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Recommended Reading about Racism

The following are available at Peoria Public Library, either in physical or digital formats

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Adult Non-Fiction

A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing: the Incarceration of African American Women From Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland by DaMaris B. Hill

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt

Caste : the origins of our discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittany Cooper

Girl in Black and White: the Story of Mary Mildred Williams and the Abolition Movement by Jessie Morgan-Owens

Grace Will Lead Us Home: the Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness by Jennifer Hawes

How to Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou 

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

Jackson, 1964: and Other Dispatches From Fifty Years of Reporting on Race in America by Calvin Trillin

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

Motherhood So White: a memoir of race, gender, and parenting in America by Nefertiti Austin 

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

The Accident of Color: A Story of Race in Reconstruction by Daniel Brook

The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson

The Color of Law : A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

The Fire This Time: a New Generation Speaks About Race by Jesmyn Ward, ed.

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

Waking Up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays by Damon Young

When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter memoir by Patrisse Khan-Collors and Asha Bandele

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People To Talk About Racism by Robin J. DiAngelo

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

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

Adult Fiction

A Good Neighbor by Therese Fowler 

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Home by Toni Morrison 

New Boy by Tracy Chevalier (Large Print)

Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens

Say Goodbye For Now: A Novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew 

The Guest by Sarah Blake

The Last Thing You Surrender by Leonard Pitts 

The Nickel Boys: A Novel by Colson Whitehead

We Hope For Better Things by Erin Bartels

Young Adult Non-Fiction

Black Lives Matter by Martin Gitlin, ed.

Investigating Institutional Racism by A. Rochaun Meadows Fernandez

The Scottsboro Boys by Duchess Harris

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices

We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

Racism by Chuck Robinson

Rodney King and the L.A. Riots by Rebecca Rissman

Race: A History Beyond Black and White by Marc Aronson

Young Adult Fiction

The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg
YA KON

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
YA THO

Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson
J JAC

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
YA REY

Unstoppable Octobia May by Sharon G. Flake
FLA

Count Me In by Varsha Bajaj
J BAJ

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
J RHO

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
YA COL

A Sky Full of Stars by Linda Williams Jackson
J JAC

Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz
J SHA

Dear Martin by Nic Stone
YA STO

Backfield Boys by John Feinstein
YA FEI

Fire in the Streets by Kekla Magoon
YA MAG

Picture Books

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry

Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment by Parker Curry

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

Good People Everywhere by Lynea Gillen

We’re Different, We’re the Same -- and we’re all wonderful by Bobbi Jane Kates

Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson

Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin

Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Redd

Cool Cuts by Mechal Renee Roe

Thank you, Omu by Oge Mora

Saturday by Oge Mora

The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes

A Sweet Smell of Roses by Angela Johnson

What is Given From the Heart by Patricia C. McKissack

Kids' Chapter Books

New Kid by Jerry Craft (graphic novel)

Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Blended by Sharon M. Draper

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee

For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J. Lockington

Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice by Mahogany L. Browne

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise our Voices edited by Wade Hudson

Memphis, Martin and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 by Alice Faye Duncan

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

Some Places More than Others by Renee Watson

So Done by Paula Chase

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis