item No. 9781534446335
$8.99
Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter
King, Shani

Black lives matter. That message would be self-evident in a just world, but in this world and this America, all children need to hear it again and again, and not just to hear it but to feel and know it.

This book affirms the message repeatedly, tenderly, with cumulative power and...

Item No. 9780884488897
$17.95
Hey Black Child
Perkins, Useni Eugene
Six-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and four-time Caldecott Honor recipient Bryan Collier brings this classic, inspirational poem to life, written by poet Useni Eugene Perkins.

Hey black child,

Do you know who you are?

Who really are?Do you know you...

Item No. 9780316360302
$18.99
Honeysmoke
Fields, Monique

A young biracial girl looks around her world for her color. She finally chooses her own, and creates a new word for herself--honeysmoke.

Simone wants a color.

She asks Mama, "Am I black or white?"

"Boo," Mama says, just like mamas do, "a color is just a word."...

Item No. 9781250115829
$17.99
How to Be an Antiracist
Kendi, Ibram X
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a "groundbreaking" (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society--and in ourselves.

"The most courageous book to...

Item No. 9780525509288
$27.00
I Am Alfonso Jones
Medina, Tony

The Latinidad List of Best Books of 2017, Latinidad
Best Books for Teens, New York Public Library
In the Margins Top Ten List, In the Margins
Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens, American Library Association (ALA)
Ten Best Graphic Novels of 2017, Forbes
Choices,...

Item No. 9781620142639
$18.95
I Am Brown
Banker, Ashok

Brown-skinned children around the world laugh, love and play together in this infectiously joyful book.

I am brown. I am beautiful. I am perfect. I designed this computer. I ran this race. I won this prize. I wrote this book. A joyful celebration of the skin you're in--of...

Item No. 9781911373940
$17.99
I Love My Hair
Tarpley, Natasha Anastasia
A modern classic, this whimsical story has been celebrating the beauty of African-American hair for 20 years!

In this imaginative, evocative story, a girl named Keyana discovers the beauty and magic of her special hair, encouraging black children to be proud of their heritage and...

Item No. 9780316523752
$7.00
Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told
Myers, Walter Dean

An important and inspiring book. (School Library Journal starred review)

Ida B. Wells worked bravely as an activist, educator, writer, journalist, suffragette, and pioneering voice against the horror of lynching. An inspiration for generations of civil...

Item No. 9780060544683
$7.99
John Lewis in the Lead
Benson, Kathleen
A biography of John Lewis, one of the "Big Six" civil rights leaders of the 1960s, focusing on his involvement in Freedom Rides, the March on Washington, and the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

How does an Alabama sharecropper's son grow up to help...

Item No. 9781600608490
$12.95
Juneteenth for Mazie
Cooper, Floyd
Mazie is ready to celebrate liberty. She is ready to celebrate freedom. She is ready to celebrate a great day in American history. The day her ancestors were no longer slaves. Mazie remembers the struggles and the triumph, as she gets ready to celebrate Juneteenth.
Item No. 9781623701703
$15.95
Juneteenth for Mazie (Board Book)
Cooper, Floyd
Mazie is ready to celebrate liberty. She is ready to celebrate freedom. She is ready to celebrate a great day in American history. The day her ancestors were no longer slaves. Mazie remembers the struggles and the triumph, as she gets ready to celebrate Juneteenth.
Item No. 9781684463640
$7.99
Juneteenth for Mazie PB
Cooper, Floyd
Mazie is ready to celebrate liberty. She is ready to celebrate freedom. She is ready to celebrate a great day in American history. The day her ancestors were no longer slaves. Mazie remembers the struggles and the triumph, as she gets ready to celebrate Juneteenth.
Item No. 9781479558209
$5.95
Lend a Hand: Poems About Giving
Frank, John

A collection of original poems centered on giving and spontaneous acts of kindness, which also incorporate larger themes of community, intergenerational relationships, young mentors, and care for the environment.

Now in paperback!

The spread of warmth

...

Item No. 9781620148297
$10.95
Let's Talk About Race
Lester, Julius

This wonderful book should be a first choice for all collections and is strongly recommended as a springboard for discussions about differences." --School Library Journal (starred review)

In this acclaimed book, the author of the Newbery Honor Book To Be a...

Item No. 9780064462266
$7.99