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Picture Books and Younger Elementary
All the Colors We Are: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color/Todos los Colores de Nuestra Piel: la Historia de por Qué Tenemos Diferentes Colores de Piel   Katie Kissinger   (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 612.79 Kis)

Explains, in simple terms, the reasons for skin color, how it is determined by heredity, and how various environmental factors affect it. Recommended for ages 6-9.

Beauty Woke   NoNieqa Ramos   (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ram)

A young multiracial Puerto Rican girl learns how to embrace her culture and heritage, even after seeing discrimination against people who look like her. Suggested for ages 3–6.

Black is a Rainbow Color   Angela Joy   (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Joy)

A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on. Recommended for ages 3-6.

Don't Touch My Hair!   Sharee Miller   (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mil)

Aria loves her soft and bouncy hair, but must go to extremes to avoid people who touch it without permission until, finally, she speaks up. Includes author's note. Recommended for ages 3–6.

Home Is In Between   Mitali Perkins   (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Per)

After immigrating to the U.S., Shanti finds the challenges and joys of navigating between her family’s Bengali traditions and the culture of her new home. Suggested for ages 3–6.

I Am Every Good Thing   Derrick Barnes   (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bar)

An empowering homage to the strength, character, and worth of Black children. Suggested for ages 3–6.

Intersection Allies: We Make Room for All   Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, Carolyn Choi   (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Joh)

A poetic exploration of the nuances of identity and differences as a source of community. The poem, introductions, and authors notes are all written by experts on the subject of intersectionality. Suggested for ages 3–6.

Something Happened in our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice   Marianne Celano   (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 305.8 Cel)

After discussing the police shooting of a local Black man with their families, Emma and Josh know how to treat a new student who looks and speaks differently than his classmates. Recommended for ages 6–9.

What’s the Difference? Being Different is Amazing   Doyin Richards   (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ric)

Photographs and simple text celebrate friendship, diversity, and acceptance. Recommended for ages 3–6.

Where Are You From?   Yamile Saied Méndez   (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Men)

When a young girl is asked where she's from, where she's really from, she decides to turn to her dear abuelo for some help with this question. But he doesn't give her the answer she expects. Recommended for ages 3–6.

Older Elementary
Amina's Voice   Hena Khan   (Juvenile Fiction - J Khan)

A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family's vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community. Recommended for ages 9–12.

A Good Kind of Trouble   Lisa Moore Ramée   (Juvenile Fiction - J Ramee)

After attending a powerful protest, Shayla starts wearing an armband to school to support the Black Lives Matter movement, but when the school gives her an ultimatum, she is forced to choose between her education and her identity. Recommended for ages 9-12+

Maizy Chen's Last Chance   Lisa Yee   (Juvenile Fiction - J Yee)

When eleven-year-old Maizy Chen spends the summer with her grandparents in Last Chance, Minnesota, she faces discrimination and makes unexpected discoveries about her family through the history of anti-Asian racism in the U.S. Suggested for ages 9–12.

Mascot   Charles Waters, Traci Sorell   (Juvenile Fiction - J Wat)

After being given an assignment to discuss their school’s mascot, six middle schoolers—all with different backgrounds and beliefs—come to new understandings about identity, tradition, and what it means to stand up for real change. Suggested for ages 9–12.

Me and White Supremacy: Young Readers' Edition   Layla F. Saad   (Juvenile Nonfiction – J 305.8 Saa)

This approachable guide helps young readers explore and process racism, white privilege, cultural appropriation, and more. Suggested for ages 9–12.

New Kid   Jerry Craft   (Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Craft New Kid)

Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade and feels torn between two worlds, not really fitting into either. Can he navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself? Recommended for ages 9–12+.

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness   Anastasia Higginbotham   (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 305.8 Hig)

A White child sees a TV news report of a White police officer shooting and killing a Black man. An afternoon at the library uncovers the truth of white supremacy in America. Recommended for ages 9–12.

The Talk: Conversations about Race, Love & Truth   Wade Hudson, Cheryl Willis Hudson   (Juvenile Nonfiction – J 305.8009 Tal)

A collection of essays, poems, and stories by thirty diverse authors and illustrators addressing the frank conversations parents have with their children about race, identity, and self-esteem. Suggested for ages 9–12.

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise our Voices   (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 303.4 We)

What do we tell our children when the world seems bleak, and prejudice and racism run rampant? With 96 lavishly designed pages of original art and prose, fifty diverse creators lend voice to young activists. Recommended for ages 9-12+

What Lane?   Torrey Maldonado   (Juvenile Fiction - J Mal)

Biracial sixth-grader Stephen questions the limitations society puts on him after he notices the way strangers treat him when he hangs out with his White friends and learns about the Black Lives Matter movement. Recommended for ages 9–12.