Black Lives Matter – A Reading List

The Black Lives Matter movement has grown exponentially in the wake of ongoing racial issues and reports of police brutality, but it can be hard to understand what’s going on and how these issues affect our communities.  If you’re interested in learning more but aren’t sure where to start, try one of these book lists.  They offer a starting place to learn more about racism and discrimination in the 21st century and provide a broader perspective than what we usually hear on the news.

Fiction

Americanah   jam on the vine   homegoing   beloved   boy-snow-bird   Salvage the Bones

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
FICTION ADICHIE

Jam on the Vine by LaShonda Katrice Barnett
FICTION BARNETT

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
FICTION GYASI

Beloved by Toni Morrison
FICTION MORRISON

Boy Snow Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
FICTION OYEYEMI

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
FICTION WARD

Nonfiction

between the world and me   a-dreadful-deceit   stamped-from-the-beginning   nobody-casualties-of-americas-war-on-the-vulnerable   the-new-jim-crow   fire-shut-up-in-my-bones   negroland

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
305.8009 COATES

A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race From the Colonial Era to Obama’s America by Jacqueline Jones
305.8009 JONES

Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
305.8009 KENDI

Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, From Ferguson to Flint and Beyond by Marc Lamont Hill
306.0973 HILL

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

Fire Shut Up In My Bones by Charles M. Blow
B BLO

Negroland by Margo Jefferson
B JEF

Young Adult

how-it-went-down   monster   all-american-boys   no-choirboy

How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon
YA FICTION MAGOON

Monster by Walter Dean Myers
YA FICTION MYERS

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
TEEN REYNOLDS

No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row by Susan Kuklin
YA 364.6609 KUKLIN

Graphic Novels

march-book-1   the-silence-of-our-friends

March, Book 1 by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin
GRAPHIC NOVEL MARCH

The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long & Jim Demonakos
GRAPHIC NOVEL SILENCE

Children’s

one-crazy-summer   hush   sit-in   brown-girl-dreaming   we-march

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
J WILLIAMS

Hush by Jacqueline Woodson
J WOODSON

Sit In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney
323.1196 PINKNEY

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
811.54 WOODSON

We March by Shane Evans
PICTURE EVANS