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An Anti-Racist Reading List for Children and Adults
A return to school this fall will be far different from other back-to-school seasons of the past. In the midst of a global pandemic, and the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks and many others, the systemic inequities that face BIPOC (Black and Indigenous and People of Color) individuals daily are being pushed to the forefront in many conversations among non-BIPOC parents, teachers, co-workers and neighbors.
If you are like me and want resources to keep this conversation going with students and adults, we created an anti-racist reading list for children in grades preK-12, as well as for adults, that can help us all become more kind, caring, and empathetic. The list will be updated as we learn about and read more texts. Do you have additional recommendations for our anti-racist reading list? Please let us know in the comments below.
Two families, one Black and one White, discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their neighborhood. This story aims to answer many questions that children have about traumatic events and racial injustice.
By Lupita Nyong'o (author) and Vashti Harrison (illustrator)
This picture book is a story about a Black girl who learns to love herself despite having darker skin than the rest of her family.
By Matthew A. Cherry (author) and Vashti Harrison (illustrator)
This book is a celebration of natural, Black hair.
By Hena Khan (author) and Aaliya Jaleel (illustrator)
As a young girl observes six very different women in her life who each wear the hijab in a unique way, she also dreams of the rich possibilities of her own future, and how she will express her own personality through her hijab.
By Jenny Devenny
A story of 2 best friends, a white car and a black car, that have different experiences and face different rules while entering the same race.
The biographies of 40 Black women are brought to life in this text that not only educates, but also inspires.
This story is about a boy, Garvey, who is bullied until he finds a passion that helps him learn to accept himself.
By Anastasia Higginbotham
This book offers an honest and open explanation about how White privilege factors into the lives of White children.
By Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
This book about race helps students learn about how racist ideas have permeated the American culture, and what they can do to become anti-racist.
This novel, written in two parts by two authors—one Black and one White—explores the repercussions of a violent act on a racially divided town.
By Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones
When violence erupts at a football game, two girls from different racial backgrounds only have each other to rely on to survive.
By Angie Thomas
The uneasy balance between Starr’s school world and home world is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.
By Nic Stone
The story of an Ivy League-bound African-American student named Justyce who becomes a victim of racial profiling. He struggles to reconcile the fact that he's a "good kid" with suddenly being in police handcuffs
Do you have more resources or ideas for our anti-racist reading list? Please comment below.
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