Antiracist Kids Reading List

It's never too early to start talking to our kids about race. The books on this list serve as great starting points for these conversations. Each of the titles below address topics of racism, antiracism, activism, resilience, and how to to take action in our communities and beyond. Please note: some of these titles are pre-orders and will be available later this year. Check the "availability" line to see what we have in stock.

 

You can also view our other Antiracist Reading Lists here:

View our Antiracist Adult Reading List

View our Antiracist YA/Middle Grade Reading List

 

We will continue to add to this list over time. Questions or Suggestions? Email read@napabookmine.com.


 

The Undefeated Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328780966
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Published: Versify - April 2nd, 2019

Winner of the 2020 Caldecott Medal
A 2020 Newbery Honor Book
Winner of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

The Newbery Award-winning author of THE CROSSOVER pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree.

Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life


An ABC of Equality Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781786037428
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - September 3rd, 2019

A is for Ability, B is for Belief, C is for Class.


Antiracist Baby Board Book Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593110416
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Published: Kokila - June 16th, 2020

A #1 New York Times Bestseller!
Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices!
Featured on Good Morning America, NPR's Morning Edition, CBS This Morning, and more!


M Is for Melanin: A Celebration of the Black Child Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781499809169
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Published: little bee books - October 1st, 2019

"Contagiously upbeat, joyful, and positive . . .


A Black Woman Did That Cover Image
By Malaika Adero, Chanté Timothy (Illustrator)
$11.99
ISBN: 9781941367513
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Published: Downtown Bookworks - February 18th, 2020

A Black Woman Did That! spotlights vibrant, inspiring black women whose accomplishments have changed the world for the better.

A Black Woman Did That! is a celebration of strong, resilient, innovative, and inspiring women of color.


Sulwe Cover Image
By Lupita Nyong'o, Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534425361
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2019

A New York Times bestseller!
Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices!
Recipient of a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award
Recipient of an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Literary Work

From Academy Award–winning actress Lupita Nyong’o comes a pow


All Because You Matter Cover Image
By Tami Charles, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338574852
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Published: Orchard Books - October 6th, 2020

Instant New York Times Bestseller!



A lyrical, heart-lifting love letter to Black and brown children everywhere: reminding them how much they matter, that they have always mattered, and they always will, from powerhouse rising star author Tami Charles and esteemed, award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier.


Follow Chester!: A College Football Team Fights Racism and Makes History Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580898355
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Published: Charlesbridge - September 17th, 2019

A little known civil rights hero and college football MVP finally gets a voice in this fictional account detailing Chester Pierce's game-changing play as he became the first black college football player to compete south of the Mason-Dixon Line.


Black Is a Rainbow Color Cover Image
By Angela Joy, Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626726314
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 14th, 2020

A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


I, Too, Am America Cover Image
By Langston Hughes, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442420083
Availability: Out of Stock
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 22nd, 2012

Winner of the Coretta Scott King illustrator award, I, Too, Am America blends the poetic wisdom of Langston Hughes with visionary illustrations from Bryan Collier in this inspirational picture book that carries the promise of equality.


I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And ea


Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story about Racial Injustice Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781433828546
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Published: Magination Press - March 1st, 2018

A NEW YORK TIMES AND #1 INDIEBOUND BEST SELLER

A Little Free Library Action Book Club Selection

National Parenting Product Award Winner (NAPPA)


Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X Cover Image
By Ilyasah Shabazz, AG Ford (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781442412163
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 7th, 2014

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.

Bolstered by the love and wisdom of his large, warm family, young Malcolm Little was a natural born leader.


A is for Activist Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9781609805395
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Published: Triangle Square - November 19th, 2013

One of NPR's Top 100 Book for Young Readers 

“Reading it is almost like reading Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, but for two-year olds—full of pictures and rhymes and a little cat to find on every page that will delight the curious toddler and parents alike.”—Occupy Wall Street



Martin Luther King, Jr. (Little People, BIG DREAMS) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780711245679
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - January 7th, 2020

In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy best-selling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the inspiring minister and civil rights activist.

Little Martin grew up in a family of preachers: his dad was a preacher, his uncle was a preacher, his grandfather was a preacher…so maybe he’d become a great p


Black Boy, Black Boy Cover Image
By Crown Shepherd, Mychal Baston (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781643438818
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Published: Beaver's Pond Press - May 12th, 2020

Black Boy, Black Boy, what do you see?

I see a bright future ahead of me

A melodic mantra with a powerful message: Black boys can be a doctor, a judge, the president . . . anything they want to be


Bravo! (Bilingual board book - Spanish edition): Poems About Amazing Hispanics / Poemas sobre Hispanos Extraordinarios Cover Image
By Margarita Engle, Rafael López (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781250230812
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 10th, 2020

Adapted from the Texas Bluebonnet Award–winning Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics, this board book of poems and portraits from writer Margarita Engle and illustrator Rafael López celebrates the lives and accomplishments of amazing Hispanics.


Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781419710544
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - May 6th, 2014

Where Are You From? Cover Image
By Yamile Saied Méndez, Jaime Kim (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062839930
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - June 4th, 2019

This resonant and award-winning picture book tells the story of one girl who constantly gets asked a simple question that doesn’t have a simple answer. A great conversation starter in the home or classroom—a book to share, in the spirit of I Am Enough by Grace Byers and Keturah A. Bobo.


The Day You Begin Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399246531
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2018

A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices!


Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781536203257
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Published: Candlewick - December 24th, 2018

A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2016 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book
A 2016 John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award Winner

Stirring poems and stunning collage illustrations combine to celebrate the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, a champion of equal voting rights.

“I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.”


Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316475112
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 5th, 2017

This beautifully illustrated board book edition of instant bestseller Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History showcases women who changed the world and is the perfect goodnight book to inspire big dreams.


Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316475143
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 19th, 2019

Author-illustrator Vashti Harrison shines a bold, joyous light on black men through history in this #1 New York Times bestseller.


Hair Love Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525553366
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Published: Kokila - May 14th, 2019

"I love that Hair Love is highlighting the relationship between a Black father and daughter. Matthew leads the ranks of new creatives who are telling unique stories of the Black experience. We need this."
     - Jordan Peele, Actor & Filmmaker


Skin Like Mine Cover Image
$9.40
ISBN: 9780997157987
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Published: G Publishing - November 15th, 2016

Rise!: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou Cover Image
By Bethany Hegedus, Tonya Engel (Illustrator)
$20.95
ISBN: 9781620145876
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Published: Lee & Low Books - August 13th, 2019

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, this beautiful biography of Maya Angelou describes how she rose above a childhood of trauma and emotional pain to become one of the most inspiring voices of our lifetime.

Writer, activist, trolley car conductor, dancer, mother, and humanitarian--Maya Angelou's life was marked by transfor


Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534451865
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Published: Aladdin - October 15th, 2019

A New York Times bestseller!

A visit to Washington, DC’s National Portrait Gallery forever alters Parker Curry’s young life when she views First Lady Michelle Obama’s portrait.

When Parker Curry came face-to-face with Amy Sherald’s transcendent portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery, she didn’t just s


The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver Cover Image
By Gene Barretta, Frank Morrison (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062430151
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 14th, 2020

The inspirational story of George Washington Carver and his childhood secret garden is brought to life in this picture book biography by the author-illustrator team behind Muhammad Ali: A Champion Is BornThis nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6.


The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read Cover Image
By Rita Lorraine Hubbard, Oge Mora (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524768287
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - January 7th, 2020

Imagine learning to read at the age of 116! Discover the true story of Mary Walker, the nation's oldest student who did just that, in this picture book from a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator and a rising star author.


Going Down Home with Daddy Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781561459384
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Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - April 1st, 2019

A 2020 CALDECOTT HONOR BOOK

Set at one young boy's annual family reunion, this Caldecott Honor-winning picture book by Kelly Starling Lyons and Daniel Minter is a rich and moving celebration of Black history, culture, and the power of family traditions.


Just Like Me Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525582090
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 14th, 2020

An ode to the girl with scrapes on her knees and flowers in her hair, and every girl in between, this exquisite treasury will appeal to readers of Dear Girl and I Am Enough and have kids poring over it to find a poem that's just for them.

I am a canvas
Being painted on
By the words of my family
Friends


The Bell Rang Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442421134
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - January 15th, 2019

Recipient of a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award
A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2019

A young slave girl witnesses the heartbreak and hopefulness of her family and their plantation community when her brother escapes for freedom in this brilliantly conceived picture book by Coretta Scott King Award winner James E.


Layla's Happiness Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781592702886
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - November 19th, 2019

"Affirmations of black childhood abound, and whimsical wishes float like dandelion fluff. Equally as imaginative as the lyrical text, Corrin's boldly colored, textured illustrations beautifully capture the buoyant spirit of Layla, a brown girl exuding confidence, comfortable in her own skin--indoors and out.


Saturday Cover Image
By Oge Mora (By (artist))
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316431279
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 22nd, 2019

In this warm and tender story by the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Thank You, Omu!, join a mother and daughter on an up-and-down journey that reminds them of what's best about Saturdays: precious time together.

Today would be special. Today would be splendid. It was Saturday! But sometimes, the best plans don't work out exactly the way you expect....


Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) Cover Image
By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781572842243
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Published: Agate Bolden - October 10th, 2017

Winner of the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers
A Newbery Honor Book
A Caldecott Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
An Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award Book
An Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor Book
A Society of Illustrators Gold Medal Book


Bedtime for Sweet Creatures Cover Image
By Nikki Grimes, Elizabeth Zunon (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781492638322
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - January 14th, 2020

Nikki Grimes, Coretta Scott King Award winning author, and acclaimed illustrator Elizabeth Zunon's latest children's masterpiece creates an imagination-fueled and animal-filled journey to bedtime.

"Has the feel of an all-time great bedtime picture book"--The New York Times


Octopus Stew Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780823437542
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Published: Holiday House - September 17th, 2019

What do you do when an octopus captures Grandma? Put on your superhero cape and rescue her! This clever picture book tells two stories in one, from award-winning Afro-Latino artist Eric Velasquez.

The octopus Grandma is cooking has grown to titanic proportions. "¡Tenga cuidado!" Ramsey shouts. "Be careful!" But it's too late. The octopus traps Grandma!


Double Bass Blues Cover Image
By Andrea J. Loney, Rudy Gutierrez (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524718527
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 22nd, 2019

A Caldecott Honor Book! A joyous celebration of family, community, and the unifying power of music, perfect for fans of Last Stop on Market Street.


Another Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534421677
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 5th, 2019

An NPR Favorite Book of 2019
A New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2019
An NYPL Best Book of 2019
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019
A School Library Journal Best Picture Book of 2019
A BookPage Best Picture Book of 2019
A Horn Book Fanfare Selection of 2019


In his eagerly a


White Water Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763679453
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Published: Candlewick - July 14th, 2015

"Inspirational in tone, this is a strong introduction for young listeners and readers to the American Civil Rights movement."—Kirkus Reviews


Hands Up! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525552314
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Published: Dial Books - January 22nd, 2019

This triumphant picture book recasts a charged phrase as part of a black girl's everyday life--hands up for a hug, hands up in class, hands up for a high five--before culminating in a moment of resistance at a protest march.


My Man Blue Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780142301975
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Published: Puffin Books - December 30th, 2002

Blue lost one boy to the streets and is determined that this time will be different. And Damon knows that even though he's the "man of the house," there's room for a friend like Blue in his life. At the end of the day, Damon has someone standing steadfast in his corner. Someone true . . . like Blue.


I Am Every Good Thing Cover Image
By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525518778
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 1st, 2020

An upbeat, empowering, important picture book from the team that created the award-winning Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

I am
a nonstop ball of energy.
Powerful and full of light.
I am a go-getter. A difference maker. A leader.


The New Neighbors Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524789961
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Published: Penguin Workshop - February 26th, 2019

New neighbors have moved into the ground floor of a bustling apartment building. The bunnies upstairs are excited, but what will the other residents think? Sarah McIntyre's funny, light-hearted tale reveals there's no room for prejudice.


The Rabbit Listened Cover Image
By Cori Doerrfeld, Cori Doerrfeld (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735229358
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Published: Dial Books - February 20th, 2018

A moving and universal picture book about empathy and kindness, sure to soothe heartaches big and small.


The Other Side Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399231162
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 15th, 2001

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Clover's mom says it isn't safe to cross the fence that segregates their African-American side of town from the white side where Anna lives. But the two girls strike up a friendship, and get around the grown-ups' rules by sitting on top of the fence together.


What's the Big Deal About Freedom Cover Image
By Ruby Shamir, Matt Faulkner (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780399547287
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Published: Philomel Books - May 2nd, 2017

From the Constitution to civil rights, from women's rights to the four freedoms, this kid-friendly picture book filled with fun facts and historical trivia shows how America got the nickname "land of the free."