An Antiracist Reading List for Young Readers

Our present moment serves not only as a call to action, but an opportunity to educate ourselves and our community about the underlying issues that led to the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many, many others. We hope this list provides resources for parents and families to start having difficult and necessary conversations with kids about systemic racism, white privilege, and activism to move toward an antiracist future. 

This list focuses on books recommended for ages 0-12. Looking for more amazing kids books by Black authors and illustrators? Here are more recommendations from our booksellers.

You can find recommended reading for teens here

Not all titles are readily available in-store now, but we are working to get them into your hands as soon as possible.

Curbside Pick-up is available now daily, 10a - 3p (except 1 - 2p on Wednesdays). All orders must be placed online and paid for in advance. 


 

Antiracist Baby Board Book Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593110416
Availability: Backordered. Place an order and we will let you know when to expect your book.
Published: Kokila - June 16th, 2020

A is for Activist Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9781609805395
Availability: Backordered. Place an order and we will let you know when to expect your book.
Published: Triangle Square - November 19th, 2013

The Day You Begin Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399246531
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2018

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316475112
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 5th, 2017

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What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481465618
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Beach Lane Books - September 25th, 2018

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481400701
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 17th, 2017

Don't Touch My Hair! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316562584
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 6th, 2018

I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524769550
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Schwartz & Wade - April 24th, 2018

All Are Welcome Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525579649
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - July 10th, 2018

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781419710544
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - May 6th, 2014

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story about Racial Injustice Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781433828546
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Magination Press - March 1st, 2018

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

Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness (Ordinary Terrible Things) Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781948340007
Availability: Backordered. Place an order and we will let you know when to expect your book.
Published: Dottir Press - September 4th, 2018

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We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices Cover Image
By Wade Hudson (Editor), Cheryl Willis Hudson (Editor)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780525580454
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Yearling - December 31st, 2019

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Ghost Boys Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316262262
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

Black Brother, Black Brother Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316493802
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

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From the Desk of Zoe Washington Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062875853
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 14th, 2020

The Parker Inheritance (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780545952781
Availability: Out of Stock; Usually Arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - June 25th, 2019

Ghost (Track #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481450164
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781541557758
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - February 4th, 2020

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Brown Girl Dreaming Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147515827
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - October 11th, 2016

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New Kid Cover Image
By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062691194
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Quill Tree Books - February 5th, 2019

A Good Kind of Trouble Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062836687
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - March 12th, 2019

The Fierce 44: Black Americans Who Shook Up the World Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328940629
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - December 24th, 2019

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Other Words for Home Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062747808
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - May 28th, 2019

When Stars Are Scattered Cover Image
By Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed, Victoria Jamieson (Illustrator), Iman Geddy (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780525553908
Availability: Out of Stock; Usually Arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Dial Books - April 14th, 2020

What Lane? Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525518433
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - April 14th, 2020

Amina's Voice Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481492072
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - May 1st, 2018

Genesis Begins Again Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481465809
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - January 15th, 2019

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Echo Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780439874021
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - February 24th, 2015