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Racial Issues Reading List for Kids

A list for those who would like to learn more about the history and experiences of People of Color in America.

“Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.”  – Thurgood Marshall


Black Is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy

For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J. Lockington

Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry

Hey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins

I Am Enough by Grace Byers

Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

New Kid by Jerry Craft

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin A. Ramsey

Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

The Night Is Yours by Abdul-Razak Zachariah

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson

The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore


A Few Red Drops by Claire Hartfield

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King Jr. by Kadir Nelson

March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell

March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell

March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander & Kadir Nelson