Antiracist Book Recommendations for Middle Grade Readers

Antiracist Book Recommendations for Middle Grade Readers

Continuing our recommendations of titles for those seeking to go beyond the awareness of racism and educate their families, the following list of books in our collection may be of interest to middle grade readers. We also created lists for Adults and Kids and Teen Antiracist Nonfiction.

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys including historical figure Emmett Till. eBook

The Colors of the Rain by R.L. Toalson
After his father is killed, Paulie is sent to live with his Aunt Bee in Houston, a city fighting desegregation, but as Paulie gets into fights with an African American boy, he is forced to accept that his father died defending his African American best friend.

Blended by Sharon M. Draper

Piano-prodigy Isabella, eleven, whose black father and white mother struggle to share custody, never feels whole, especially as racial tensions affect her school, her parents both become engaged, and she and her stepbrother are stopped by police. eBook

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town. eBook

Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson
Rose Lee Carter, a thirteen-year-old African-American girl, dreams of life beyond the Mississippi cotton fields during the summer of 1955, but when Emmett Till is murdered and his killers are unjustly acquitted, Rose is torn between seeking her destiny outside of Mississippi or staying and being a part of an important movement. eBook

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

A black family living in the South during the 1930’s are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don’t understand. eBook

Andrea is a Collection Development Manager for Clermont County Public Library.

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