A Selection of Books Exploring Race and Racism

Parents of Black and brown kids know that instilling their kids with a sense of racial identity and talking about how racism will inevitably affect their lives -- and possibly even their safety -- are essential life lessons. Parents of White kids, on the other hand, often don't feel the same pressure. But as racist violence continues to erupt, discussing race, racism, and the history of racial oppression in the United States and the world is just as essential for White families. These are not easy conversations to have, but movies, TV, and books -- as well as other media and tech -- can be powerful tools to help you get started. Remember, media makes a big impression on kids. But the messages you send -- from the media you choose, to the conversations you initiate -- are what kids will hold in their hearts and minds long after the final credits. - Common Sense Media 

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Cover Image
By Michelle Alexander, Cornel West (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781595586438
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: New Press - January 16th, 2012

Between the World and Me Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: One World - July 14th, 2015

Citizen: An American Lyric Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781555976903
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

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The Hate U Give Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781568585284
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Published: Bold Type Books - June 14th, 2016

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White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807047415
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Published: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018

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The Sellout: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250083258
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Published: Picador - March 1st, 2016

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Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780991331307
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Published: Elephant Room Press - January 9th, 2014

The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780307278449
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Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250135995
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 17th, 2017

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I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781524760854
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Published: Convergent Books - May 15th, 2018

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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781631494536
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Published: Liveright - May 1st, 2018

100% required reading. 


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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

Recommend this book for older kids & their parents. Family reading - discussion.


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All American Boys Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781481463348
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference, and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501160288
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Published: Atria Books - November 12th, 2019

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812984965
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Published: One World - August 18th, 2015

Juneteenth for Mazie (Fiction Picture Books) Cover Image
By Floyd Cooper, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
$5.95
ISBN: 9781479558209
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Published: Picture Window Books - January 1st, 2016

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White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781632864130
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 5th, 2017