The following is a list of books focused on anti-racism, inclusivity, and related matters of racial, social, and criminal justice.

ADULT

AKASHIC

You Can Keep That to Yourself: A Comprehensive List of What Not to Say to Black People, for Well-Intentioned People of Pallor

Adam Smyer, out now

This book consists of an alphabetized short list of things not to say to African Americans, each designed to strip away the hypocrisy and half-truths of these cultural exchanges by laughing at them.

ATLANTIC

Lawless: A Lawyer’s Unrelenting Fight for Justice in a War Zone

Kimberley Motley, out now

The international human rights attorney, the first foreign lawyer to practice in Afghanistan, recounts her journey and her mission to bring justice to the defenseless and voiceless.

ATRIA

The Eagles of Heart Mountain: A True Story of Football, Incarceration, and Resistance in World War II America

Bradford Pearson, Jan.

In his debut, journalist Pearson recounts how, at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming, where Japanese Americans were detained during WWII, Heart Mountain High School started a football team coached by a former star athlete from the University of Wyoming.

AUGUST

American Runaway: Black and Free in Paris in the Trump Years

Audrey Edwards, out now

An African American journalist of a certain age and wiseass perspective swore she would leave the U.S. if Donald Trump was elected president—and she did just that.

AVERY

Love Is the Way: Holding On to Hope in Troubling Times

Bishop Michael Curry, out now

The clergyman who delivered the sermon at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle provides an inspirational road map for living the way of love, illuminated with lessons from his life as the descendant of slaves and the son of a civil rights activist.

BALLANTINE

Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land

Toni Jensen, out now

The author uses her encounters with gun violence to describe what it means to exist as an Indigenous woman in America.

BENBELLA

Radical Belonging: How to Survive and Thrive in an Unjust World (While Transforming It for the Better)

Lindo Bacon, out now

Bacon blends science and storytelling to provide strategies to reckon with the trauma of injustice, rewire one’s nervous system to better cope in an unjust world, and create a world where all bodies are valued and all of us belong.

BERRETT-KOEHLER

Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit

Mary-Frances Winters, out now

This book explores Black fatigue—the intergenerational impact of systemic racism on the physical and psychological health of Black people—and what society needs to do to combat its pernicious effects.

BOLD TYPE

A More Perfect Reunion: Race, Integration, and the Future of America

Calvin Baker, out now

This book argues that we first need to envision a society no longer defined by the structures of race in order to create one.

BRANDEIS UNIV.

The Other Boston Busing Story: What’s Won and Lost Across the Boundary Line (updated ed.)

Susan E. Eaton, out now

Sixty-five graduates, now adults, recall their experiences and assess the benefits and hardships of crossing racial and class lines on their way to school.

BROADLEAF

Giving Up Whiteness: One Man’s Journey

Jeff James, out now

Wanting to identify his own blindness so others can identify it in themselves, the author undertakes an intimate, humble and disorienting investigation of what it means to be white in 21st-century America.

CAMBRIDGE UNIV.

Hometown Inequality: Race, Class, and Representation in American Local Politics

Brian F. Schaffner, Jesse H. Rhodes, and Raymond J. La Raja, out now

The authors use big data and a representative sample of American communities to examine racial and class inequalities in local politics.

CATAPULT

White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color

Ruby Hamad, out now

This book unpacks white women’s active participation in campaigns of oppression, showing how the division between white women and racialized, sexualized women of color was created, and why this division is crucial to confront.

CHRONICLE

She Votes: How U.S. Women Won Suffrage, and What Happened Next

Bridget Quinn, out now

Quinn profiles the women who won suffrage and those who have continued to raise their voices for equality ever since.

CHALICE

Something in the Water: A 21st Century Civil Rights Odyssey

Michael W. Waters, Jan.

The author reflects on the sacred places and spaces he visited as part of a cross-country trek through the historic sites of America’s racist past.

CHICAGO REVIEW

Cassius X: The Transformation of Muhammad Ali

Stuart Cosgrove, out now

This volume explores the pivotal time when Cassius Clay transformed into Muhammad Ali, and the events, relationships, and experiences that shaped him and defined the era.

The Deaths of Sybil Bolton: Oil, Greed, and Murder on the Osage Reservation

Dennis McAuliffe Jr., out now

While investigating the 1925 death of his Osage Indian grandmother, the Washington Post journalist uncovered a systematic killing spree in the 1920s, carried out by white residents of Oklahoma against the oil-rich Osage Nation.

Overnight Code: The Life of Raye Montague, the Woman Who Revolutionized Naval Engineering

Paige Bowers and David R. Montague, Jan.

This biography profiles the African American woman engineer who created the first computer-designed ship for the Navy.

You Next: Reflections in Black Barbershops

Antonio Johnson, out now

Photos, interviews, and essays explore how Black barber shops operate as sites for the cultivation of Black male identity and wellness in major cities.

Zorro’s Shadow: How a Mexican Legend Became America’s First Superhero

Stephen J.C. Andes, out now

This book uncovers the Latinx origins of the masked crusader and his impact on pop culture, revealing that Zorro was the inspiration for the most iconic superheroes we know today.

CROWN

A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom

Brittany K. Barnett, out now

A young lawyer issues an urgent call to free those buried alive by America’s legal system and tells a true story about unwavering belief in humanity.

Let the Lord Sort Them: The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty

Maurice Chammah, Jan.

This deeply reported portrait of the death penalty in Texas considers what it tells us about crime and punishment in America.

DUTTON

American Rule: How a Nation Conquered the World but Failed Its People

Jared Yates Sexton, out now

Sexton delves into the hypocrisy of the founding fathers, exposes the fault lines in America’s three-branch government and the Electoral College, and examines how white supremacy was a fundamental founding American ideal and how it has been preserved through coded language and institutionalized racism.

EERDMANS

African American Readings of Paul: Reception, Resistance, and Transformation

Lisa M. Bowens, out now

Bowens surveys African American Pauline hermeneutics from the 18th century to the mid-20th century.

After Whiteness: An Education in Belonging

Willie James Jennings, out now

This multimodal reflection investigates how theological education can foster a pluralistic community and resist Western ideals of individualism, masculinity, and whiteness.

THE EXPERIMENT

How to Argue with a Racist: What Our Genes Do (and Don’t) Say About Human Difference

Adam Rutherford, out now

This overview of the science and genetics of race emphatically dismantles outdated notions by illuminating what modern genetics actually can and can’t tell us about human difference. Updated from the U.K. edition, this version includes commentary on Covid-19 and the events sparked by the death of George Floyd.

Speaking of Race: Constructive Conversations About an Explosive Topic

Patricia Roberts-Miller, Jan.

This is a pocket-sized handbook on how to navigate race conversations so that they bring us together rather than divide us.

FLATIRON/OPRAH

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

Emmanuel Acho, out now

Acho takes on all the questions, large and small, insensitive and taboo, that many white Americans are afraid to ask—yet which all Americans need the answers to, now more than ever.

GALLERY/JETER

The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South

Chip Jones, out now

This history exposes the horrifying inequality surrounding the death of a Black man and how he was used as a human guinea pig without his family’s permission or knowledge.

HANOVER SQUARE

Rise Up: Confronting a Country at the Crossroads

Al Sharpton, out now

This is a call to action for today’s turbulent political moment, drawing on lessons learned from the author’s unique experience as a politician, television and radio host, and civil rights leader.

HEALTH COMMUNICATIONS

Black Sheep: A Story of Abandonment, Belonging, and Redemption

Ray Studevent, Jan.

This memoir recounts the author’s childhood growing up biracial in Washington, D.C., abandoned by his birth parents, and lovingly raised by a woman with deep emotional scars from her upbringing in the segregated South.

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV.

The Black Butterfly: The Harmful Politics of Race and Space in America

Lawrence Brown, Jan.

Brown uses Charm City as a case study for exploring the lingering impact of how redlining and other racist policies impact health outcomes.

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT

Black Buck: A Novel

Mateo Askaripour, Jan.

This satirical debut novel follows a young man given a shot at stardom as the lone Black salesman at a mysterious, cultlike, and wildly successful startup where nothing is as it seems.

Light for The World To See: A Thousand Words on Race and Hope

Kwame Alexander, out now

This collection of powerful poems takes on racism and Black resistance in America.

HURST

The Invisible Muslim: Journeys Through Whiteness and Islam

Medina Tenour Whiteman, Feb.

An Anglo-American born to Sufi converts contemplates what it means to be an invisible Muslim, recounting a lifelong search for belonging and the joys and crises of inhabiting more than one identity.

ISLAND

Revolutionary Power: An Activist’s Guide to the Energy Transition

Shalanda Baker, Jan.

The author mines her experiences in a toxic Texas oil town—as an energy-justice advocate, a lawyer, and a queer woman of color—to contextualize the transformation of our energy system within the broader civil rights movement.

IVP

The Colors of Culture: The Beauty of Diverse Friendships

MelindaJoy Mingo, out now

Vivid stories spanning several countries show the beauty of diverse friendships in the author’s life.

IVP ACADEMIC

Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope

Esau McCaulley, out now

This volume is a personal and scholarly testament to the power and hope of Black biblical interpretation.

JUDSON

With Liberty and Justice for Some: The Bible, the Constitution, and Racism in America

Susan K. Williams Smith, out now

The prophetic preacher and pastor argues that the two texts Americans consider sacred have not been merely impotent in eliminating racism; they have been used to support and sustain white supremacy.

KENT STATE UNIV.

The Uncommon Case of Daniel Brown: How a White Police Officer Was Convicted of Killing a Black Citizen, Baltimore, 1875

Gordon Shufelt, Feb.

Illustrates how the issues that the antipolice brutality movement faces today were issues faced by Black people in nineteenth-century Baltimore.

LIVERIGHT

The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X

Les Payne and Tamara Payne, out now

This book draws on more than 100 hours of interviews to correct much of the received wisdom on Malcolm X.

MANGO

Overcoming Hate Through Dialogue: Confronting Prejudice, Racism, and Bigotry with Understanding—and Coffee

Özlem Cekic, Nov.

One of the first Muslim MPs to serve in Danish Parliament details her encounters with the racists and religious extremists who sent her hate mail—after she responded inviting them to meet over coffee.

NEW PRESS

Carving Out a Humanity: Race, Rights, and Redemption

Janet Dewart Bell and Vincent M. Southerland, Nov.

A collection of essays from legal minds like Michelle Alexander and Patricia Williams illuminates the facets of law that perpetuate racial inequality.

Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism

Laura E. Gomez, out now

Gomez argues that all Americans must grapple with Latinos’ dynamic racial identity—because it impacts everything we think we know about race in America.

Killing the Story: Journalists Risking Their Lives to Uncover the Truth in Mexico

Témoris Grecko, out now

The author reveals how his fellow journalists are risking their lives to expose crime and corruption in Mexico, the deadliest country in the world in which to be a reporter.

Let’s Talk About Your Wall: Mexican Writers Respond to the Immigration Crisis

Edited by Carmen Boullosa and Alberto Quintero, out now

This collection uses Trump’s wall as a starting point to discuss important questions, including the history of U.S.-Mexican relations, and questions of sovereignty, citizenship, and borders.

Won’t Lose This Dream: How an Upstart Urban University Rewrote the Rules of a Broken System

Andrew Gumbel, out now

Gumbel details how Georgia State University has upended the conventional wisdom about educating low-income students.

NEWSOUTH

From Marion to Montgomery: The Early Years of Alabama State University, 1867–1925

Joseph Caver, out now

Caver chronicles the Lincoln Normal School’s transformation into the legendary Alabama State University.

From Preaching to Meddling: A White Minister in the Civil Rights Movement

Francis Walter, Jan.

The author shares his journey from the days of the Great Depression through decades of deep South segregation, and into the interracial struggles for racial justice and freedom in Alabama.

My Race to Freedom: A Life in the Civil Rights Movement

Gwendolyn Patton, out now

The author describes how she became
a member of the Montgomery Improvement Association, supported the Freedom Riders, organized students in Tuskegee, and participated in the Selma-to-Montgomery march, thereby starting a life of commitment to key civil rights causes.

NORTH ATLANTIC

Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhists

Chenxing Han, Jan.

The Buddhist chaplain offers accounts of her marginalization as a young Asian American Buddhist, profiles 89 fellow Buddhists, and explores the lingering mistrust many Asian Americans feel as a result of the WWII-era internment of Japanese Americans.

NORTHWESTERN UNIV.

Underground, Monroe, and the Mamalogues: Three Plays

Lisa B. Thompson, out now

With subversive humor, Thompson explores themes such as the Black family, motherhood, migration, racial violence, and trauma through the lens of the Black middle class.

OHIO UNIV.

Ubuntu: George M. Houser and the Struggle for Peace and Freedom on Two Continents

Sheila D. Collins, out now

Collins profiles the white American pacifist minister George M. Houser (1916–2015) and cofounder of the Congress of Racial Equality, whose tireless work for racial justice helped reshape Black civil rights in the U.S. and Africa.

ONE WORLD

Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action

Ibram X. Kendi, out now

The author of How to Be an Antiracist and Stamped from the Beginning offers up a guided journal for reflecting on race and working toward an antiracist future.

The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart

Alicia Garza, out now

One of the country’s leading organizers and a co-creator of Black Lives Matter provides an essential guide to building transformative movements to address the challenges of our time.

OTHER PRESS

Why Didn’t We Riot? A Black Man in Trumpland

Issac J. Bailey, out now

Bailey looks at deeply rooted systematic racism; the legacy of the Jim Crow South; and the intertwining of race, poverty, violence, drug abuse, lack of opportunity, and the Trump presidency.

OXFORD UNIV.

Predict and Surveil: Data, Discretion, and the Future of Policing

Sarah Brayne, out now

Brayne examines police use of predictive analytics, arguing that it deepens existing patterns of inequality, threatens privacy, and challenges civil liberties.

The Puzzle of Prison Order: Why Life Behind Bars Varies Around the World

David Skarbek, out now

Skarbek investigates life in a wide array of prisons to understand the hierarchy of life on the inside, and draws on economics and empirical literature on legal systems to offer a framework for understanding how social order evolves and takes root behind bars.

PENGUIN POETS

Owed

Joshua Bennett, out now

Bennett reckons with the ongoing
ecological catastrophe of anti-Blackness and celebrates the networks of care and kinship that have made such brutal, centuries-long circumstances survivable.

RANDOM HOUSE

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

Isabel Wilkerson, out now

Examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.

His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope

Jon Meacham, with afterword by John Lewis, out now

This intimate and revealing portrait of the civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman links his life to the painful quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present.

ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD

Queer Adolescence: Understanding the Lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual Youth

Charlie McNabb, out now

This book mingles personal accounts with factual information and sensitive analysis to provide a snapshot of the joys and concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual adolescents.

Made Up: How the Beauty Industry Manipulates Consumers, Preys on Women’s Insecurities, and Promotes Unattainable Beauty Standards

Martha Laham, out now

Laham argues that the multibillion-dollar beauty industry props up unrealistic beauty standards, perpetuates gender stereotyping, and promotes cosmetic enhancements to fulfill a growing cultural obsession with image and appearance.

Until I Could Be Sure: How I Stopped the Death Penalty in Illinois

George H. Ryan Sr., out now

Former governor George Ryan describes how he set aside his prior beliefs—and pressure from the public and politicians—to take on the system of punishment that Americans have long grappled with, even as much of the rest of the civilized world has consigned it to the dustbin of history.

ST. MARTIN’S

Long Time Coming: Reckoning
with Race in America

Michael Eric Dyson, Dec.

Five chapters—each addressed to a Black martyr, from Breonna Taylor to Rev. Clementa Pinckney—trace the genealogy of anti-Blackness from the slave ship to the street corner where George Floyd lost his life.

Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause

Ty Seidule, Jan.

The former soldier and head of the West Point history department challenges the myths and lies of the Confederate legacy—and explores why some of this country’s oldest wounds have never healed.

STANFORD UNIV.

Black Privilege: Modern Middle-Class Blacks with Credentials and Cash to Spend

Cassi Pittman Claytor, out now

This account follows middle-class Black New Yorkers as they navigate the social settings of their everyday lives, revealing that they deploy consumption as a cultural tool to manage the challenges and opportunities that arise when you’re both Black and middle-class.

Identity Capitalists: The Powerful Insiders Who Exploit Diversity to Maintain Inequality

Nancy Leong, Feb.

Leong coins the term “identity capitalist” to label those who derive social and economic value from people of color, women, LGBTQ people, the poor, and other outgroups. As Leong contends, our national preoccupation with diversity has turned marginalized identities into valuable commodities.

Manifesto for a Dream: Inequality, Constraint, and Radical Reform

Michelle Jackson, out now

Jackson critiques our contemporary policy agenda, calls for real radical change, and examines universal basic income, flexicurity, socialist economic models, tax credits for families with young children, and lottery access to schools.

GEORGE F. THOMPSON

American/True Colors

Stephen Marc, out now

An African American baby boomer documentary photographer raised in the Midwest records the collective American community in 2020, from public gatherings at parades and protests to everyday encounters on city streets.

THREE ROOMS

Far Away From Close to Home: Essays

Vanessa Baden Kelly, May

This book examines what the idea of home means to a Black millennial woman.

UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA

Smoke but No Fire: Convicting the Innocent of Crimes that Never Happened

Jessica S. Henry, out now

Henry reveals how low-income people of color are often the targets of police misconduct, the impact of aggressive policing practices on communities of color, bigotry, and racism in the courtroom, and the role of race in no-crime wrongful convictions.

UNIV. OF MICHIGAN

Strike for the Common Good: Fighting for the Future of Public Education

Rebecca Kolins Givan and Amy Schrager Lang, out now

This volume tells the story of the current wave of teachers’ strikes in the U.S.

UNIV. OF MISSOURI

America’s Peacemakers: The Community Relations Service and Civil Rights

Bertram Levine and Grande Lum, Nov.

The authors tell the behind-the-scenes story of a small federal agency, which the Trump administration has sought to eliminate, that has made a big difference in civil rights conflicts over the last half century.

UNIV. OF NEVADA

The Battle to Stay in America

Michael Kagan, out now

Kagan explores the complex cruelties of immigration policy in the U.S. and that policy’s impact on the economy.

UNIV. OF NORTH CAROLINA

Fragile Democracy: The Struggle over Race and Voting Rights in North Carolina

James L. Leloudis and Robert R. Korstad, out now

The authors follow race and voting rights from the end of the Civil War until the present day.

How the Streets Were Made: Housing Segregation and Black Life in America

Yelena Bailey, out now

Bailey analyzes the streets through the lens of marketing campaigns, literature, hip-hop, film, and television in order to better understand the cultural meanings associated with the streets.

An Intimate Economy: Enslaved Women, Work, and America’s Domestic Slave Trade

Alexandra J. Finley, out now

The personal histories of four enslaved women illustrate how women’s work was necessary to the functioning of the slave trade, the expansion of cotton production, and the profits accompanying both of these markets.

Recasting the Vote: How Women of Color Transformed the Suffrage Movement

Cathleen D. Cahill, out now

Cahill tells the powerful stories of a multiracial group of activists who propelled the national suffrage movement toward a more inclusive vision of equal rights.

To Make the Wounded Whole: The African American Struggle Against HIV/AIDS

Dan Royles, out now

Royles documents the diverse, creative, and global work of African American activists, including medical professionals, Black gay intellectuals, church pastors, Nation of Islam leaders, recovering drug users, and Black feminists, in the decades-long battle against HIV/AIDS.

Visualizing Equality: African American Rights and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century

Aston Gonzalez, out now

Gonzalez charts the changing roles of African American visual artists during this period.

UNIV. OF PENNSYLVANIA

Voting in Indian Country: The View from the Trenches

Jean Reith Schroedel, out now

This book draws upon oral histories to illuminate the centuries-long fight for Native self-determination—both to control the lands and resources promised to them in perpetuity by treaties and to freely exercise the political rights and liberties promised to all Americans.

VERSO

A Kick in the Belly: Women, Slavery and Resistance

Stella Dadzie, out now

Dadzie recounts how enslaved women struggled for freedom in the West Indies.

Revolutionary Feminisms: Conversations on Collective Action and Radical Thought

Brenna Bhandar and Rafeef Ziadah, out now

The author traces 40 years of anti-racist feminist thought.

WESTMINSTER JOHN KNOX

After Evangelicalism: The Path to a New Christianity

David P. Gushee, out now

Gushee addresses the issues driving many evangelicals from the faith such as systemic racism, sexuality, politics, evangelical identity, biblical interpretation and more, and defines a new kind of Christian humanism.

Lent of Liberation: Confronting the Legacy of American Slavery

Cheri L. Mills, Jan.

This book compiles 40 devotions, each including the testimony of a person who escaped slavery through the Underground Railroad, a Scripture passage, and a reflection connecting biblical and historical themes to challenge modern readers to work for liberation.

WILEY

Undercurrents: Channeling Outrage to Spark Practical Activism

Steve Davis, out now

Davis identifies five powerful forces shaping our world, and outlines how citizens of all kinds can leverage them to find optimism, build courage, and identify opportunities for social change.

ZONDERVAN

The House That Love Built

Sarah Jackson, with Scott Sawyer Hill, out now

The journey of one person questioning what it means to be an American—and a Christian—in light of a broken immigration system, and how the author has opened her heart and her home to help thousands of immigrants.

White Lies

Daniel Hill, Jan.

Hill explains how white Christianity has been infiltrated by white supremacy and offers a practical guide for dismantling white supremacy individually and systematically.

ZONDERVAN REFLECTIVE

How to Fight Racism: Courageous Christianity and the Journey Toward Racial Justice

Jemar Tisby, Jan.

Tisby offers an array of ways to confront racism in our relationships and in everyday life through a simple framework that helps readers interrogate their own actions and maintain a consistent posture of anti-racist action.


CHILDREN’S/YA

ABRAMS

Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball

Jen Bryant, illus. by Frank Morrison, out now

Bryant profiles the basketball icon and civil rights advocate from an all-star team. Ages 4–8.

I Am One: A Book of Action

Susan Verde, illus. by Peter H. Reynolds, out now

This companion to I Am Human and I Am Love is a call to action, encouraging each reader to raise their voice, extend a hand, and take that one first step to start something beautiful and move toward a better world. Ages 4–8.

ANDREWS MCMEEL

Generation Brave: The Gen Z Kids Who Are Changing the World

Kate Alexander, out now

This book showcases regular kids who have become groundbreaking leaders, inspiring movements around the globe to save the planet, to save each other, and to build a better future. Ages 10–up.

ANNICK

Swift Fox All Along

Rebecca Lea Thomas, illus. by Maya McKibbin, out now

The author, an Indigenous activist, based this story on her experiences growing up off-reserve, feeling anxiety about not belonging in her Indigenous community, but ultimately learning to feel proud of her identity. Ages 4–8.

ATHENEUM

Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice

Nikki Grimes, illus. by Laura Freeman, out now

This story showcases the young daughter of immigrants who would grow up to defend the rights of people everywhere and become the vice-president-elect of the U.S. Ages 4–8.

Together We March: 25 Protest Movements That Marched into History

Leah Henderson, illus. by Tyler Feder, Jan.

Henderson recounts 25 groundbreaking protest movements that have shaped the way we fight for equality and justice today. Ages 7–up.

ATHENEUM/DLOUHY

Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From

Jennifer De Leon, out now

Latinx first-generation American Liliana Cruz does what it takes to fit in at her new, nearly all white school. But when family secrets come out and racism at school gets worse than ever, she must decide what she believes in and take a stand. Ages 14–up.

BALZER + BRAY

Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea

Meena Harris, illus. by Ana Ramirez Gonzalez, out now

A picture book about two sisters who work with their community to effect change, inspired by a true story the childhood of the author’s aunt, U.S. vice-president-elect Kamala Harris, and mother, lawyer and policy expert Maya Harris. Ages 4–8.

Punching the Air: A Novel

Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam, out now

Bestselling author Zoboi teams up with prison reform activist Salaam (of the Exonerated Five), to create a novel in verse about a boy who is wrongfully incarcerated. Ages 14–up.

Sometimes People March

Tessa Allen, out now

Allen shows how Americans exercise their right to free speech by marching in the name of justice. Ages 4–8.

BLOOMSBURY

The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival

Amra Sabic-El-Rayess and Laura L. Sullivan, out now

The author shares her experience growing up as a Bosnian Muslim in Bihac during the Bosnian War. Ages 13–up.

Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance

Nikki Grimes, Jan.

Unique illustrations from African-American women bring to the forefront the struggles, victories, pain, and joy experienced by these overlooked women poets of the Harlem Renaissance. Ages 10–14.

The Lemon Tree (young readers’ ed.)

Sandy Tolan, out now

A Palestinian and an Israeli forge a friendship, demonstrating that even amid the bleakest political realities there exists hope and transformation. Ages 9–11.

BOOM! BOX

Seen: True Stories of Marginalized Trailblazers: Edmonia Lewis

Jasmine Walls, illus. by Bex Glendining, out now

This entry in the Seen series profiles Edmonia Lewis, the first sculptor of African American and Native American heritage to earn international acclaim. Ages 12–up.

CALKINS CREEK

Finding a Way Home: Mildred and Richard Loving and the Fight for Marriage Equality

Larry Dane Brimner, Dec.

When Mildred and Richard Loving are arrested, jailed, and exiled from their home simply because of their mixed-race marriage, they must challenge the courts and the country to secure their civil rights. Ages 12–up.

Race Against Time: The Untold Story of Scipio Jones and the Battle to Save Twelve Innocent Men

Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace, Jan.

This book introduces the self-taught attorney who was born enslaved and recounts how he led a momentous series of court cases to save 12 Black men who’d been unjustly sentenced to death. Ages 10–14.

The Teachers March! How Selma’s Teachers Changed History

Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace, illus. by Charly Palmer, out now

This book is a tribute to the educators who participated in the 1965 Selma Teachers’ March, demonstrating the power of protest and standing up for a just cause. Ages 7–10.

CHARLESBRIDGE

No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History

Lindsay H. Metcalf, Keila V. Dawson, and Jeanette Bradley, illus. by Jeanette Bradley,
out now

This book showcases 14 young activists who have stepped up to make change in their communities and the U.S., and shares how readers can get involved. Ages 5–9.

CLARION

A Place at the Table

Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan, out now

Sixth-graders Sara, a Pakistani American, and Elizabeth, a white, Jewish girl taking a South Asian cooking class taught by Sara’s mother, explore themes of food, friendship, family and what it means to belong. Ages 8–12.

Speak Up

Miranda Paul, illus. by Ebony Glenn, out now

This book celebrates diversity and encourages kids to speak up, unite with others, and take action when they see something that needs to be fixed. Ages 4–7.

CROWN

Dear Justyce

Nic Stone, out now

Quan and Justyce grew up a block apart. years later, Justyce walks the halls of Yale University while Quan sits behind bars and writes letters to Justyce about his experiences in the American juvenile justice system. Ages 14–up.

The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth

Edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson, out now

Thirty short stories, essays, poems, and artworks invite all families to be anti-racist advocates for change. Ages 10–up.

DELACORTE

The Assignment: A Novel

Liza Wiemer, out now

When an assignment given by a favorite teacher instructs a group of students to argue in favor of the Nazi genocide of the Jewish people, the student body, their parents, and the larger community are forced to face the issue. Ages 12–up.

The Beautiful Struggle (adapted for young adults)

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jan.

Coates explores how boys become men, recounting his experiences of power struggles on the streets and between father and son. Ages 12–up.

This Is Your Time

Ruby Bridges, out now

Inspired by the recent wave of activism led by young people fighting for racial justice, the civil rights icon—who, at the age of six, was the first Black child to integrate an all-white elementary school in New Orleans—shares her story and offers a powerful call to action. Ages 10–up.

DIAL

Lubaya’s Quiet Roar

Marilyn Nelson, illus. by Philemona Williamson, out now

In this picture book about social justice activism and the power of introverts, a quiet girl’s artwork makes a big impression at a protest. Ages 5–8.

FARRAR, STRAUS AND GIROUX

The Awakening of Malcolm X

Ilyasah Shabazz and Tiffany D. Jackson, Jan.

This narrative account of the activist’s adolescent years in jail was written by his daughter Ilyasah Shabazz along with 2019 Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe Award–winning author Tiffany D. Jackson. Ages 12–18.

FEIWEL AND FRIENDS

Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community

The Born This Way Foundation reporters, with Lady Gaga, out now

This volume collects inspiring true
stories of young people who made a
difference through acts of kindness. Ages 12–18.

Watch Me

Doyin Richards, illus. by Joe Cepeda, Jan.

Based on the author’s father’s own story of coming to America from Africa, Watch Me teaches readers kindness and empathy through accessible text that breaks down the differences between new and old Americans, and amplifies what we all have in common. Ages 3–5.

FIRST SECOND

Displacement

Kiku Hughes, out now

A teenager is pulled back in time to witness her grandmother’s experiences in World War II–era Japanese internment camps. Ages 12–18.

FLYAWAY

For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World

Michael W. Waters, illus. by Keisha Morris, out now

Inspired by real-life events, this picture book tells the story of a boy and his family who discover hopeful forms of activism and advocacy in response to racism and gun violence in their community. Includes a discussion and activity guide on racism, gun violence and social change. Ages 6–10.

GREENWILLOW

Turning Point

Paula Chase, out now

Monique navigates racism in her mostly white prestigious ballet academy; her best friend Rashida, who usually follows her strict aunt’s every rule, catches Monique’s brother’s eye. Ages 8–12.

HARPERCOLLINS

Everyone Gets a Say

Jill Twiss, illus. by E.G. Keller, out now

The team behind A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo returns with a picture book about voting. Ages 4–8.

HOLT

Flying High: The Story of Gymnastics Champion Simone Biles

Michelle Meadows, illus. by Ebony Glenn, Dec.

This picture book tells the life story of Simone Biles, international gymnastics champion and Olympic superstar. Ages 4–8.

Voices of Justice: Poems About People Working for a Better World

George Ella Lyon, illus. by Jennifer M. Potter, out now

This collection of poems highlights activists from around the world and throughout history. Ages 8–12.

Who Did It First: 50 Icons, Luminaries, and Legends Who Revolutionized the World

Edited by Alex Hart, written by Megan Reid, illus. by Jess Cruickshank, out now

This vibrantly illustrated collection profiles women and men—and one dog—who made indelible marks in entertainment, science, politics, and sports. Ages 8–12.

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT

The Suitcase

Chris Naylor-Ballesteros, out now

This story explores how a community does—or does not—make room for those who are seen as different for any reason. Ages 4–7.

INKYARD

Come On In: 15 Stories About Immigration and Finding Home

Adi Alsaid, out now

This collection of stories, edited by the author of Let’s Get Lost, features teen immigrants. Ages 13–up.

One of the Good Ones

Maika and Maritza Moulite, Jan.

The Hate U Give meets Get Out in this novel from the sister authors of Dear Haiti, Love Alaine. Ages 13–up.

KOKILA

My Rainbow

DeShanna and Trinity Neal, illus. by Art Twink, out now

A dedicated mother puts love into action as she creates the perfect rainbow-colored wig for her transgender daughter, in a story based on the real-life experience of the authors, who are a mother-daughter advocate duo. Ages 4–8.

LB/PATTERSON AND HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT

Becoming Muhammad Ali

James Patterson and Kwame Alexander, illus. by Dawud Anyabwile, out now

Written in cooperation with the Muhammad Ali estate, this book recounts the life of a young Cassius Clay—including how the Louisville community he was raised in informed his own growth as an activist. Ages 8–12.

MACMILLAN

I Am Thunder

Muhammad Khan, out now

Fifteen-year-old Muzna Saleem is forced to choose between her heart and beliefs when she uncovers a dangerous secret. Ages 12–up.

Kick the Moon

Muhammad Khan, out now

A teenage boy learns to throw off the pressures of school, family, friends, and enemies. Ages 12–up.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

A World Together

Sonia Manzano, out now

Manzano, who plays Sesame Street’s beloved character Maria, combines lyrical prose and photographs of people around the world in this picture book about how, despite superficial differences, we are all the same.

PAGE STREET

My Hair Is Magic!

M.L. Marroquin, illus. by Tonya Engel, out now

A girl loves her beautiful, natural Afro-textured hair and celebrates it in creative and inventive ways. Ages 4–8.

PEACHTREE

Thanks to Frances Perkins: Fighter for Workers’ Rights

Deborah Hopkinson, illus. by Kristy Caldwell, out now

This book introduces the woman who created the U.S. Social Security system and became the first woman cabinet member in FDR’s administration. Ages 6–10.

William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad

Don Tate, out now

The little-known story of the man called the Father of the Underground Railroad also highlights the many contributions Black people made to the success of the Underground Railroad. Ages 6–10.

PENGUIN WORKSHOP

Concrete Kids

Amyra León, illus. by Ashley Lukashevsky, out now

Free verse challenges readers to dream beyond their circumstances—and sometimes even despite them. Ages 12–up.

What Is the Civil Rights Movement?

Sherri L. Smith, Dec.

Smith brings to life momentous events through the words and stories of people who were on the frontlines of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s. Ages 8–12.

NEAL PORTER

Resist! Peaceful Acts That Changed Our World

Diane Stanley, out now

Stanley combines 21 essays with artwork to honor the people who have used peaceful resistance and non-violent protests to make their voices heard. Ages 7–10.

PUTNAM

Sanctuary

Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher, out now

The cofounder of the Women’s March makes her YA debut, in which a girl and her brother in a near-future dystopia must escape a xenophobic government to find sanctuary. Ages 12–up.

QUILL TREE

Class Act

Jerry Craft, out now

This follow-up to Craft’s Newbery-winning New Kid focuses on Jordan’s friend, Drew, who has struggles of his own at Riverdale Academy Day School. Ages 8–12.

RANDOM HOUSE BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

Take Back the Block

Chrystal D. Giles, Jan.

This book introduces an irresistible sixth-grader and asks what it means to belong—to a place and a movement—and to fight for what you believe in. Ages 8–12.

This Is My America

Kim Johnson, out now

Will Tracy and her family survive the uncovering of their Texas town’s racist history that still haunts the present? Ages 12–up.

ROARING BROOK

Baseball’s Leading Lady: Effa Manley and the Rise of the Negro Leagues

Andrea Williams, Jan.

This volume profiles Effa Manley, the first and only woman in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Ages 10–14.

Mighty Justice: The Untold Story of Civil Rights Trailblazer Dovey Johnson Roundtree (young readers’ ed.)

Katie McCabe, adapted by Jabari Asim, Dec.

This young reader’s version adapts the memoir of activist Dovey Johnson Roundtree. Ages 10–14.

RUNNING PRESS

Nuestra América: 30 Inspiring Latinas/Latinos Who Have Shaped the United States

Sabrina Vourvoulias, illus. by Gloria Felix, out now

Stories of 30 Latinas and Latinos throughout history and their contributions to the character of the U.S. Ages 8–up.

Sugar in Milk

Thrity Umrigar, illus. by Khoa Le, out now

This folktale illustrates how everyone benefits from diversity. Ages 4–8.

SPRUCE

Anti-racism: Powerful Voices, Inspiring Ideas

Kenrya Rankin, out now

Rankin gathers the thoughts and missions of activists while centering the lived experiences of Black people. Ages 12–up.

VIKING

Lifting as We Climb

Evette Dionne, out now

Dionne draws a historical line from abolition to suffrage to civil rights to contemporary young activists, filling in the blanks of the American suffrage story. Ages 10–up.

WEDNESDAY

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Story of Black Lives Matter and the Power to Change the World (young adult ed.)

Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele, out now

This edition adapts the coming-of-age story from one of the leaders in the new generation of social activists. Ages 12–up.

WORKMAN

The ABCs of Black History

Rio Cortez, illus. by Lauren Semmer, Dec.

Cortez highlights key names, moments, and places in Black history, with illustrations evocative of folk paintings. Ages 5–up.

ZEST

Into the Streets: A Young Person’s Visual History of Protest in the United States

Marke Bieschke, out now

Bieschke looks at the personalities and issues that have driven American protests, as well as their varied aims and accomplishments, from spontaneous hashtag uprisings to highly planned strategies of civil disobedience, highlighting teens’ involvement. Ages 14–18.

She Represents: 44 Women Who Are Changing Politics... and the World

Caitlin Donohue, out now

Donohue profiles women leaders from both sides of the U.S. political spectrum and from around the world, including their paths to power, their achievements and missteps, and their lasting legacies. Ages 13–18.

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