Like me, you have probably found suggestions for reading lists for racial justice and social awareness coming in faster than you can keep up. When I need to organize my thoughts, I write. This article is a list of lists, so I can begin to build my own library. There is obviously going to be some overlap and some books I wouldn’t choose to add to my own library. Some books on these lists will be better than others, but these lists are good place to start. I’ll keep adding as I find more recommendations.
What am I missing? Leave me a note after you’ve read through these lists if you see something that needs to be added.
Kids Reading Lists for Racial Justice
Here are some lists I have found to begin my book search.
- Coretta Scott King Award Books. This book award has been given out annually since 1970, so you can fill a bookshelf with 50 years of thoughtful, well-written books with this list alone.
- 20 Picture Books for 2020: Readings to Embrace Race, Provide Solace & Do Good by Embrace.org.
- Doing Good Together’s Big-Hearted Families crated the Read With Empathy Book Lists. Includes books on a variety of topics, including diversity.
- Hennepin County Library’s curated list: Race, Power and Activism in America: Resources for Children & Teens.
- Saint Paul Public Library’s curated list: Resources on Race.
- Washington County Library’s curated list: Resources on Race for readers of all ages..
- Random House: Children’s Books By Black Voices to Read with Your Kids Now
- PBS for Parents: 13 Children’s Books About Race and Diversity
- Children’s Theatre Company Suggests Theses 7 Books:
- A Snowy Day
- All Are Welcome
- I am Perfectly Designed
- I can Do Hard Things
- Lola Goes to School
- Last Stop on Market Street
- Full, Full, Full of Love
Teens & Adults Book List
U of M Press – Reading for Racial Justice List– Free to read online and free downloadable discussion guides.