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Learn and Teach About Race and Anti-Racism with These Books

Numerous books—for adults and children—are great resources for learning about race, racism, structural racism, the history of racism, its implications for today's disparities, and embracing differences.

Books are a good way to educate yourself and to support conversations with youth people. Following is a list of recommendations from Dr. Jamie Freeny and the Center for School Behavioral Health at MHA of Greater Houston.


Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race by Derald Wing Sue

The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching about Race and Racism to People Who Don't Want to Know (Educational Leadership for Social Justice) by Tema Jon Okun

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum

The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Woodson

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

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

Racism without Racists: Color-blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

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

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi


All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

She Persisted: 13 Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton

My Hair Is a Garden by Cozbi A. Cabrera

Little Leaders: Bold Black Women in History by Vashti Harrison

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

We're Different, We're the Same"by Bobbi Kates

A Kid's Book About Racism by Jelani Memory

Looking for more titles and to support independent bookstores owned and operated by Black, Indigenous, or People of Color? Visit We Need Diverse Books or African American Literature Book Club.

Courtesy of NAA.