Juvenile Race and Justice Book Archive
Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up To Become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz (Ages 6-10)
Malcolm X grew to be one of America’s most influential figures. But first, he was a boy named Malcolm Little. Written by his daughter, this inspiring picture book biography celebrates a vision of freedom and justice.
Todos Iguales by Christy Hale (Ages 9-12)
This nonfiction bilingual picture book, written in both English and Spanish, tells the empowering story of The Lemon Grove Incident--a major victory in the battle against school segregation, and a testament to the tenacity of an immigrant community and its fight for equal rights.
All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold (ages Pre-K-7)
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce a school where diversity is celebrated and songs, stories, and talents are shared.
Blended by Sharon Draper (Ages 8-12)
Piano-prodigy Isabella, eleven, whose black father and white mother struggle to share custody, never feels whole, especially as racial tensions affect her school, her parents both become engaged, and she and her stepbrother are stopped by police.
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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (ages 4-7)
The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South.
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes (Ages 5 - 8)
Celebrates the magnificent feeling that comes from walking out of a barber shop with newly-cut hair.
A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee (Ages 8-12)
After attending a powerful protest, Shayla starts wearing an armband to school to support the Black Lives Matter movement, but when the school gives her an ultimatum, she is forced to choose between her education and her identity.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham:1963 by Christopher Paul CurtisThe ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.
Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews
A Grammy-nominated headliner for the New Orleans Jazz Fest describes his childhood in Tremé and how he came to be a bandleader by age six.
Stella By Starlight by Sharon Draper (Ages 8-12)
When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.
King of the Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes (ages Pre-K - 5)
A confident little boy takes pride in his first day of kindergarten, encouraging new students with a reassuring message about this exciting milestone.
Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson (Ages 6-8)
Under the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, children and teenagers march against segregation in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963.
Little leaders : bold women in black history by Vashti Harrison (Ages 8-12)
Based on her popular Instagram posts, author/illustrator Vashti Harrison shares the stories of 40 bold African American women who shaped history.
New Kid by Jerry Craft (Ages 8-12)
Graphic Novel - Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade.
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson (Ages 8-12)
Spending the summer in Lambert, South Carolina, Candice discovers the letter that sent her grandmother on a treasure hunt, and with her new friend Brandon, sets off to expose the injustice once committed against a local African American family.