Anti-Racist Reading

By Lily's Books

By Lily's Books

I believe that reading is ideally inherently anti-racist. Readers are people who constantly inform themselves, engage critically, & aim for empathy. Are all books anti-racist? No. Books can be racist. Propaganda starts with ideas; so do books. 

 

This list purposefully mixes books for different ages and from different genres: pick anything that appeals & read something new to you. 

I personally recommend the books below, and hope you find something to read that challenges, educates, and entertains you. Choose what sounds good instead of what you think you should read. Starting is what's important.

Ghost Boys

Jewell Parker Rhodes

$7.99 $7.35

Read this book aloud as a family. Jerome is the 12-year-old narrator of this heartbreaking, beautiful, important book. Jerome is also dead. He is playing on his way home from school one day when a police officer shoots him. Jerome is guided on the other side by Emmeett Till, where they watch over the aftermath - Jerome's grieving family, the cop's family, and the community as a whole. I wholeheartedly recommend this book, and all of the author's books. - Lily

Dreamland Burning

Jennifer Latham

$10.99 $10.11

Two narrators take turns narrating their stories in Tulsa, OK. Rowan is a mixed race teenager living in the modern city. Will lives there in 1921, the year the city's thriving Greenwood district burned to the ground. The author includes a lot to discuss here including race in America and the treatment of Osage Indians in Oklahoma. Written for YA readers, but recommended for adults wanting to learn more too. - Lily

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped from the Beginning

Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi

$18.99 $17.47

Read. This. Book. 1 - Jason Reynolds wrote this so a wide audience will find it accessible. Late elementary-aged-kids and up (to adults!) can engage with this book. 2 - Ibram X. Kendi is brilliant. He puts the history of Americans' understanding of race into context. This is a book for everyone. - Lily

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Ibram X Kendi

$19.99 $18.39

Ibram X. Kendi's history of race is award-winning for readers ready to really engage deeply with the subject. - Lily

The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas

$18.99 $17.47

One of my all-time favorite books. Angie Thomas is a superb writer. Every word is here for a reason. - Lily

A Princess in Theory: Reluctant Royals

Alyssa Cole

$7.99 $7.35

Romantic wish fulfillment for adults who have fantasies more aligned with Disney Princesses than Marvel. - Lily

Queenie

Candice Carty-Williams

$16.00 $14.72

Queenie, the 20-something narrator of this book is maybe best described as a black, modern-day Bridget Jones. Like so many people in their twenties Queenie wants to know what her life is going to be like now. She's also trying to walk between the cultural expectations of her immigrant family and her English friends & coworkers. A good summer read for late teens & adults with a little more context for discussions. - Lily

Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Talia Hibbert

$15.99 $14.71

I'm still in love with this book, and I read it a while ago. Chloe has a chronic illness that has ruled her life; this year she's going to live a little more. Falling in love is not on her list, but reading about her romance (which happens to be mixed-race) sure is fun! - Lily P.S. - Having trouble getting back into reading lately? Give well-written romance a try! A fast-paced, fun read might get you back on track.

Take a Hint, Dani Brown

Talia Hibbert

$15.99 $14.71

Chloe Brown's sister is the star here. Dani Brown is a PhD student; her love interest is a Muslim security guard who suddenly becomes the star of a viral internet video. Both characters are fully fleshed out humans with complicated motivations of their own, which is why I enjoy these romances so much. - Lily

So You Want to Talk about Race

Ijeoma Oluo

$16.99 $15.63

Frank and readable essays exploring everything about race, gender, immigration, and intersectionality in America. Almost all readers will probably have to confront some truths as they read this book, but that's the point. - Lily

The Voting Booth

Brandy Colbert

$18.99 $17.47

Two teens try to vote for the first time in the 2020 Presidential election. Marva is one of the first voters at her precinct before school; Duke's told his registration is lost. Seeing Duke get turned away, Marva decides they're skipping school and getting his vote counted. This book is proof that fun reads can also be educational & empowering. Recommended for teens+. - Lily

How to Be an Antiracist

Ibram X Kendi

$27.00 $24.30

The title says it all. There's a lot to think about here, so I recommend this book to adults. - Lily

Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

$26.00 $23.40

Ta-Nehisi Coates' book is a classic. - Lily

The Water Dancer

Ta-Nehisi Coates

$28.00 $25.20

Literary fiction meets magical realism in Ta-Nehisi Coates' first novel about a black man in Reconstruction America. - Lily

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

Ta-Nehisi Coates

$18.00 $16.56

Ta-Nehisi Coates compares the period between Reconstruction & Jim Crow to the 8 years of Obama's Presidency and the current administration. - Lily

Black Panther, Book 1: A Nation Under Our Feet

Brian Stelfreeze

$16.99 $15.63

The start of Ta-Nehisi Coates writing for Marvel. This sets the stage for King T'Challa and the kingdom of Wakanda in the future comics. - Lily

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 2

Chris Sprouse

$15.99 $14.71

Shuri, T'Challa's sister, has more of a role to play in the second Black Panther comic written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. - Lily

Shuri: The Search for Black Panther

Nnedi Okorafor

$15.99 $14.71

Shuri takes the reigns of Wakanda when T'Challa is off exploring deep space. She'd rather be experimenting in her lab though. Beloved Marvel characters like Groot & Rocket Raccoon make appearances making this comic OK for middle-school kids as well as older readers. - Lily

The Stars Beneath Our Feet

David Barclay Moore

$7.99 $7.35

Lolly is a boy grieving his brother, recently killed in a gang shooting. Lolly is also a boy who loves Legos. Lolly is almost a man. Should he follow in the footsteps of so many boys in his neighborhood and join a gang? Or maybe he can build something more for himself and his community. - Lily

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

Roxane Gay

$16.99 $15.63

Feminist essays about living in a black female body from phenomenal thinker & writer Roxane Gay. - Lily

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Vashti Harrison

$16.99 $15.63

Vashti Harrison's illustrations are gleeful. Each woman is celebrated with a short biography and gorgeous illustration imagining her as a child. You probably know Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Katherine Johnson, and will happily learn about many more ground-breakers. - Lily

Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History

Vashti Harrison

$17.98 $16.54

Seeing Barack Obama drawn in Vashti Harrison's joyful style is wonderful; learning about black men who persisted beyond Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Jackie Robinson is even better. - Lily

Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World

Vashti Harrison

$17.99 $16.55

Vashti Harrison celebrates internationality with illustrations & brief bios of Toni Morrison, Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie, and many more exceptional women. - Lily

Hair Love

Vashti Harrison and Matthew A Cherry

$17.98 $16.54

When Mommy is busy, Daddy helps Zuri style her curly, kinky hair. - Lily

Dream Big, Little One

Vashti Harrison

$8.99 $8.27

A board book introduces babies to 18 groundbreaking women. - Lily

Think Big, Little One

Vashti Harrison

$8.99 $8.27

A board book introduces babies to 18 groundbreaking women. - Lily

Follow Your Dreams, Little One

Vashti Harrison

$8.99 $8.27

A board book introduces babies to 18 groundbreaking men. - Lily

Don't Touch My Hair!

Sharee Miller

$17.98 $16.54

A celebration of bodily autonomy & consent for picture book readers. - Lily

Princess Hair

Sharee Miller

$7.99 $7.35

Hair is gorgeous in all its styles! Written for picture book readers. - Lily

I Love My Hair!

Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and E. B. Lewis

$8.99 $8.27

A mom helps a girl see her beauty when a hair comb hurts in this picture book. - Lily

Bippity Bop Barbershop

Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and E. B. Lewis

$8.99 $8.27

Miles gets his hair cut for the first time when he joins his dad at the barbershop in this delightful picture book. - Lily

Whose Toes Are Those?

Jabari Asim and Leuyen Pham

$7.99 $7.35

Count toes and learn new vocabulary in this fun board book for babies. - Lily

Girl of Mine

Jabari Asim and Leuyen Pham

$7.99 $7.35

Sweetly sing baby to sleep with this gentle board book. - Lily

A Child's Introduction to African American History: The Experiences, People, and Events That Shaped Our Country

Jabari Asim and Lynn Gaines

$19.98 $18.38

Written for late-elementary and middle-school students with heavy illustrations, this is really a what-they-didn't-teach-you-in-school read for everyone who needs a primer. - Lily

Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington

Jabari Asim

$18.99 $17.47

Introduce Booker T. Washington to picture book readers. - Lily

Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves

Glory Edim

$20.00 $18.00

Essays about the importance of representative in literature. Seeing oneself on the page is powerful. - Lily

All American Boys

Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

$11.99 $11.03

In the face of a great wrong, inaction is also wrong. Rashad narrates his chapters from a hospital bed after a white police officer beats him almost to death. Quinn narrates his chapters from relative safety until he realizes his silence is protecting a man who should not be a police officer. This is a book for older teens and adults. - Lily

Long Way Down

Jason Reynolds

$11.99

A Newbery, Coretta Scott King, & Printz Honor book for a reason. The 306 pages of this novel take place over a 60 second elevator ride as 15-year-old Will tries to decide how to handle his brother's death to gun violence. - Lily

Homegoing

Yaa Gyasi

$16.95 $15.59

In 18th century Ghana, one sister lives in a castle on the coast; the other is sold into slavery. Through the years, their descendants are tracked and the choices made for them are shown leading to the current moment. A firecracker of a debut novel. - Lily

They Can't Kill Us All: The Story of the Struggle for Black Lives

Wesley Lowery

$17.99 $16.55

Complicated nonfiction reporting that follows the families of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray, and their communities. - Lily

The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde

$21.95 $19.76

300+ poems from the groundbreaking black, lesbian, feminist poet. - Lily

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

Audre Lorde

$16.99 $15.63

Audre Lodre's clarion call for intersectional feminism. - Lily

A Burst of Light: And Other Essays

Audre Lorde and Jen Keenan

$22.95 $20.66

"To acknowledge privilege is the first step in making it available for wider use. Each of us is blessed in some particular way, whether we recognize our blessings or not." - Audre Lorde, A Burst of Light

The Thing Around Your Neck

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

$15.95 $14.67

Short stories exploring how America & Africa are connected. - Lily

Americanah

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

$16.00 $14.72

Nigerian immigrants survive post-9/11 America & England waiting to be reunited. - Lily

Purple Hibiscus

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

$15.95 $14.67

The lives of sheltered Nigerian siblings change when a coup threatens to topple their country and their family's stability. - Lily

We Should All Be Feminists

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

$8.95 $8.23

Like reading a conversation with a friend who is explaining why her experience matters. - Lily

We Need New Names

Noviolet Bulawayo

$16.99 $15.63

Darling had an innocent childhood in Zimbabwe until she's ten; then violence forces her to emigrate to live with her aunt in Detroit, Michigan. From there the novel deals with the immigrant experience, and how it intersects with race in America. - Lily

Becoming

Michelle Obama

$32.50 $29.25

It's Michelle Obama. I mean, come on. - Lily

An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club)

Tayari Jones

$16.95 $15.59

Newlyweds' lives are interrupted when the man is falsely imprisoned. Injustice reverberates widely, the author shows. - Lily

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Anniversary)

Michelle Alexander

$18.98 $17.46

Felons can't vote in most states. Nor can they rent in most places, or easily get employment. America imprisons more people per capita than any other country. Three times more black people are in prison than the rest of the population. An important argument for fully ending slavery in America. - Lily

Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays

Zadie Smith

$18.00 $16.56

Narrative nonfiction essays from the award-winning author of novels like White Teeth. - Lily

Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo

Zora Neale Hurston

$16.99 $15.63

A true story of slavery in America as told by a former slave, Cudjo Kossola Lewis to Zora Neale Hurston. In 1927, she traveled to Alabama to interview Lewis. This narrative records his memories and his memoir mostly in his own voice. - Lily

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance

Zora Neale Hurston

$25.99 $23.39

Short stories written when Zora Neale Hurston was a student at Bard in 1925. - Lily

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston

$17.99 $16.55

A feminist, anti-racist classic celebrating women's inner spirits. - Lily

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina (Young Readers)

Misty Copeland

$18.98 $17.46

A memoir for middle school and young high school-aged readers from Misty Copeland, the accomplished African-American ballet dancer. - Lily

Firebird

Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers

$17.98 $16.54

A beautiful picture book for young readers celebrating strong bodies and ballet. - Lily

Song of Solomon

Toni Morrison

$16.00 $14.72

One of the great American novels. - Lily

Beloved

Toni Morrison

$16.00 $14.72

Toni Morrison's classic novel shows slavery's long psychological effects. - Lily

The Bluest Eye

Toni Morrison

$14.95 $13.75

Black girls lose their innocence quickly, if they ever had it at all, in Toni Morrison's first novel. - Lily

Sula

Toni Morrison

$15.00 $13.80

Two friends come of age, complicated by the fact that they are black women in America. - Lily

Tar Baby

Toni Morrison

$15.00 $13.80

A Caribbean-set love story that ultimately examines colonialism. - Lily

Home

Toni Morrison

$14.95 $13.75

A soldier suffering from PTSD reluctantly returns to his childhood hometown in the Jim Crow South. - Lily

A Mercy

Toni Morrison

$15.95 $14.67

Women, some slaves, some indentured servants, one a wife, survive life on a 1600's farm. - Lily

Steamboat School

Deborah Hopkinson and Ron Husband

$17.98 $16.54

A nonfiction picture book teaching kids (and everyone else) about the 1847 school for black kids held aboard a boat in the Mississippi River to get around laws outlawing education for African Americans. - Lily

Frederick's Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass

Doreen Rappaport and London Ladd

$8.99 $8.27

A biography of Frederick Douglass for older picture book readers. - Lily

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Doreen Rappaport and Bryan Collier

$7.99 $7.35

Outstanding illustrations make this an especially noteworthy biography of MLK Jr. for older picture book readers. - Lily

Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song

Andrea Davis Pinkney

$18.98 $17.46

A nonfiction look at the words & music of the civil rights movement, written for picture book readers. - Lily

Noah's Ark

Jerry Pinkney

$17.99 $16.55

A picture book rendering of the Biblical story featuring a black family. - Lily

Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra

Andrea Pinkney and Brian Pinkney

$6.99 $6.43

A lively, award-winning picture book biography of the jazz master. - Lily

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down

Andrea Davis Pinkney

$18.98 $17.46

Fighting for rights isn't easy, but peaceful protest can create change indeed. Read this picture book to teach kids about the Woolworth's lunch counter protestors - students who ordered coffee & doughnuts and led the early wave of the Civil Rights movement. - Lily

A Chair for My Mother

Vera B. Williams

$7.99 $7.35

A family saves up for a new chair for their working mother in this Reading Rainbow pick. - Lily

Cherries and Cherry Pits

Vera B. Williams

$7.99 $7.35

Colorful illustrations show a little girl's imagination making her neighborhood more colorful. - Lily

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Richard Rothstein

$17.95 $16.51

Segregation is built into the laws of America's towns, counties, states, and country from the zoning board to the school committee. Eradicating it means rethinking everything. - Lily

The Snowy Day

Ezra Jack Keats

$7.99 $7.35

The classic book about the wonder of snow fall. - Lily

Peter's Chair

Ezra Jack Keats

$7.99 $7.35

When a little boy finds out his chair's getting repainted pink for his baby sister, suddenly the chair is his most beloved possession. - Lily

Whistle for Willie

Ezra Jack Keats

$7.99 $7.35

Peter wants to learn to whistle so he can call his dog, Willie. - Lily

Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom

Catherine Clinton

$16.98 $15.62

The definitive biography of a great American. - Lily

Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr

Clayborne Carson

$17.98 $16.54

Martin Luther King Jr.'s life told in his own words using archival works. - Lily

Children of Blood and Bone

Tomi Adeyemi

$18.99 $17.47

YA fantasy based on Nigerian mythology. - Lily

Parable of the Sower

Octavia E. Butler

$16.99 $15.63

Groundbreaking, classic dystopian fantasy written in the 1990's that has turned out to be an accurate mirror for our current world. - Lily

Parable of the Talents

Octavia E. Butler

$16.99 $15.63

A Pox has decimated America, religion & money control politics, and black people are forced into a new form of subjugation. And yet Lauren still dreams of becoming an astronaut in this award-winning sequel to PARABLE OF THE SOWER. - Lily

Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

Octavia E. Butler and John Jennings

$18.98 $17.46

A graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler's groundbreaking novel about a woman who unexpectedly time travels to pre-Civil War Maryland where she is enslaved. - Lily

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

Helaine Becker and Dow Phumiruk

$17.99 $16.55

Young readers can learn about Katherine Johnson, the famed mathematician whose NASA calculations launched men into space. - Lily

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

Margot Lee Shetterly

$17.99 $16.55

The basis for the movie of the same name about the black women of NASA during WWII & the Apollo launches. - Lily

Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition

Margot Lee Shetterly

$8.99 $8.27

For middle school & high school readers, this is an adaption of the longer history that formed the basis for the movie of the same name. - Lily

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

Margot Lee Shetterly and Laura Freeman

$17.98 $16.54

An illustrated inspiring story about what girls can do for younger readers. - Lily

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March

Lynda Blackmon Lowery

$9.99 $9.19

Learn more about the reality of the Civil Rights movement from Lynda Blackmon Lowery, the youngest participant in the march from Selma to Montgomery, AL in 1965. This book is appropriate for older middle school students and high school readers. - Lily

Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America

John Lewis

$16.00 $14.72

Rep. John Lewis is a great American. This is his auto-biography. - Lily

March: Book One

John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, et al.

$14.95 $13.75

For younger readers (mature late elementary age+) a graphic novel auto-biography of Rep. John Lewis's early life. - Lily

March: Book Two

Andrew Aydin, John Lewis, et al.

$19.95 $18.35

The second edition of Rep. John Lewis's graphic novel auto-biography picks up after the lunch counter sit-in's and continues into the Freedom Riders and 1963 marches. - Lily

March: Book Three

Andrew Aydin, John Lewis, et al.

$19.98 $18.38

Picking up in 1963, Rep. John Lewis concludes his graphic novel auto-biographies, urging readers to continue arcing the universe toward moral justice. - Lily

March: 30 Postcards to Make Change and Good Trouble

John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

$14.95 $13.75

Be inspired! Use the postcards to write to your government representatives, urging them to hear your voice, and act morally & ethically. - Lily

The Undefeated

Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson

$17.99 $16.55

A gorgeous love letter to black America appropriate for picture book readers, wonderful enough for everyone. - Lily

The Crossover

Kwame Alexander

$8.99 $8.27

13-year-old brothers tell their stories through prose and poetry while playing games of basketball. - Lily

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, et al.

$16.99 $15.63

Modern famous black authors write response poems in homage to their favorite poets. - Lily

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave

Laban Carrick Hill and Bryan Collier

$19.99 $18.39

Every time I think of this picture book, my immediate response is "oh, I love that one!" 1) The illustrations are amazing, & 2) Everyone deserves to have their story told: Dave was an enslaved man who learned to read, and wrote on the pottery he crafted. - Lily

Trombone Shorty

Troy Andrews and Bryan Collier

$17.95 $16.51

A paean to passion from Troy Andrews, aka "Trombone Shorty" who fell in love with the instrument as a toddler even though it was much bigger than him. - Lily

I, Too, Am America

Langston Hughes and Bryan Collier

$17.98 $16.54

Langston Hughes's poem is accompanied by award-winning illustrations. - Lily

Killing Rage: Ending Racism

Bell Hooks

$18.00 $16.56

Black feminist essays about confronting America's sexism & racism. - Lily

Skin Again

Bell Hooks and Chris Raschka

$12.99 $11.95

Teach kids early to love their bodies and everyone else's as well. - Lily

Homemade Love [board Book]

Bell Hooks and Shane W Evans

$7.99 $7.35

Families love each other even when one of them makes a mistake in this board book for toddlers. - Lily

Be Boy Buzz

Bell Hooks and Chris Raschka

$7.99 $7.35

bell hooks celebrates boyhood in this picture book. - Lily

Happy to Be Nappy

Bell Hooks and Chris Raschka

$7.99 $7.35

Black hair is great in this picture book! - Lily

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

Kadir Nelson

$9.99 $9.19

The story of Africans in America told in about 100 illustrated pages. - Lily

I Have a Dream [With CD (Audio)]

Martin Luther King and Kadir Nelson

$18.99 $17.47

An illustrated version of MLK Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech that comes with a copy of it on CD. - Lily

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

Kadir Nelson

$19.98 $18.38

The illustrated story of the Negro baseball League. - Lily

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom

Carole Boston Weatherford and Kadir Nelson

$15.99 $14.71

An award-winning picture book biography of an American woman who persisted. - Lily

Sugar Plum Ballerinas in Two Acts: Plum Fantastic and Toeshoe Trouble

Deborah Underwood, Whoopi Goldberg, et al.

$7.99 $7.35

A group of ballet dancers in Harlem dream of toe shoes and battle Sugar Plum Fairy stage fright in this middle grade series. - Lily

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou

$7.99 $7.35

Maya Angelou's first memoir was written in 1969 and frankly chronicles her early life in beautiful language. - Lily

Letter to My Daughter

Maya Angelou

$17.00 $15.64

Essays, letters, & a poem from Maya Angelou's long life, written to everyone who found - and finds - her words inspiring. - Lily

Gather Together in My Name

Maya Angelou

$16.00 $14.72

Maya Angelou's second slightly fictionalized memoir focuses on motherhood in post-WWII America. - Lily

The Heart of a Woman

Maya Angelou

$18.00 $16.56

Set in the late 50's & early 60's, Maya Angelou's 4th memoir shows her increasing awareness of the power of her voice in the Civil Rights movement as she travels the country and the world, falling in love with a South African Apartheid fighter. - Lily

The Classic Slave Narratives

$7.95 $7.31

Four stories of enslaved people, two women & two men, collected by Henry Louis Gates. Frederick Douglass wrote one of the memoirs included here. - Lily

The Annotated African American Folktales

$39.95 $35.96

Legends & mythologies from Caribbean, Latin American, African, and slave narratives collected by Henry Louis Gates and arranged chronologically. - Lily

The Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Reader

Henry Louis Gates

$29.99

Collected essays from Henry Louis Gates, now known as host of the TV show "Know Your Roots." - Lily

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

Barack Obama

$18.00 $16.56

A memoir about growing up mixed race in America, struggling to accept an absent father, and working at a grassroots level to improve life for everyone, written in 1995 by the recent Harvard Law graduate who would become our first black President. - Lily

Obama: An Intimate Portrait

Pete Souza

$50.00 $45.00

Reminders of what America can be: an inspiration to everyone. Photos from Obama's Presidency range from serious to silly to breathtaking. My favorite is a little black boy on a rope line staring with wonder at the face of a President who looks like him. Although the one where the President plays Spiderman with a kid in the White House is a close second. - Lily

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

Barack Obama and Loren Long

$17.98 $16.54

President Barack Obama shares stories of Americans who inspire him with his daughters in this lovely picture book. - Lily

Dream Big Dreams: Photographs from Barack Obama's Inspiring and Historic Presidency

Pete Souza

$21.99 $19.79

Remember how much President Obama loved kids? And how much they loved him? (Remember seeing a President hold babies?) Here's a photo collection showing Obama interacting with kids, intended for younger readers but fun for the whole family. - Lily

Native Son

Richard Wright

$16.99 $15.63

A classic novel about being black in America, originally published in 1940. - Lily

Giovanni's Room

James Baldwin

$14.00 $12.88

James Baldwin's groundbreaking novel about a black, gay man's affair in 1950's Paris. - Lily

If Beale Street Could Talk

James Baldwin

$14.95 $13.75

A young black couple is separated just as they conceive when the man is targeted by a white cop and falsely imprisoned on rape charges. - Lily

Go Tell It on the Mountain

James Baldwin

$7.99 $7.35

One of the 20th century's most influential novels. James Baldwin's first book is a semi-autobiographical novel about growing up in 1930's Harlem. - Lily

Antiracist Baby Board Book

Ibram X Kendi and Ashley Lukashevsky

$8.99 $8.27

Introduce babies to concepts of equality, equity, and democracy for all early on with this board book. - Lily

Watch Us Rise

Ellen Hagan and Renée Watson

$18.98 $17.46

A YA introduction to basic concepts of intersectionality in feminism about a group of high school kids fighting for better rights at their progressive NYC institution. - Lily

Brown Girl Dreaming

Jacqueline Woodson

$10.99 $10.11

Jacqueline Woodson's multi-award-winning memoir is written in free verse, chronicling her childhood shuttling between the Jim Crow South and Northeast. - Lily

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Mildred D. Taylor

$8.99 $8.27

A classic novel that introduces many late-elementary-school-aged kids to the concept that racism did not stop when slavery became illegal. - Lily

Last Stop on Market Street

Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson

$18.98 $17.46

Through the city bus stops & windows, a boy and his grandmother discuss what they see in this picture book that won the Newbery Medal. - Lily

Dear Martin

Nic Stone

$9.99 $9.19

YA that deals with what young black boys in America face on their way to becoming men, told from the point of view of a smart ambitious young man figuring out his identity by writing journal entries addressed to MLK Jr. - Lily

American Street

Ibi Zoboi

$10.99 $10.11

Fabiola is separated from her mother upon their immigration to America from Haiti. Her mother is sent back to detention in Port-au-Prince, Fabiola must navigate a new life in Detroit, MI with cousins in this YA novel. - Lily

Rosa

Nikki Giovanni and Bryan Collier

$8.99 $8.27

Cut-paper collage illustrations elevate Nikki Giovanni's telling of the day Rosa Parks resisted by sitting down on a bus. Appropriate for picture book readers. - Lily

How Long 'til Black Future Month?: Stories

N. K. Jemisin

$16.98 $15.62

Sci-fi & fantasy short stories from one of the most innovative and important modern writers. - Lily

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Javaka Steptoe

$18.98 $17.46

Art is everywhere if you just look. This picture book biography of Jean-Michel Basquiat won the Randolph Caldecott Medal and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. - Lily

Thank You, Omu!

Oge Mora

$18.99 $17.47

Oge Mora is an artist to know! Her first picture book reminds me a bit of Strega Nona: a grandmother shares her stew with everyone in the neighborhood but leaves nothing for herself. So the neighborhood brings her dinner instead! - Lily

Saturday

$18.99 $17.47

Every Saturday a mother and daughter enjoy special time together running chores. I love Oge Mora's illustrations! They remind me of Jack Ezra Keats who made SNOWY DAY. - Lily

Grace for President

Kelly Dipucchio and Leuyen Pham

$17.98 $16.54

When Grace's class learns about Presidents she is outraged to find out they've all been men and so decides to run for Class President. This picture book about the electoral system was originally published in 2008 and is still very relevant. - Lily

Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison

$16.00 $14.72

One of the 20th centuries most important and influential works of literature. - Lily

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky

Kwame Mbalia

$17.99 $16.55

Middle grade fantasy starring characters from African American mythology like Gum Baby, Brer Rabbit, & John Henry. If you or your kids like Harry Potter or Percy Jackson, this book is for you! - Lily Goldman