Books to Support Conversations On Race

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We are so happy that these books have been in high demand. Many of them may be checked out from our library, so we encurage you to put them on hold!

Books for Adults

Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates (Audiobook)

What Truth Sounds Like: RFK, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in AmericaMichael Eric Dyson

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir – Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do – Jennifer Eberhardt

Heavy: An American Memoir – Kiese Laymon

White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue…and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation – Lauren Michele Jackson

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow – Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

River of Blood: American Slavery from the People Who Lived It: Interviews & Photographs of Formerly Enslaved African Americans – Edited - Richard Cahan and Michael Williams

Settlin’: Stories of Madison's Early African American Families - Muriel Simms

Books for Younger Children

Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X - Ilyasah Shabazz, & AG Ford

Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills - Renée Watson & Christian Robinson

Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis - Jabari Asim & E.B. Lewis

Rosa - Nikki Giovanni & Bryan Collier

Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride - Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up - Sitting Down - Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney

The Hat That Wore Clara B. - Melanie Morrison & Frank Turner-Denstaedt

In Your Hands - Carole Boston Weatherford & Brian Pinkney

Happy to be Nappy –Bell Hooks & Chris Raschka

Freedom Summer - Deborah Wiles &, Jerome Lagarrigue

Hands Up! - Breanna McDaniel & Shane Evans

Full, Full, Full of Love - Trish Cooke & Paul Howard

Books for Older Children

Piecing Me Together - Renée Watson

Let the Circle Be Unbroken - Mildred Taylor & Lynne Thigpen

Stella by Starlight - Sharon M. Draper

One Crazy Summer - Rita Williams-Garcia

We Shall Overcome: A Song that Changed the World - Stuart Stotts & Terrance Cummings

I, Too, am America - Langston Hughes & Bryan Collier

The Undefeated - Kwame Alexander & Kadir Nelson

Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History - Walter Dean Myers & Floyd Cooper

Show Way - Jacqueline Woodson & Hudson Talbott

Knock Knock : My Dad's Dream For Me –Daniel Collier & Bryan Beaty

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement - Carole Boston Weatherford & Ekua Holmes

All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom - Angela Johnson & Earl B Lewis

Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters - Andrea Davis Pinkney & Stephen Alcorn

Books for Teens

Autobiography of My Dead Brother - Walter Dean Myers & Christopher Myers

Darius & Twig - Walter Dean Myers

How it Went Down - Kekla Magoon

All American Boys - Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

On the Come Up - Angie Thomas

Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems - Sonia Sanchez

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America - Ibi Aanu Zoboi

The Black Lives Matter Movement - Peggy Parks

Dear Martin – Nic Stone

A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 – Claire Hartfield

I am Alfonso Jones - Tony Medina, Stacey Robinson & John Jennings

March Book Two – John Lewis


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