Black Lives Matter

Browse this list of books for all ages both fiction and non-fiction selected to celebrate black children, facilitate discussions about race, honor black history, and fight against systemic racism.

Hey Black Child Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316360296
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Published: LB Kids - December 17th, 2019

Six-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and four-time Caldecott Honor recipient Bryan Collier brings this classic, inspirational poem to life, written by poet Useni Eugene Perkins.

Hey black child,

Do you know who you are?

Who really are?Do you know you can be

What you want to be

If you try to be


Brown Sugar Babies Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781368050296
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 12th, 2020

Bubbling brown sugarbubbles Baby's belly.Syrupy sweet sticky centershakes like a bowl of jelly.


Antiracist Baby Board Book Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593110416
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Published: Kokila - June 16th, 2020

A #1 New York Times Bestseller!

From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist comes a fresh new board book that empowers parents and children to uproot racism in our society and in ourselves.


Sulwe Cover Image
By Lupita Nyong'o, Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534425361
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2019

A New York Times bestseller!
Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices!
Recipient of a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award
Recipient of an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Literary Work

From Academy Award–winning actress Lupita Nyong’o comes a pow


A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart Cover Image
By Zetta Elliott, Noa Denmon (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374307417
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - July 21st, 2020

Caldecott Honor Book
Today Show Best Book for the Holidays
ALA Notable Book for All Ages

ALSC Notable Children's Book
NCTE Notable Poetry Book

Evanston Public Library's Top 100 Great Book for Kids
Nerdy Award Winner for Single Poem Picture Book



Let's Talk About Race Cover Image
By Julius Lester, Karen Barbour (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780064462266
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Published: HarperCollins - December 23rd, 2008

"This wonderful book should be a first choice for all collections and is strongly recommended as a springboard for discussions about differences.” —School Library Journal (starred review)


The Colors of Us Cover Image
By Karen Katz, Karen Katz (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780805071634
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Published: Square Fish - October 1st, 2002

A positive and affirming look at skin color, from an artist's perspective.

Seven-year-old Lena is going to paint a picture of herself. She wants to use brown paint for her skin. But when she and her mother take a walk through the neighborhood, Lena learns that brown comes in many different shades.


M Is for Melanin: A Celebration of the Black Child Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781499809169
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Published: little bee books - October 1st, 2019

"Contagiously upbeat, joyful, and positive . . .


My People Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781416935407
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 6th, 2009

This Coretta Scott King Award-winning photography book based on Langston Hughes’s classic poem is perfect for kids and moving and powerful for readers of all ages.

Langston Hughes’​s spare yet eloquent tribute to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Charles R. Smith Jr.


The Undefeated Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328780966
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Published: Versify - April 2nd, 2019

Winner of the 2020 Caldecott Medal
A 2020 Newbery Honor Book
Winner of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

The Newbery Award-winning author of THE CROSSOVER pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree.

Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in t


The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales Cover Image
By Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Diane Dillon, Ph.D. (Illustrator)
$13.00
ISBN: 9780679843368
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 4th, 1993

"The well-known author retells 24 black American folk tales in sure storytelling voice: animal tales, supernatural tales, fanciful and cautionary tales, and slave tales of freedom. All are beautifully readable. With the added attraction of 40 wonderfully expressive paintings by the Dillons, this collection should be snapped up."--(starred) School Library Journal. 


A Child's Introduction to African American History: The Experiences, People, and Events That Shaped Our Country (A Child's Introduction Series) Cover Image
By Jabari Asim, Lynn Gaines (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316436427
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - January 2nd, 2018

A comprehensive, entertaining look at heroes, heroines, and critical moments from African American history -- from the slave trade to the Black Lives Matter movement -- by award-winning author Jabari Asim.


Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans Cover Image
By Kadir Nelson, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780061730795
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Published: Balzer + Bray - December 23rd, 2013

The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. In Heart and Soul, Kadir Nelson's stirring paintings and words grace 100-plus pages of a gorgeous picture book—a beautiful gift for readers of all ages, a treasure to share across generations at home or in the classroom.


The Fierce 44: Black Americans Who Shook Up the World Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328940629
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Published: Clarion Books - December 24th, 2019

A dynamic and hip collective biography that presents forty-four of America’s greatest movers and shakers, from Frederick Douglass to Aretha Franklin to Barack Obama, written by ESPN’s TheUndefeated.com and illustrated with dazzling portraits by Rob Ball.

Meet forty-four of America’s most impressive heroes in this collective biography of African American fi


The Talk: Conversations about Race, Love & Truth Cover Image
By Wade Hudson (Editor), Cheryl Willis Hudson (Editor)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593121610
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - August 11th, 2020

Thirty diverse, award-winning authors and illustrators invite you into their homes to witness the conversations they have with their children about race in America today in this powerful call-to-action that invites all families to be anti-racists and advocates for change.


This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work (Empower the Future #1) Cover Image
By Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780711245211
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - January 7th, 2020

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Recommended by Oprah's Book Club, ESSENCE, We Need Diverse Books, ellentube, Brit + Co, PureWow, Teen Vogue, Time, New York, USA TODAY, and TODAY.com

Also available: This Book Is Anti-Racist Journal, a guided journal with more than 50 activities to support your anti-racism journey


Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow (Scholastic Focus) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781338262049
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Published: Scholastic Nonfiction - January 29th, 2019

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presents a journey through America's past and our nation's attempts at renewal in this look at the Civil War's conclusion, Reconstruction, and the rise of Jim Crow segregation.

This is a story about America during and after Reconstruction, one of history's most pivotal and misunderstood chapters.


Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

The #1 New York Times bestseller and a USAToday bestseller!
A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism--and antiracism--in America


This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.


When They Call You a Terrorist (Young Adult Edition): A Story of Black Lives Matter and the Power to Change the World Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250194985
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Published: Wednesday Books - September 29th, 2020

Patrisse Khan-Cullors' and asha bandele's instant New York Times bestseller, When They Call You a Terrorist is now adapted for the YA audience with photos and journal entries!

A movement that started with a hashtag--#BlackLivesMatter--on Twitter spread across the nation and then across the world.


Edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, and featuring some of the most acclaimed bestselling Black authors writing for teens today—Black Enough is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and Black in America. A selection of the Schomburg Center's Black Liberation Reading List.


GLORY: Magical Visions of Black Beauty Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781250204561
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 20th, 2020

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER.

From Kahran and Regis Bethencourt, the dynamite husband and wife duo behind CreativeSoul Photography, comes GLORY, a photography book that shatters the conventional standards of beauty for Black children.

Featuring a foreword by Amanda Seales


The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing Cover Image
By Anneliese A. Singh, Tim Wise (Foreword by), Derald Wing Sue (Afterword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781684032709
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Published: New Harbinger Publications - August 1st, 2019

Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593230251
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Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST • “An instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times


Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525575320
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Published: Crown - June 30th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A powerful study of how to bear witness in a moment when America is being called to do the same.”—Time
 
James Baldwin grew disillusioned by the failure of the civil rights movement to force America to confront its lies about race. What can we learn from his struggle in our own moment?


The Fire Next Time (Vintage International) Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780679744726
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Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation, gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement—and still lights the way to understanding race in America today.  


Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635572957
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 5th, 2019

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"This is a book that was begging to be written. This is the kind of book that demands a future where well no longer need such a book. Essential." --Marlon James

The most important book for me this year. --Emma Watson

Selected by Emma Watson as the Our Shared Shelf Book Club Pick for January/February 2018


So You Want to Talk About Race Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580058827
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Published: Seal Press - September 24th, 2019

In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America

Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy -- from police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americans -- has put a media spotlight on racism in our society. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about.


Between the World and Me Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: One World - July 14th, 2015

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • NAMED ONE OF TIME’S TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE • PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST • ONE OF OPRAH’S “BOOKS THAT HELP ME THROUGH” • NOW AN HBO ORIGINAL SPECIAL EVENT


The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781631494536
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Published: Liveright - May 1st, 2018

New York Times Bestseller • Notable Book of the Year • Editors' Choice Selection
One of Bill Gates’ “Amazing Books” of the Year
One of Publishers Weekly’s 10 Best Books of the Year
Longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction
An NPR Best Book of the Year
Winner of the Hillman Prize for Nonfiction


How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525509288
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Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.