Anti-Racism Reading Lists for Adults and Teens

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As a library, we strive to be a place of belonging and discovery for our community. A safe, respectful, and welcoming place providing access to information and resources for everyone. Librarians have curated these book lists as a place to get started. Through exploration and discussion of diverse voices and thought, we hope to provide pathways for understanding, compassion, and change. For children's book recommendations, please see our kids books and reading page.

Adult Non-Fiction

  • Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble
  • An African American and LatinX History of the United States by Paul Ortiz
  • Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens by Brooke Hauser
  • Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving
  • When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Adult Fiction

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
  • Queenie by Candace Carty-Williams
  • Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  • Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
  • The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins
  • The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennet
  • The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Your Black Friend by Ben Passmore

YA Non-Fiction

  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, Young Reader’s Edition by Trevor Noah
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow by Henry Gates and Tonya Bolden
  • Hidden Figures by Margot Shetterly
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • Stamped: Racism, Anti Racism, and You by Jason Reynolds
  • The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
  • The Undefeated by Kawme Alexander
  • This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 lessons on How to Wake up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell
  • We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
  • We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices by Wade Hudson

YA Fiction

  • A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee
  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
  • Blended by Sharon Draper
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon
  • Light It Up by Kekla Magoon
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez
  • Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
  • Slay by Brittney Morris
  • Swing by Kwame Alexander
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

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