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The books here are compiled from anti-racism, Black Lives Matter, and other children's book lists. List is currently in progress.
Beautiful Blackbird by
Call Number: J 398.2096 B915b 2003
Publication Date: 2003-01-01
In a story of the Ila people, the colorful birds of Africa ask Blackbird, whom they think is the most beautiful of birds, to decorate them with some of his "blackening brew."
Between the Lines by
Call Number: J 796.33 W187b 2018
Publication Date: 2018-01-23
Discover the true story of NFL star Ernie Barnes -- a boy who followed his dreams and became one of the most influential artists of his generation with this beautifully illustrated nonfiction picture book.
Call Number: J 813 B261c 2017
Publication Date: 2017-10-10
A high-spirited, engaging salute to the beautiful, raw, assured humanity of black boys and how they see themselves when they approve of their reflections in the mirror.
The Day You Begin by
Call Number: JE W898d 2018
Publication Date: 2018-08-28
A poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.
Call Number: J 818.60 M828d 2018
Publication Date: 2018-09-04
An illustrated picture book autobiography in which award-winning author Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story
Funny Bones by
Call Number: J 769.92 T663f 2015
Publication Date: 2015-08-25
Funny Bones tells the story of how the amusing calaveras--skeletons performing various everyday or festive activities--came to be. They are the creation of Mexican artist José Guadalupe (Lupe) Posada (1852-1913)
Hidden Figures by
Call Number: J 510.92 S554h 2018
Publication Date: 2018-01-16
In this beautifully illustrated picture book edition, we explore the story of four female African American mathematicians at NASA, known as "colored computers," and how they overcame gender and racial barriers to succeed in a highly challenging STEM-based career.
I Have a Dream by
Call Number: J 323.092 K52i 2012
Publication Date: 2012-10-09
Presents illustrations and the text of the speech given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on August 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, in which he described his visionary dream of equality and brotherhood for humankind.
Call Number: J 813 D542i 2018
Lola was just a baby when her family left the Island, so when she has to draw it for a school assignment, she asks her family, friends, and neighbors about their memories of her homeland ... and in the process, comes up with a new way of understanding her own heritage
Let the Children March by
Call Number: J 813 C592l 2018
Publication Date: 2018-01-02
Under the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, children and teenagers march against segregation in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963.
My Beijing by
Call Number: J 741 J951m 2018
Publication Date: 2018-08-01
Four short stories set in a hutong, or residential alleyway, of Beijing, China. Yu'er, her grandfather, and their eccentric neighbors experience the magic of everyday life
Out of Wonder by
Call Number: J 808.1 A374o 2017
Publication Date: 2017-03-14
Presents a collection of twenty poems written in tribute to well-known poets from around the world.
Radiant Child by
Call Number: J 740.92 S837r 2016
Publication Date: 2016-10-25
ean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City.
The Undefeated by
Publication Date: 2019-04-02
This poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes.
Middle Grade Books
Call Number: J 813 D791b 2018
Publication Date: 2018-10-30
Eleven-year-old Isabella's blended family is more divided than ever in this thoughtful story about divorce and racial identity from the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Out of My Mind, Sharon M. Draper.
Brown Girl Dreaming by
Call Number: J 811.54 W894b 2014
Publication Date: 2014-08-28
Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world.
The Crossover by
Call Number: J 813 A376c 2014
Publication Date: 2019-03-05
Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health
A Few Red Drops by
Call Number: J 305.89 H328f 2017
Publication Date: 2018-01-02
Examines the events and forces leading up to 1919 race riots in Chicago.
Call Number: J 813 L673m
Publication Date: 2016-09-06
March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation.
New Kid by
Call Number: J 741.59 C885n 2019
Publication Date: 2019-02-05
New Kid is a timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real. Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade.
Piecing Me Together by
Call Number: J 813 W337p 2017
Publication Date: 2017-02-14
Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she's ever going to succeed. Her mother tells her to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way.