Family Resources About Race and Racism

As the national conversation continues to center around race and racism, we realize you may be having conversations of your own at home about these subjects. The library has resources to help start those conversations, or to help you delve deeper into the discussions you are already having!

Below are recommended lists of age-appropriate titles for discussing the topic of race and racism with children. These books can be placed on hold online or by calling the library, and can be picked up via our Curbside Service.

  • The Other Side
    by Jacqueline Woodson

  • Sulwe
    by Lupita Nyong’o

  • I Walk With Vanessa: A Story About A Simple Act of Kindness
    by Kerascoet

  • The Day You Begin
    by Jacqueline Woodson

  • That is My Dream!
    By Langston Hughes & Daniel Miyares

  • The Undefeated
    by Kwame Alexander & Kadir Nelson

  • The Bell Rang
    by James E. Ransome

  • Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People To Freedom
    by Carole Boston Weatherford

  • These Hands
    by Margaret H. Mason

  • Ellington Was Not a Street
    by Ntozake Shange

  • Rosa
    by Nikki Giovanni

  • Back of the Bus
    by Aaron Reynolds

  • We Troubled the Waters
    by Ntozake Shange

  • Let the Children March
    by Monica Clark-Robinson

  • The Lions of Little Rock
    by Kristin Levine

  • Genesis Begins Again
    by Alicia D. Williams

  • Brown Girl Dreaming
    by Jacqueline Woodson

  • Black Brother, Black Brother
    by Jewell Parker Rhodes

  • The Only Black Girls in Town
    by Brandy Colbert

  • From the Desk of Zoe Washington
    by Janae Marks

  • Ghost Boys
    by Jewell Parker Rhodes

  • Through My Eyes
    by Ruby Bridges

  • Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African-Americans
    by Kadir Nelson

  • Fort Mose: The Story of the Man Who Built the First Free Black Settlement in Colonial America
    by Glennette Tilley Turner

  • Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl
    by Tonya Bolden

  • Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement
    by Carole Boston Weatherford

  • Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
    by Phillip Hoose

  • Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement
    by Ann Bausum

  • Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation
    by Andrea Davis Pinkney