~ Racial Awareness Book List ~

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Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women's Fight for Their Rights, by Mikki Kendall, A. D'Amico (Illustrator)

An African American and Latinx History of the United States, by Paul Ortiz

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

A Black Women's History of the United States, by Daina Ramey Berry & Kali Nicole Gross

The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West, by Dee Brown

Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine

A Colony in a Nation, by Chris Hayes

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower, by Dr. Brittney Cooper

The End of Policing, by Alex S Vitale

Heart Berries: A Memoir, by Terese Marie Mailhot

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot, by Mikki Kendall

How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi

How to Be Less Stupid about Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide, by Crystal Marie Fleming

How To Kill A City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood, by PE Moskowitz

How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir, by Saeed Jones

How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community, by Mia Birdsong

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

If Beale Street Could Talk, by James Baldwin

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education, by Mychal Denzel Smith

Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color, Andrea Ritchie, Angela Y. Davis (Foreward by)

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson

The Making of Asian America: A History, by Erika Lee

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor, by Layla Saad, Robin Diangelo (Foreword by)

Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America, by Nefertiti Austin

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander 

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy, by Carol Anderson, Dick Durbin (Foreword by)

So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma oluo

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning, by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

Stolen Justice: The Struggle for African American Voting Rights, by Lawrence Goldstone 

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race, by Jesmyn Ward

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, by Michael Eric Dyson

Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston

There, There, by Tommy Orange

Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements, by Charlene Carruthers

The Undocumented Americans, by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson

We Are Called to Be a Movement, by Rev. Dr. William Barber II

We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation, by Jeff Chang

We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom, by Bettina Love

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo, Michael Eric Dyson (Foreword by)

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, by Nancy Isenberg

Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?: Police Violence and Resistance in the United States, by Alicia Garza (Foreword by), Maya Schenwar (Editor), Joe Macare' (Editor)

Why We Can't Wait, by Martin Luther King Jr. 

The World Doesn't Require You: Stories, by Rion Amilcar Scott


Children's and YA Book List:

All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

Anger Is a Gift, by Mark Oshiro

Antiracist Baby, by Ibram X Kendi and Ashley Lukashevsky

Black Is a Rainbow Color, by Ekua Holmes and Angela Joy

Black Brother, Black Brother, by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America, by Ibi Zoboi, Tracey Baptiste, Coe Booth, Dhonielle Clayton, Brandy Colbert, Jay Coles, Lamar Giles, Leah Henderson,  Justina Ireland, Varian Johnson, Kekla Magoon, Tochi Onyebuchi, Jason Reynolds, Nic Stone, Liara Tamani, Renée Watson, Rita Williams-Garcia

Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson

Child of the Dream (a Memoir of 1963), by Sharon Robinson

The Crossover, by Kwame Alexander

Dear Martin, by Nic Stone

Don't Touch My Hair! by Sharee Miller

The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin

The Hate You Give, by Angie Thomas

Hearts Unbroken, by Cynthia Leitich Smith

If You Come Softly, by Jacqueline Woodson

Inside Battle, by Melanie Sumrow

Internment, by Samira Ahmed

Intersectionallies: We Make Room for All, by Chelsea Johnson, Latoya Council, & Carolyn Choi

Lifting as We Climb: Black Women's Battle for the Ballot Box, by Evette Dionne

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, by Vashti Harrison

Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History, by Vashti Harrison and Kwesi Johnson

Love, Hate and Other Filters, by Samira Ahmed

Monster, by Walter Dean Myers

New Kid, by Jerry Craft

Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness, by Anastasia Higginbotham

On the Come Up, by Angie Thomas

The Only Black Girls in Town, by Brandy Colbert

Pet, by Akwaeke Emezi

Piecing Me Together, by Renée Watson

The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo

Say Her Name, by Zetta Elliott, Loveis Wise (Illustrator)

Someday Is Now: Clara Luper and the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-Ins, by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Jade Johnson

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story about Racial Injustice, by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard

Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim

I'm Not Dying with You Tonight, by Gilly Segal & Kimberly Jones

Take the Mic: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance, by Bethany Morrow and Bethany C. Morrow

This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work, by Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durrand (Illustrator)

This Is My America, by Kim Johnson

We Are Not Free, by Traci Chee

We Are Not from Here, by Jenny Torres Sanchez

We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide, by Carol Anderson & Tonya Bolden

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, by Wade Hudson (Editor), Cheryl Willis Hudson (Editor)

What Lane? by Torrey Maldonado

When I Was the Greatest, by Jason Reynolds & Michael Frost

Where Are You From? by Jaime Kim and Yamile Saied Méndez

Woke Baby, by Theodore Taylor & Mahogany L. Browne