25 Books About Racial Tension and Equality You Need to Read (Or Read to Your Kids) if You’re White…

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I have sat on my words for days and weeks, not to promote white silence, but more in an effort to listen first, pray second, and–if I must–speak last, in the wake of crime after crime against black Americans that seem fueled only by hate, power, and blinding inequality.

Our little family has never been ‘normal’.

Though we are white, we have always gone against the grain and tend to make others uncomfortable. From choosing to live tiny to including our son always, even with his extreme extra needs, to being married barefooted, outside, with nose rings and mohawks. We have chose where to live, where to educate our children, and where to work and worship and serve based on the diversity of everything from race to socioeconomics, availability and disability inclusion.

So for my friends who have reached out–my white friends asking what they can be doing or how they can be educating themselves, and my black and brown friends begging for peace and understanding, empathy and compassion–here is where we can start.

Don’t speak before we’ve educated ourselves. Here are 25 places to start teaching yourself, your kids, your neighbors, your community. There are millions more resources, btu these are all ones we have read, owned, and absolutely loved for reasons that have encouraged us, broken us, and laid our raw spots bare.

This is where to start.

Books for Littles (Recommended Ages 0-7)

hair-like-mine

Hair Like Mine
by LaTashia M. Perry
Grace-for-President
Grace for President
by Kelly DiPucchio
Dream-Big-Little=One
Dream Big, Little One
by Vashti Harrison
The-sandwich-swap
The Sandwich Shop
by Little
The-Day-You-Begin
The Day You Begin
by Jacqueline Woodson
Ada-Twist-Scientist
Ada Twist, Scientist
by Harry Abrams
I-Am-Truly
I Am Truly
by Kelly Greenawalt
I-Like-Myself
I Like Myself
by Karen Beaumont

Books for Middles (Recommended Ages 8-12)

brown-girl-dreaming
Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson
wishtree
Wishtree
by Katherine Applegate



inside-out-and-back-again
Inside Out and Back Again
by Thanhha Lai

The New Kid
by Jerry Craft
ghost-boys
Ghost Boys
by Jewell Parker Rhodes
*Note: Specifically best for ages 10+

Books for Uppers (Recommended Ages 13+)

to-kill-a-mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

monster-book
Monster
by Walter Dean Myers

I-Know-Why-The-Caged-Bird-Sings
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou
the-hate-you-give
The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas


scorpions
Scorpions
by Walter Dean Myers

Books for Adults

I’m Still Here
by Austin Channing Brown

just-mercy
Just Mercy
by Bryan Stevenson
the-sun-does=shine
The Sun Does Shine
by Anthony Ray Hinton

be-the-bridge
Be The Bridge
by LaTasha Morrison

white-fragility
White Fragility
by Robin DiAngelo

michelle-obama-becomming
Becoming
by Michelle Obama
*This is not a read for politics. The first 8 chapters are a great picture of Chicago in the 1970-1980sand the coming up of young, black Americans.
A-Time-To-Kill
A Time to Kill
by John Grisham

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