A list of 36 children’s and young adults’ books to keep the conversation going on racism and discrimination compiled by writer Sophia Montalban. If you are looking to purchase a book, here is a list of 8 Black-owned independent bookstores you can support.

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

The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore 

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi 

The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang 

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson 

This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work by Tiffany Jewell 

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

New Kid by Jerry Craft

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds

Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer by Carole Boston Weatherford

All American Boys by Brendan Kiely and Jason Reynolds

When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and The Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick Hill 

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz

Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged by Jody Nyasha Warner and Richard Rudnicki 

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne by Carole Boston Weatherford 

Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills by Renee Watson

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History by Walter Dean Myers

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

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry

 

STORY SOPHIA MONTALBAN

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