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This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work, by Tiffany Jewell (2020)

How to Be an Anti-Racist, by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi (2019)

We Can't Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival, by Jabari Asim (2018)

I Can't Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street, by Matt Taibbi

Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City, by Wes Moore and Erica L. Green

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, by Ibram X. Kendi (2017)

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi (2020)

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, by Jennifer L. Eberhardt (2019)

An Indigenous History of the United States for Young People, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, adapted by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese (2019)

Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture and Identity, by Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi (2019)

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo (2018)
(related article: "What's My Complicity: Talking White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo in Teaching Tolerance, Summer 2019)

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown (2019)

Don’t Label Me: An Incredible Conversation for Divided Times, by Irshad Manji (2019)

So You Want to Talk About Race? by Ijeoma Oluo. (2018)

Algorithms of Oppression, by Safiya Umoja Noble (2018)


"The Numbers Are In: 2019 CCBC Diversity Statistices," Cooperative Children's Book Center, CCBlogC (2020)

"Black in Kidlit Thursday," by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, A Year of Thursdays Blog (June 4, 2020)

"A Letter From a Black Woman in Publishing on the Industry's Cruel, Hypocritical Insistence That Words Matter," by Mariah Stovall, Publishers Weekly (June 8, 2020)

"YA Twitter Can Be Toxic, But It Also Points Out Real Problems," by Molly Templeton, Buzzfeed News (June 24, 2019)

"Is it OK for a White Author to Write Black Characters?" by Laura Lippman, Washington Post (2019)

"In Y.A., Where is the Line Between Criticism and Cancel Culture?" by Katy Waldman (Mar 21, 2019)

"Speaking Up Without Tearing Down," by Loretta J. Ross, Teaching Tolerance (Spring 2019)

"With 'Molly of Denali,' PBS Raises its Bar For Inclusion," by Julia Jacobs, New York Times (July 15, 2019)

"The 2017 College Grad Who Got Attacked by a Horde of YA Authors Had No Idea What She Was Getting Into," by Ruth Graham, Slate (Nov 15, 2019)

“The Diversity Jedi: Celebrating the Advocates Who’ve Seized the Children’s-Literature Conversation,” by Vicky Smith, Kirkus (April 4, 2019) 

"White People Are Broken," by Katherine Fugate, Medium (Aug 22, 2018)

“My Story, Your Story, Their Story, Who Gets to Tell It? First Voice/Own Voice and Indigenous, POC, LGBTQI Children’s Books,” by Maya Gonzalez (April 27, 2018)

“The Struggle Continues: How the Endings of Children’s Literature Create False Narratives of Social Movements,” by Makai Kellogg, Social Justice Books (2019)

“My Book on George Washington was Banned. Here’s My Side of the Story,” by Ramin Ganeshram, The Guardian (Feb 18, 2016)

"A Birthday Cake for George Washington: The Problem with Banishing Books,” by the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) (January 22, 2016)

“In an Era of Online Outrage, Do Sensitivity Readers Result in Better Books, or Censorship?” by Alexandra Alter, New York Times (Dec 24, 2017)

"This Book is Racist, Damaging, Rewritten: Kierra Drake’s debut was slammed for using racial stereotypes for her characters. Unlike other authors, she rewrote the book,” by Everdeen Mason, Washington Post (Mar 19, 2018)

“Black Kids Don’t Want to Read About Harriet Tubman All the Time,” by Denene Millner, New York Times (Mar 10, 2018)

“Racism, Whiteness, and Burnout in Anti-Racism Movements: How White Racial Justice Activists Elevate Burnout in Racial Justice Activists of Color in the United States,” by Paul C. Gorski and Noura Erakat, Ethnicities (2019)

Missing From the Shelf: Book Challenges and Lack of Diversity in Children’s Literature, a report by PenAmerica (2016)

Elizabeth Acevedo’s Work Is a Welcome Rarity in Young-Adult Fiction The Atlantic (May 21, 2019)

There is No Secret to Writing About People Who Do Not Look Like You, by Brandon Taylor (2016)

"Unmaking the White Default: Writing About Race," by Vicky Smith, Kirkus (May 4, 2016)

"The Apartheid of Children's Literature," by Christopher Myers, New York Times (Mar 15, 2014)


Confronting Prejudice: How to Protect Yourself and Help Others, Pepperdine University's online Master of Psychology program.

Picture Book Summit's recommended reading list: "Anti-Racism Picture Books"

MOMENTUM: A Medium blog about the fight against anti-Black racism

Diversity Baseline Survey (Lee & Low Books)


"An Anti-Racist Children's & YA Reading List" (Publishers Weekly)

"An Anti-Racist Graphic Novel Reading List" (Publishers Weekly)

"An Anti-Racist Nonfiction Reading List" (Publishers Weekly)

National Museum of African American History and Culture's "Talking About Race" 

The 1619 Project: Pulitzer Center Education Programming 

Africa Access Review (Children's Africana Book Awards)

Diversity Book Lists & Activities... (Multicultural Children's Book Day)

Research on Diversity in Youth Literature (RDYL),

Teaching for Change: Building Social Justice Starting in the Classroom

Reading While White: Working for Racial Diversity and Inclusion in Books For Children and Teens


We Need Diverse Books (WNDB)

Disability in Kidlit

American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL)

De Colores: The Raza Experience in Books for Children

The Brown Bookshelf

Latinxs in Kid Lit


Social Justice Books' "Freedom Reads: Anti-Bias Book Talk" video series (Teaching For Change)

Brown Bookshelf's "KidLit Rally 4 Black Lives: Anti-Racist Resources for Children, Families, and Educators" -- includes link to #Kidlit4BlackLives rally (June 2020)

Instagram series by Layla Saad, author of Me and White Supremacy

"How to be an Anti-Racist" -- Dr. Ibram X. Kendi speaks about his book How to be an Anti-Racist (June 26, 2019) 

NPR's podcast "Code Switch" -- "fearless conversations about race"

“The May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture: An Indigenous Critique of Whiteness in Children’s Literature,” by Debbie Reese (April 14, 2019)

“Diversity Designed by Adversity,” a TEDx Talk by Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Dec 18, 2017)

“The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf,” a TEDx Talk by Grace Lin (Jan 2016)

“What it Takes to be Racially Literate,” a TEDWomen Talk by Priya Vulchi and Winona Gua (Nov 2017)

“The Urgency of Intersectionality,” a TEDWomen Talk by Kimberlé Crenshaw (Oct 2016)





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