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Youth Book Lists

This LibGuide collects single-topic Youth bibliographies and booklists.

Context and Additional Resources

This book list has a specific focus: it provides suggested titles for kids and teens (and the adults in their lives) about racism and antiracism in the context of ongoing Black-led activism against police violence and inequity in the legal system. It is focused on young people's experiences in the present day, with a few history books added for context.

You can find many more books about African American history, race relations, civil rights movements, prejudice, and racism in the Youth Collection by searching for subject terms such as

  • African Americans -- Civil rights -- History
  • African Americans -- History
  • Black Lives Matter movement
  • Civil rights movements
  • Civil rights workers
  • Lynching
  • Police shootings
  • Racism
  • United States -- Race relations

Reading about anti-Black racism, antiracism, and violence is only one part of a diverse, enriching reading life. If you are looking for broader resources to diversify your curriculum, lesson plan, or reading lists, the "Diverse Children's and Young Adult Literature" guide can help:

If there are other current events or important topics that you would like Youth book recommendations for, please ask!

Nonfiction

Picture Books

Upper Elementary / Intermediate Fiction

Young Adult Fiction (older middle & high school)