ANTI-RACISM: A READING LIST

The Chippewa River District Library joins in supporting the statement of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) our library staff, our library patrons, our community leaders, and our community members, in condemning violence and racism towards Black Americans and People of Color.  We cannot tolerate or allow prejudice, ignorance, and hatred in our society any longer.

We pledge to continue educating our communities by providing resources that address the issues of race and inequality.

“There is no finish line to being antiracist; we should be striving in each moment to be antiracist.” Jason Reynolds

On May 27, 2020, School Library Journal (SLJ) hosted a virtual version of “Day of Dialog” where publishers, authors, illustrators, librarians, and teachers get together and learn. The opening keynote speakers at the conference were Jason Reynolds and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi who spoke about their book, “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You” (audiobook, booke-book). Recent events have highlighted the necessity for books and discussions which, in the words of Jason Reynolds, act as “a type of vaccine” for the virus of racism which infects us in ways we don’t always see.

We have put together a list of fiction and non-fiction books for all ages to help us better understand the history of how we got here and listen to those activists who have ideas to help our country move forward.

CBS Interview with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

 

Books for Youth

Books for Teens Books for Adults

The undefeated by Kwame Alexander (book)

A child's introduction to African American history: the experiences, people, and events that shaped our country by Jabari Asim (book)

Whose toes are those? by Jabari Asim (book)

Whose knees are these? by Jabari Asim (book)

Crown: An ode to the fresh cut by Derrick D. Barnes (book)

I am enough by Grace Byers (book)

Hair love by Matthew A. Cherry (book)

Let the children march by Monica Clark-Robinson (book)

Mixed me! by Taye Diggs (book)

Rosa by Nikki Giovanni (book)

Black Lives Matter by Duchess Harris (book)

Civil rights sit-ins by Duchess Harris (book)

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham (book)

That is my dream! by Langston Hughes (book)

When I was eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton (book)

I walk with Vanessa: A story about a simple act of kindness by Kerascoët (book)

Let's talk about race by Julius Lester (book)

Hands up! by Breanna J. McDaniel (book)

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o (book)

All are welcome by Alexandra Penfold (book)

Hey black child by Useni Eugene Perkins (book)

Sit-in by Andrea Davis Pinkney (book)

Sojourner Truth's step-stomp stride by Andrea Davis Pinkney (book)

Someday is now by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (book)

When we were alone by David Robertson (book, e-book)

Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange (book)

We are grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell (book, e-book)

That's not fair! Emma Tenayuca's struggle for justice by Carmen Tafolla (book)

The skin I'm in: A first look at racism by Pat Thomas (book)

Separate is never equal: the story of Sylvia Mendez and her family by Duncan Tonatiuh (book)

Gordon Parks: how the photographer captured black and white America by Carole Boston Weatherford (book)

In your hands by Carole Boston Weatherford (book)

Schomburg: the man who built a library by Carole Boston Weatherford (book)

The day you begin by Jacqueline Woodson (book)

How it went down by Kekla Magoo (book)

Monster by Walter Dean Myers (book
e-book)

Hush by Jacqueline Woodson (book)

American Street by Ibi Aanu Zoboi (book, e-book)

Light it up by Kekla Magoon (book)

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds (book)

X: a novel by Ilyasah Shabazz (book)

The hate u give by Angie Thomas (audiobookbook, e-book)

Claudette Colvin: twice toward justice by Phillip M. Hoose (book)

America's original sin Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis (book, e-book)

An indigenous peoples' history of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (audiobookbook, e-book)

Just mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (book, e-book)

March: Book One by John Lewis (book, e-book)

An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz (book)

Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler (book)

The Warmth of Other Suns: the epic story of America's great migration by Isabel Wilkerson (book, e-book)

Their eyes were watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (audiobook, book, e-book)

White fragility. Why it's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo (book, e-book)

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (book)

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (audiobook, book, e-book)

Tears we cannot stop: a Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson (book)

How to be an antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (audiobook, book, e-book)

The fire this time: A new generation speaks about race by Jesmyn Ward (book)

Dying of whiteness: How the politics of racial resentment is killing America's heartland by Jonathan Metzl (book)

The new Jim Crow: Mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (audiobook, book, e-book)

Men we reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward (book, e-book)