Reading recommendations for teens hoping to understand current events and begin working for change.
An Indigenous Peoples' History Of The United States For Young People
A middle grade and YA adaptation of Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's history of colonialism and genocide in what is now called the United States.
Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
This eye-opening book challenges you to do the essential work of unpacking your biases, and helps white people take action and dismantle the privilege within themselves so that you can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.
The Black Lives Matter Movement
Black Lives Matter was born in July 2013 after a jury exonerated the killer of an unarmed black youth named Trayvon Martin. Since that time it has become known as a formidable, often controversial, civil rights movement that seeks equality and fair treatment of black citizens by law enforcement and by society as a whole.
The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Hatred of Muslims
This is a disturbing account of the campaign to promote fear and hatred of Muslims in the United States and Europe, from the 'War on Terror' to Trump's travel ban.
A Knock on the Door: The Essential History of Residential Schools from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
Gathers material from reports produced by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to present a concise history and legacy of residential schools in Canada.
How to Be an Antiracist
Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism--and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other.
The Winter We Danced: Voices From The Past, The Future, And The Idle No More Movement
The Winter We Danced is a vivid collection of writing, poetry, lyrics, art and images from the many diverse voices that make up the past, present, and future of the Idle No More movement.
This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake up, Take Action, and Do the Work
Gain a deeper understanding of your anti-racist self as you progress through 20 chapters that spark introspection, reveal the origins of racism that we are still experiencing and give you the courage and power to undo it. Each chapter builds on the previous one as you learn more about yourself and racial oppression. Exercise prompts get you thinking and help you grow with the knowledge.
The Hate U Give
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
#NotYourPrincess: Voices Of Native American Women
A collection of powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America.
Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin
An intimate portrait of Trayvon Martin shares previously untold insights into the movement he inspired from the perspectives of his parents, who also describe their efforts to bring meaning to his short life through the movement's pursuit of redemption and justice.
Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices
Using humor as the common denominator, a multicultural cast of YA authors steps up to the mic to share stories touching on race. Listen in as ten YA authors - some familiar, some new - use their own brand of humor to share their stories about growing up between cultures.
All American Boys
When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn's alternating viewpoints.
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited.
Sexism and Race
Race plays a significant role in shaping women of color's experience with sexism. This title takes a look at the history of sexism that women of color have endured, the current issues surrounding this topic, and steps people can take to eliminate sexist practices.
#Idlenomore And The Remaking Of Canada
In this investigation, Canadian author and editor Ken Coates shows how the Idle No More movement became the most powerful demonstration of Aboriginal identity in Canadian history.
How it Went Down
When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson is shot to death, his community is thrown into an uproar because Tariq was black and the shooter, Jack Franklin, is white, and in the aftermath everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events agree.