In aftermath of tragedies, we hear from patrons and parents who want to find resources to help explore these topics. Here are a selection of books available that explore race and racism. These books are recommended by our librarians and Arlington’s Diversity Task Group. This list is just a selection and we welcome your recommendations in the comments.
Books for Children
Our Children’s Department recommends these books for kids and/or for parents and kids to read together:
“The Day of Ahmed’s Secret” by Florence Parry Heide
“The Other Side” by Jacqueline Woodson
“Amazing Grace” by Mary Hoffman
“Colors of Us” by Karen Katz
“Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson
“All American Boys“ by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Ms. Marvel comic series
“Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates (for adults too)
“The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights” by Steve Sheinkin
Head over to our teen blog for more recommendations. We put together a read-alike list in support of the 2016 Arlington Reads Together.
From Code Switch: Seeking Wonderful Young Adult Novels That Deal With Race
“Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria” by Beverly Daniel Tatum
“The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander
“Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People” by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald
“Waking Up White: and finding myself in the story of race” by Debby Irving
Facing History and Ourselves: Their mission is to “engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.” Some topics they explore include religion intolerance, human rights, immigration and race in US history.