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Anti-Racism Reading List for Young Readers, by Age

The recommended books below are anti-racist and specifically combat anti-Blackness.

Click each title to read more about the book. See this list for young readers with their covers here. For anti-racism books for adults, click here. For our Black Voices book list, click here.

Babies & Toddlers

A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara

Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi

Woke Baby by Mahogany L. Browne

 

For Ages 4-8

Hands Up! by Breanna J. McDaniel

Let's Talk about Race by Julius Lester

Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness by Anastasia Higgenbotham

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story about Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

 

For Ages 10-14

Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (this book is part of our Summer Reading Program)

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee (hardcover edition available here)

Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice by Bryan Stevenson

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Say Her Name by Zetta Elliot

Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You by Jason Reynolds

Take the Mic: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance edited by Bethany C. Morrow

This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons of How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell (this book is part of our Summer Reading Program)

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice by Mahogany L. Brown

 

For Ages 14 & Up

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro (hardcover edition available here)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina

Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice by Bryan Stevenson

Light It Up by Kekla Magoon

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope edited by Patrice Caldwell

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Say Her Name by Zetta Elliot

Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You by Jason Reynolds

Take the Mic: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance edited by Bethany C. Morrow

This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell (this book is part of our Summer Reading Program)

Things That Make White People Uncomfortable (Adapted for Young Readers) by Michael Bennett