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Anti-Racism: A Reading List

The Montclair Public Library joins in supporting the statement of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) in condemning violence and racism towards Black people and all People of Color. Black Americans are two-and-a-half times as likely as white Americans to be killed by the police. We cannot tolerate or allow prejudice, ignorance, and hatred in our society.

We pledge to continue educating our community by providing programming and resources that address the issues of race and inequality.

“There is no finish line to being antiracist; we should be striving in each moment to be antiracist.” Jason Reynolds

On May 27, 2020, School Library Journal (SLJ) hosted a virtual version of “Day of Dialog” where publishers, authors, illustrators, librarians, and teachers get together and learn. The opening keynote to the conference was Jason Reynolds and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi who spoke about their book, “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You” (audiobook; eBook). Recent events have highlighted the necessity for books and discussions which, in the words of Jason Reynolds, act as “a type of vaccine” for the virus of racism which infects us in ways that we don’t always see.

We have put together a list of fiction and non-fiction books for all ages to help us understand and examine the hows and whys society is structured as it is and how we can change ourselves and our policies to the benefit of all.

CBS Interview with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

SLJ’s: Stamped Educator’s Guide

Books for Youth

Juvenile 

Non-Fiction

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice” by Marianne Celano and Leslie Green
Audiobook

Enough! 20 Protesters Who Changed America” by Emily Easton and Ziyue Chen
eBook

A is for Activist” by Innosanto Nagara
eBook

The Undefeated” by Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson
eBook

Martin Rising: Requiem For a King” by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney
eBook

Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X” by Ilyasah Shabazz
eBook

28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World” by Charles R. Smith, Jr.
Audiobook

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library” by Carole Boston Weatherford
Audiobook

Fiction

I Am Enough” by Grace Byers (Picture book)
Read-a-long
eBook
Audiobook

The Mighty Miss Malone” by Christopher Paul Curtis (Chapter book)
eBook
Audiobook

AntiRacist Baby” by Ibram X. Kendi (Release date: June 15, 2020)
eBook

Finding Langston” by Lesa Cline-Ransome (Chapter book)
eBook

The Story of Ruby Bridges” by Robert Coles and George Ford (Picture book)
eBook

Skin Again” by bell hooks (Picture book)
eBook

The Parker Inheritance” by Varian Johnson (Chapter book)
eBook
Audiobook

“Ruth and the Green Book” by Calvin Alexander Ramsey (Picture book)
eBook

Betty Before X” by Ilyasah Shabazz (Chapter book)
Audiobook

Young Adult/Teen

Non-Fiction

Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow” by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Tonya Bolden
eBook

“March” (series) by John Lewis
Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
Available as eBooks:
Book 1
Book 2
Book 3

On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope” by DeRay Mckesson (adult title recommended for older teens)
eBook
Audiobook

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning” by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
eBook
Audiobook

Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight for Justice” (adapted for young adults) by Bryan A. Stevenson
eBook
Audiobook

Fiction

Tyler Johnson Was Here” by Jay Coles
eBook
Audiobook

All American Boys” by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
eBook
Audiobook

X: A Novel” by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon
eBook

Dear Martin” by Nic Stone
eBook
Audiobook

The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
eBook
Audiobook

Piecing Me Together” by Renee Watson
eBook

Watch Us Rise” by Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan
eBook

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America” edited by Ibi Zoboi
eBook
Audiobook

Books for Adults

Non-Fiction

“The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander
eBook

“We Can’t Breathe” by Jabari Asim
eBook

“The Fire Next Time” by James Baldwin
eBook
Audiobook

“I Am Not Your Negro” by James Baldwin
eBook

“Things That Make White People Uncomfortable” by Michael Bennett
eBook

“I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness” by Austin Channing Brown
eBook

“We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
eBook
Audiobook

“The Cress Theory: Surviving Racism in the 21st Century” by Guest Colossill (Available as a print book)

“White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo
eBook
Audiobook

“What Truth Sounds Like: RFK, James Baldwin and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America” by Michael Eric Dyson
Audiobook

“Why I’m No Longer Speaking To White People About Race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge (Available as a print book)

“How to Be Less Stupid About Race” by Crystal Marie Fleming
eBook
Audiobook

“Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin” by Sybrina Fulton
eBook
Audiobook

“How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi
eBook
Audiobook

“Stamped From the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” by Ibram X. Kendi
eBook
Audiobook

“It’s Time to Talk (and Listen): How to Have Constructive Conversations About Race, Class, Sexuality, Ability & Gender in a Polarized World” by Anatasia S. Kim and Alicia del Prado
eBook

“The Making of Black Lives Matter: A Brief history of an Idea” by Christopher J. Lebron
eBook

“They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement” by Wesley Lowery
eBook

“The Color of Water” by James McBride
eBook
Audiobook

“So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo
eBook
Audiobook

“Me and White Supremacy” by Layla Saad
eBook

“Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” By Beverly Daniel Tatum
eBook

“Race Matters” by Cornel West
eBook
Audiobook

“The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” by Isabel Wilkerson
eBook

Fiction

“Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
eBook
Audiobook

“Kindred” by Octavia Butler
eBook
Audiobook

“Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi
eBook
Audiobook

“Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston
eBook
Audiobook

“An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones
eBook
Audiobook

“The Cutting Season” by Attica Locke
eBook

“The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison
eBook
Audiobook

“Devil in a Blue Dress” by Walter Mosley
eBook

“Such a Fun Age” by Kiley Reid
eBook
Audiobook

“The Vulture” by Gil Scott-Heron
eBook

“Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jesmyn Ward
eBook

“Another Brooklyn” by Jacqueline Woodson
eBook
Audiobook

“Native Son” by Richard Wright
eBook
Audiobook

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The Library will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.