Anti-Racist Resources for Children

There are so many empowering and teachable children’s books about race, anti-racism, and social justice. Start the conversation. WFPL is here to help.

Book a Librarian: If your child wants recommendations for what to read next, send us a request and a Children’s Librarian will follow up with you. Zoom, Google Meet, email, and telephone options are available. To start the process, send an email to Emily (emiranda@watertown-ma.gov) or fill out this online form: bit.ly/BookaLibrarianWFPL

Many of the books on this list are in high demand right now. If the book you want is checked out, look out for other titles that are marked as "always available" through the hoopla app.

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Books for Black Joy

Baby Says by John Steptoe (book)

Black Girl Magic by Mahogany L. Browne (book)

Black Is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy (book)

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes (book, Hoopla eBook – always available)

Full, Full, Full of Love by Trish Cooke (book)

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry (book, OverDrive eBook, Hoopla audiobook – always available)

Hands Up! by Breanna J. McDaniel (book)

Hey, Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins (book)

I Am Enough by Grace Byers (book, OverDrive audiobook, Hoopla audiobook – always available)

I Am Loved by Nikki Giovanni (book)

I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown (book)

Layla’s Happiness by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie (book)

Lullaby (for a Black Mother) by Langston Hughes (book)

Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration by Samara Cole Doyon (book, Hoopla audiobook – always available)

M Is for Melanin: A Celebration of the Black Child by Tiffany Rose (book)

Mixed Me! by Taye Diggs (book, Hoopla audiobook – always available)

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe(book, OverDrive audiobook)

Princess Hair by Sharee Miller (book)

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy by Tony Medina (book)

When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff (book)

Where’s Rodney? By Carmen Bogan (book)

Books for Black History

28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World by Charles R. Smith Jr. (book)

All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson (book)

Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz (book, OverDrive eBook, OverDrive audiobook, Hoopla audiobook – always available)

Big Papa and the Time Machine by Daniel Bernstrom (book)

Box: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford (OverDrive eBook, Hoopla audiobook – always available)

Changing the Equation: 50+ US Black Women in STEM by Tonya Bolden (book)

The Case for Loving by Selina Alko (book)

A Child’s Introduction to African American History: The Experiences, People, and Events That Shaped Our Country by Jabari Asim (book)

Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange (book, book with book on CD, Hoopla audiobook – always available)

Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange (book, Hoopla audiobook – always available)

Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History by Walter Dean Myers (book)

Free at Last!: Stories and Songs of Emancipation by Doreen Rappaport (book)

Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford (book, OverDrive eBook, Hoopla audiobook – always available)

Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America by Carole Boston Weatherford (book, Hoopla eBook – always available)

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney (book)

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson (book, Hoopla audiobook – always available)

How to Build a Museum: Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture by Tonya Bolden (book)

Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney (book)

Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz (book)

March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine by Melba Pattillo Beals (book, OverDrive eBook, Hoopla audiobook – always available)

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford (book)

Nobody Gonna Turn Me ‘Round: Stories and Songs of the Civil Rights Movement by Doreen Rappaport (book)

No More!: Stories and Songs of Slave Resistance by Doreen Rappaport (book)

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (book, book on CD, OverDrive eBook,  Hoopla eBook – always available)

Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls by Tonya Bolden (book, Hoopla eBook – always available)

The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales by Virginia Hamilton (book)

The People Could Fly: The Picture Book by Virginia Hamilton (book, OverDrive eBook)

Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis by Jabari Asim (book)

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor (book, book on CD, OverDrive eBook, OverDrive audiobook)

Rosa by Nikki Giovanni (book)

Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey (book)

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford (book, Hoopla audiobook – always available)

Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson (book, book with book on CD, Hoopla audiobook – always available)

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney (book)

Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Davis Pinkney (book)

A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks by Alice Faye Duncan (book)

Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song by Gary Golio (book)

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander (book, OverDrive eBook)

Underground by Shane W. Evans (book)

Voice of Freedom: Fanny Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford (book, Hoopla audiobook – always available)

We March by Shane W. Evans (book)

Young, Gifted, and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present by Jamia Wilson (book)

Related

A Is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara (book, Hoopla eBook – always available)

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman (book, OverDrive eBook)

Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes (book, OverDrive eBook)

Black Lives Matter by Duchess Harris (book)

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (book, book on CD, OverDrive eBook, OverDrive audiobook)

The Colors of Us by Karen Katz (book)

Don’t Touch My Hair! by Sharee Miller (book, OverDrive eBook)

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks (book, OverDrive eBook, Hoopla eBook – always available, Hoopla audiobook – always available)

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams (book, OverDrive audiobook, OverDrive ebook)

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (book, OverDrive eBook, OverDrive audiobook)

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee (book, OverDrive eBook, OverDrive audiobook, Hoopla audiobook – always available)

Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester (book)

New Kid by Jerry Craft (book, OverDrive eBook, OverDrive audiobook, Hoopla eBook – always available, Hoopla audiobook – always available)

Noodlephant by Jacob Kramer (book)

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham (book)

No Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin (book)

The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert (book, OverDrive eBook, OverDrive audiobook)

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson (book, OverDrive eBook, OverDrive audiobook, Hoopla audiobook – always available)

The Power Book by Claire Saunders (book, Hoopla eBook – always available)

Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey (book, Hoopla eBook – always available)

Skin Again by bell hooks (book)

Something Happened In Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Cleano (book, OverDrive eBook, Hoopla audiobook – always available)

This Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell (book)

The Usual Suspects by Maurice Broaddus (book, OverDrive eBook, Hoopla eBook – always available)

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices by Cheryl and Wade Hudson (book)