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Anti-Racism Books for Children

Book List from Strike for Black Lives

Selected Titles

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965”, by Kelly Lytle Hernández

Fire Shut Up In My Bones, by Charles M. Blow

Heavy, by Kiese Laymon

Homie, by Danez Smith

How to be an Anti-Racist, by Ibram X. Kendi

How We Fight For Our Lives, by Saeed Jones

Notes of a Native Son, by James Baldwin

NW, by Zadie Smith

Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler

Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution and Imprisonment, by Angela Davis

Progressive Dystopia: Abolition, Antiblackness, and Schooling in San Francisco, by Savannah Shange

Race for Profit, by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Race, Reform, and Rebellion: The Second Reconstruction and Beyond in Black America, 1945-2006, (Third Edition 2007), by Manning Marable

Racism: A Short History (2015, original ed. 2002), by George Fredrickson

Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward

Sister Outsider, by Audre Lorde

So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo

Stamped From the Beginning, by Ibram X. Kendi

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, by Arlie Hochschild

The African American and Latinx History of the United States, by Paul Ortiz

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein

The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America (2019), by Khalil Gibran Muhammad

The Economics of Race in the United States, Brendan O'Flaherty

The Karma of Brown Folk, by Vijay Prashad

The Making of Black Lives Matter, by Christopher J. Lebron

The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander

The Origin of Others (2017), by Toni Morrison

The Souls of Black Folks, W.E.B. DuBois

Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements, by Charlene Carruthers

The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson

When Police Kill, by Franklin E. Zimring

When They Call You a Terrorist, by Patrisse Cullors and Asha Bandele

White Rage, by Carol Anderson