Anti-Racism and Black Lives Matter Suggested Reading

By Nicole Andrews on June 04th, 2020

We stand with our community against racism and injustice. If these difficult times have left you with questions and a desire to learn, we recommend exploring the free e-resources available to you through the Library.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Talking to Kids about Race and Racism

Mixed Me! by Taye Diggs

On the Playground: Our First Talk about Prejudice by Dr. Jillian Roberts

Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano

What's Racism by Amy B. Rogers

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry


Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée

The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Young Adult

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz


So You Want to Talk about Raceby Ijeoma Oluo 

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad 

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin Diangelo

Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody 

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin 

The Fire This Time edited by Jesmyn Ward 

Non-Fiction Books about Canada

Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present by Robyn Maynard

Go to School, You're a Little Black Boy by Lincoln Alexander

Fear of a Black Nation by David Austin

The Nova Scotia Black Experience by Bridglal Pachi

After Canaan by Wayde Compton

Adult Fiction

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi 

The Color Purple by Alice Walker 

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead 

The Known World by Edward P. Jones 

Precious by Sapphire