Anti-Racist Reading List

A Comprehensive Reading List to Inform and Inspire Racial Justice Action

The following are books for each age group to be introduced to and explore race, racial injustice, appreciation of diversity, how to be anti-racist, social justice issues, white privilege, white supremacy, and why and how these issues developed in the United States. This list was compiled by NYLC member René Jameson.

For a list of bookstores owned by Black Americans in the U.S., check here.

Books for Kids

○ All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

○ Something Happened In Our Town by Marianne Celano and Marietta Collins

○ Anti-Racist Baby by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

○ A is For Activist by Innosanto Nagara

○ We’re Different, We’re the Same by Bobbi Kates

○ Lovely by Jess Hong

○ Skin Again by Bell Hooks

○ The Colors of Us by Karen Katz

○ The Skin You Live In by Michael J Tyler

○ The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

○ Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You! By Sonia Sotomayor

○ Let’s Dance by Valerie Bolling

○ Layla’s Happiness by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie

Books for Teens

○ Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

○ Civil Rights Then and Now by Kristina Brooke

○ March Series by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

○ The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

○ Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Books for Young Adult/Adults

○ How to be Anti-Racist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

○ Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad

○ White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

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

○ So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

○ Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

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

○ Stamped From The Beginning by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

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