Kids and Teens Antiracist Nonfiction
Similar to the recommendations for adults, 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 kids and teens.
A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
A for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for.
I’m an Activist by Wil Mara
An introduction to activism teaches about people who are changing the world by campaigning for peace, equality, and conservation.
Of thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama
In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation. From the artistry of Georgia O’Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington, President Obama sees the traits of these heroes within his own children, and within all of America’s children. eBook
We Are All Born Free: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures
An illustrated commemorative edition of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as adopted in 1948 by the United Nations General Assembly offers insight into the world’s shared views about the rights of all people, in a volume complemented by illustrations by such artists as Peter Sis, Satoshi Kitamura, and Marie-Louise Gay.
Raise Your Voice: 12 Protests that Shaped America by Jeffrey Kluger
A recounting of protests throughout American history that have shaped our nation.
Civic Unrest: Investigate the Struggle for Social Change by Marcia Amidon Lusted
An engaging study of the power of human will to change the world examines the history of civic unrest and the methods people employ to advance basic human rights.
Strong Voices: Fifteen American Speeches Worth Knowing
A collection of speeches that showcases the voices of those at the reins of power and of those who are not. Read the original words, sometimes abridged and sometimes in their entirety, that have shaped our cultural fabric. Introductions provide historical context and critical insights into the meaning and impact of every speech. eBook
This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell
Discusses social identities, describes the history of racism and the resistance against it, and offers guidance on becoming an anti-racist voice to move the world toward equality.
Brave. Black. First.: 50+ African American Women Who Changed the World by Cheryl Willis Hudson
Published in partnership with curators from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, this illustrated biography compilation captures the iconic moments of fifty African American women whose heroism and bravery rewrote the American story for the better. They were fearless. They were bold. They were game changers.
Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higgenbotham
A white child sees a TV news report of a white police officer shooting and killing a black man. “In our family, we don’t see color,” his mother says, but he sees the colors plain enough. An afternoon in the library’s history stacks uncover the truth of white supremacy in America. Racism was not his idea and he refuses to defend it.
I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr. paintings by Kadir Nelson
Presents the text of the famous speech given on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. by Martin Luther King, Jr., complemented by paintings illustrating the ideals the civil rights leader described. eBook
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
Features female figures of black history, including abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash. eBook
Say Her Name by Zetta Elliott
A collection of poems that celebrate the creativity, resilience, and courage of Black women and girls.
We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson with Tonya Bolden
From the end of the Civil War to the tumultuous issues in America today, an acclaimed historian reframes the conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America. eBook
Stolen Justice: The Struggle for African-American Voting Rights by Lawrence Goldstone
Following the Civil War, the Reconstruction era raised a new question to those in power in the US: Should African Americans, so many of them former slaves, be granted the right to vote? In a bitter partisan fight over the legislature and Constitution, the answer eventually became yes, though only after two constitutional amendments, two Reconstruction Acts, two Civil Rights Acts, three Enforcement Acts, the impeachment of a president, and an army of occupation. Yet, even that was not enough to ensure that African American voices would be heard, or their lives protected. eBook
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. eBook
A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield
On a hot day in July 1919, five black youths went swimming in Lake Michigan, unintentionally floating close to the “white” beach. An angry white man began throwing stones at the boys, striking and killing one. Racial conflict on the beach erupted into days of urban violence that shook the city of Chicago to its foundations. This mesmerizing narrative draws on contemporary accounts as it traces the roots of the explosion that had been building for decades in race relations, politics, business, and clashes of culture. eBook
Black Girl Magic: A Poem by Mahogany L. Browne
Much of what twenty-first century culture tells black girls is not pretty: Don’t wear this; don’t smile at that; don’t have an opinion; don’t dream big. And most of all, don’t love yourself. In response to such destructive ideas, internationally recognized poet Mahogany L. Browne challenges the conditioning of society by crafting an anthem of strength and magic undeniable in its bloom for all beautiful Black girls. eBook
Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. with Tonya Bolden
In introducing young readers to real-life accounts, and to the resiliency of the African American people at times of progress and betrayal, Professor Gates shares a history that remains vitally relevant today. eAudio
Racial Profiling: Everyday Inequality by Alison Marie Behnke
In the United States, racial profiling affects thousands of Americans every day. Both individuals and institutions such as law enforcement agencies, government bodies, and schools routinely use race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting someone of an offense. Explores the history, the many manifestations, and the consequences of this form of social injustice. eBook