Below is some suggested reading that we hope can help facilitate the conversation and help us move to REAL CHANGE. It is only a small sample of the broad range of books for readers of all ages and reading styles. If you would like additional recommendations, please call or email the store.
As of right now (early June 2020) we have sold out of most books on the list but the publishers are working on re-printing and if you order them we will make sure that we get them to you as soon as possible.
Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other.
This might be one of the best books ever for a parent child book group. It looks at history in a new way, while giving pointers on how to do better going forward.
DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.
This “powerful and disturbing history” exposes how American governments deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide (New York Times Book Review).
"Oluo gives us--both white people and people of color--that language to engage in clear, constructive, and confident dialogue with each other about how to deal with racial prejudices and biases."
--National Book Review
Now celebrating 10-years since publication, this was one of the first books to restart the conversation about the pervasive and insidious impact of racism in our country through looking at how our history has led to the mass incarceration of black people.
A profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son.
"Basically the finest essay I’ve ever read. . . . Baldwin refused to hold anyone’s hand. He was both direct and beautiful all at once. He did not seem to write to convince you. He wrote beyond you." --Ta-Nehisi Coates
A 28-day journey on how to dismantle the privilege within so that we can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.
Appropriate for you middle schooler who is trying to figure out how to make a difference
The adult version of Bryan Stevenson's bestselling look at the impact of incarceration and miscarriages of justice. Read it with your middle schooler or teen (Young Reader's Edition available below).
Basis for the film -- read and watch together.
Book One in the National Book Award winning graphic novel trilogy about the life of civil rights icon, Congressman John Lewis.
A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history
A very powerful, well told and balanced portrayal of a girl struggling with the death of her friend shot by the police. For teens, or for a parent/child discussion.
A story about divorce and racial identity, perfect for your tween. On a lot of school summer reading lists.
A good way to start the conversation with your 4-8 year old
Follows two families, one black, one white after a black man is shot in their town, for children 4-8 years old.
From the author of Stamped and How to be an Anti-Racist!