A Racial Social Justice Reading List for All Ages

As of today, protests against the death of George Floyd have occurred in all 50 states and multiple countries worldwide, and sales of anti-racism titles have outpaced sales for The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the latest entry in the Hunger Games series. If you are looking for books to better understand the history of racial social justice and the work currently being done, we’ve compiled a list of titles for all ages that talk about racism, activism, and inclusion, along with links to many of these titles in our digital collections.

Picture Books

Intersection Allies: We Make Room For All – Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, and Carolyn Choi | J 305.3 Joh

Black is a Rainbow Color – Angela Joy | J Joy

Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship – Irene Latham & Charles Waters | J 811.6 Lat
eBook available through OverDrive and Hoopla

Let’s Talk About Race – Julius Lester | J 305.8 Les

A is for Activist – Innosanto Nagara | jbb N
eBook available through Hoopla

Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation Duncan Tonatiuh | J 379.263 Ton
eBook available through OverDrive, Axis 360, and Hoopla
Digital audiobook available through OverDrive, Axis 360, and Hoopla

The Day You Begin – Jacqueline Woodson | J Woo
eBook available through OverDrive
Digital audiobook available through OverDrive and Axis 360

 

Juvenile Fiction and Nonfiction

A Child’s Introduction to African American History: The Experiences, People, and Events That Shaped Our Country – Jabari Asim | J 973.0496 Asi

The Only Road – Alexandra Diaz | JF Dia
eBook available through Axis 360
Digital audiobook available through Hoopla

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices – Wade Hudson & Cheryl Willis Hudson (eds.) | J 303.4 Hud
eBook available through Axis 360
Digital audiobook available through OverDrive and Axis 360

This Book is Anti-Racist – Tiffany Jewell | J 305.8 Jew

Stamped by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds
eBook available through OverDrive and Axis 360

Amina’s Voice – Hena Khan
eBook available through OverDrive

The Black Lives Matter Movement – Peggy J. Parks | J 323.1196 Par

A Good Kind of Trouble – Lisa Moore Ramée | JF Ram
eBook available through OverDrive and Axis 360
Digital audiobook available through Axis 360

Ghost – Jason Reynolds | JF Rey Vol. 1
eBook available through OverDrive
Digital audiobook available through OverDrive and Axis 360

#BlackLivesMatter: Protesting Racism – Rachael L. Thomas | J 305.896 Tho

Brown Girl Dreaming – Jacqueline Woodson | JB Woo
eBook available through OverDrive and Axis 360
Digital audiobook available through OverDrive and Axis 360

Front Desk – Kelly Yang | JF Yan
eBook available through OverDrive and Axis 360
Digital audiobook available through OverDrive and Axis 360

Teens

Internment – Samira Ahmed | Teen Ahm
eBook available through OverDrive and Axis 360
Digital audiobook available through OverDrive and Axis 360

Let Me Hear a Rhyme – Tiffany D. Jackson | Teen Jac
eBook available through OverDrive and Hoopla
Digital audiobook available through OverDrive and Hoopla

March, Book 1 – John Lewis | G 328.7309 Lew Vol. 1
eBook available through OverDrive and Hoopla

Light It Up – Kekla Magoon | Teen Mag

I Am Alfonso Jones – Tony Medina | GF Med

Out of Darkness – Ashley Hope Perez
eBook available through OverDrive and Axis 360
Digital audiobook available through OverDrive and Axis 360

All American Boys – Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely | Teen Rey
eBook available through OverDrive
Digital audiobook available through OverDrive and Axis 360

Dear Martin – Nic Stone | Teen Sto
eBook available through OverDrive and Axis 360
Digital audiobook available through OverDrive and Axis 360

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas | Teen Tho
eBook available through OverDrive and Axis 360
Digital audiobook available through OverDrive and Axis 360

 

Adult Fiction & Nonfiction

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In the Age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander
eBook available through OverDrive, Axis 360, and Hoopla

The Water Dancer – Ta-Nehisi Coates | Fic Coates, Ta-Nehisi
eBook available through OverDrive and Axis 360
Digital audiobook available through OverDrive and Axis 360

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – Robin DiAngelo | 305.8 DiA
eBook available through OverDrive
Digital audiobook available through OverDrive

Black Leopard, Red Wolf – Marlon James | Fic James,  Marlon
eBook available through OverDrive and Axis 360
Digital audiobook available through OverDrive and Axis 360

How to Be an Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi
eBook available through OverDrive and Axis 360
Digital audiobook available through OverDrive

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir – Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele | 323.092 Kha
eBook available through OverDrive and Axis 360
Digital audiobook available through OverDrive and Hoopla

The Other Americans – Leila Lalami | Fic Lalami, Leila
eBook available through OverDrive
Digital audiobook available through OverDrive

They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement – Wesley Lowery | 305.896 Low
eBook available through OverDrive
Digital audiobook available through OverDrive

So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo
eBook available through OverDrive
Digital audiobook available through OverDrive and Hoopla

The Travelers – Regina Porter | Fic Porter, Regina
eBook available through OverDrive
Digital audiobook available through OverDrive

Citizen: An American Lyric – Claudia Rankine | 814.6 Ran
Digital audiobook available through OverDrive and Hoopla

The Nickel Boys – Colson Whitehead | Fic Whitehead, Colson
eBook available through OverDrive and Axis 360
Digital audiobook available through OverDrive and Axis 360

Ready, Set, Read: Teen Pride Month

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Rick – Alex Gino (eBook available through OverDrive; audiobook available through Hoopla)

Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love – Jonathan Van Ness (eBook and audiobook available through OverDrive and Axis 360)

What If It’s Us? – Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera (eBook available through OverDrive and Axis 360; audiobook available through OverDrive, Axis 360, and Hoopla)

Strange Grace – Tessa Gratton (audiobook available through Hoopla)

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy – Mackenzi Lee (eBook and audiobook available through OverDrive)

The House in the Cerulean Sea – T.J. Klune (eBook and audiobook available through OverDrive)

Ready, Set, Read: Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

We have another book talk coming your way today! Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages to hear about these exciting titles!

The Bollywood Bride – Sonali Dev (eBook available through OverDrive, Axis 360, and Hoopla; audiobook available through OverDrive and Hoopla)

Miracle Creek – Angie Kim (eBook available through OverDrive and Axis 360; audiobook available through OverDrive)

Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan (eBook and audiobook available through OverDrive and Axis 360)

All You Can Ever Know – Nicole Chung (eBook available through OverDrive, Axis 360, and Hoopla; audiobook available through Axis 360 and Hoopla)

Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur (eBook available through OverDrive, Axis 360, and Hoopla; audiobook available through OverDrive and Axis 360)

Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice For Living Your Best Life – Ali Wong (eBook and audiobook available through OverDrive and Axis 360)

 

Ready, Set, Read: Space

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Star Wars: Resistance Reborn – Rebecca Roanhorse (eBook available through OverDrive)

*Bonus Recommendation!* Trail of Lightning – Rebecca Roanhorse (eBook available through OverDrive)

Binti – Nnedi Okorafor (eBook available through OverDrive; audiobook available through Axis 360 and Hoopla)

Space Opera – Cathrynne M. Valente (eBook available through OverDrive; audiobook available through OverDrive and Hoopla)

Illuminae – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (eBook available through OverDrive; audiobook available through OverDrive and Axis 360)

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race – Margo Lee Shetterly (eBook and audiobook available through OverDrive, Axis 360, and Hoopla)

Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto – Alan Stern and David Grinspoon (eBook available through Axis 360; audiobook available through OverDrive, Axis 360, and Hoopla)

 

Ready, Set, Read: Historical Fiction Not Set During WWII

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The Confessions of Frannie Langton – Sara Collins (eBook available through OverDrive, Axis 360, and Hoopla; audiobook available through OverDrive and Hoopla)

The Widows of Malabar Hill – Sujata Massey (eBook available through OverDrive)

Dragon Teeth – Michael Crichton (eBook and audiobook available through OverDrive, Axis 360, and Hoopla)

The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller (eBook available through OverDrive; audiobook available through OverDrive and Hoopla)

Inland – Téa Obreht (eBook and audiobook available through OverDrive and Axis 360)

Pachinko – Min Jin Lee (eBook available through OverDrive and Axis 360; audiobook available through OverDrive)

Ready, Set, Read: True Crime

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The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century – Kirk Wallace Johnson (eBook and eAudiobook available through OverDrive and Axis 360)

American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land – Monica Hesse (eBook available through OverDrive; eAudiobook available through OverDrive and Hoopla)

Black Dahlia, Red Rose: The Crime, Corruption, and Cover-Up of America’s Greatest Unsolved Murder – Piu Eatwell (eAudiobook available through Hoopla)

Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History – Tori Telfer (eBook and eAudiobook available through Hoopla)

Green River Killer: A True Detective Story – Jeff Jensen (eBook available through Hoopla)

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer – Michelle McNamara (eBook available through OverDrive; eAudiobook available through OverDrive and Hoopla)

 

Pandemic Picks!

Sometimes the best thing you can do during a global pandemic is to just stay at home and away from people. For some, books may be the best company you can find. Similar to our real-life relationships, books can fulfill the needs in our lives. Some of us are seeking comfort and distraction, while others are looking for challenges, enrichment, and maybe even a little scare. Here are some books that you can find that touch on a variety of feelings you may be going through now.

All titles can be found through OverDrive in either eBook or eAudiobook formats. If you have never used our digital resources, now is a great time to start. Visit our library website, http://www.lakeblufflibrary.org and click on the “Download eBooks” tab.

1984 – George Orwell (available as an eBook through OverDrive)
A story that depicts life in a totalitarian regime in the year of 1984.

I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith (available an an eBook through OverDrive)
Cassandra and her family live in poverty in a ramshackle old castle in England. Over six rough months, she fills numerous diaries with funny entries and manages to find herself hopelessly in love.

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat – Samin Nosrat (available as an eBook through OverDrive)
A visionary new master class in cooking that distills decades of professional experience into just four simple elements, from the woman declared “America’s next great cooking teacher.

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (available as an eBook through OverDrive)
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She leaves the home once a day to walk to the market whose signs are now pictures instead of words, because women are no longer allowed to read. It wasn’t long ago that Offred lived with her husband, played with her daughter, had a job, made money of her own, and had access to knowledge.

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt (available as an eBook and eAudiobook through OverDrive)
Theo Decker is a young boy in New York City and survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned, he is taken in by a friend’s family and struggles with his new life. As he gets older, he becomes fascinated by something that reminds him of his mother: a small painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld.

The Architecture of Happiness – Alain De Botton (available as an eAudiobook through OverDrive)
A journey through the philosophy and psychology of arachitecture and the connection between our identities and our location.

The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander (available as an eBook through OverDrive)
A book that examines the war on drugs and policies that affect convicted felons with access to employment, housing, education, and public benefits.

The Princess Bride – William Goldman (available as an eBook through OverDrive)
The timeless love story between a farm boy named Westley and the beautiful Princess Buttercup.

The Best of Hoopla

As we continue to stay at home, we might be looking for more digital reading content. Hoopla is a great resource that our library has that allows you to download eBooks, eAudiobooks, as well as movies and music. Here are some great digital books that you can access through Hoopla, using your library card.

If you have never used Hoopla before, our website can help get you started. Visit the library website, http://www.lakeblufflibrary.org and click on the “Digital Resources” section or you can go straight to http://www.hoopladigital.com.

Goldie Vance: Comic Issues (Vol. 1) – Hope Larson
Sixteen year old Marigold “Goldie” Vance lives at a Florida resort with her manager father. Her mom works as a live mermaids at a downtown club. Goldie’s curiosity explains her dream of becoming an in-house detective for the resort.

Phoebe and Her Unicorn – Dana Simpson
It all started when Phoebe skipped a rock across a pond and hit a unicorn in the face. This led to Phoebe being granted a single wish and she used it to make the unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, her new best friend. But can a mythical beast and a nine-year-old really forge a connection?

With the Fire on High – Elizabeth Acevedo
Ever since Emoni got pregnant her freshman year, life is all about making tough decisions about her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little magic to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy
Willowdean has been dubbed “Dumplin” by her former beauty queen mom. With her all-American beauty friend Ellen, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast food joint.

In Other Lands – Sarah Rees Brennan
Elliott is a grumpy, nerdy kid who is appalled by technology and the levels of fitness involved in swinging swords around. He’s enchanted by elves and mermaids. Despite his aversions, he finds that two unlikely ideas, friendship and world peace, might actually be possible.

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
Follows the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March. Each girl is different and has a vision of what their future will look like, though ultimately experiencing something different, as most young women do.

The Book of Delights – Ross Gay
A spirited collection of short essays written over the course of a tumultuous year, reminding us of the purpose of praising and celebrating ordinary wonders.

Ready, Set, Read: Books You Can Read In One Sitting

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I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual – Luvvie Ajayi (eBook & eAudiobook available through OverDrive)

True Grit – Charles Portis (eBook available through OverDrive & Hoopla; eAudiobook available through OverDrive)

Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer (eBook available through OverDrive & Axis 360; eAudiobook available through OverDrive)

My Sister, the Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite (eBook & eAudiobook available through OverDrive & Axis 360)

Final Girls – Riley Sager (eBook & eAudiobook available through OverDrive & Axis 360)

The Book of Delights – Ross Gay (eBook available through OverDrive & Hoopla)

Ready, Set, Read: Books You Can Check Out on Hoopla Right Now!

Watch the Lake Bluff Library Facebook and Instagram pages for a book talk on these fantastic titles!

Fiction

Another Brooklyn – Jacqueline Woodson (Hoopla eBook & eAudiobook)
(Also available as an eBook & eAudiobook through OverDrive & Axis 360)

An Extraordinary Union – Alyssa Cole (Hoopla eBook)
(Also available as an eBook through OverDrive)

See What I Have Done – Sarah Schmidt (Hoopla eBook)
(Also available as an eBook & eAudiobook through OverDrive)

Magpie Murders – Anthony Horowitz (Hoopla eBook)
(Also available as an eBook & eAudiobook through OverDrive & Axis 360)

Nonfiction

18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics – Bruce Goldfarb (Hoopla eBook)

Animal Vegetable Miracle: A Year of Food Life – Barbara Kingsolver (Hoopla eBook & eAudiobook)
(Also available as an eBook through OverDrive)

We’re Going to Need More Wine – Gabrielle Union (Hoopla eBook & eAudiobook)(Also available as an eBook & eAudiobook through OverDrive)

Brain Droppings – George Carlin (Hoopla eAudiobook)