Advancing Racial Equity

Juvenile Fiction

Ghost Boys

Jewell Parker Rhodes
(Juvenile Fiction - J Rhodes)

After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys including historical figure Emmett Till. Recommended for ages 9-12.

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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.

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Juvenile Graphic Novel

New Kid

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

After his parents send him to a prestigious private school known for its academics, Jordan Banks finds himself torn between two worlds. Recommended for ages 9-12.

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Juvenile Nonfiction

All the Colors We Are

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 3-6.

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Let's Talk About Race

Julius Lester
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 305.8 Le)

Offers readers a poetic introduction to the topic of race as the differences and unique features of races are celebrated while discussing the important bond everyone shares with one another as human beings through many common similarities. Recommended for ages 6-9.

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Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness

Anastasia Higginbotham
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 305.8 Hig)
Series: Ordinary terrible things

People of Color are eager for White people to deal with their racial ignorance. White people are desperate for an affirmative role in racial justice. Recommended for ages 9-12.

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Something Happened in Our Town

Marianne Celano
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 305.8 Cel)

Following a police shooting, two families—one White and one Black—discuss the event, its aftermath, and what they can do to help. Recommended for ages 6-9.

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Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy

Tony Medina
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 811 Med)

A fresh perspective of young men of color depicting thirteen views of everyday life: young boys dressed in their Sunday best, running to catch a bus, and growing up to be teachers, and much more. Recommended for ages 6-9.

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This Book is Antiracist

Tiffany Jewell
- Illustrated by Aurélia Durand
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 305.8009 Jew)

This book is written for the young person who doesn't know how to speak up to the racist adults in their life. Recommended for ages 9-12+

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Juvenile Picture Books

I Walk with Vanessa

Kerascoët
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ker)

An elementary school girl witnesses the bullying of another girl, but she is not sure how to help. Recommended for ages 3-6.

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Strictly No Elephants

Lisa Mantchev
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Man)

When the local Pet Club will not admit his tiny pet elephant, a little boy discovers a way to help everyone understand that pets, like all friends, come in many shapes and sizes. Recommended for ages 3-6.

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