City of Refugees: The Story of Three Newcomers Who Breathed Life into a Dying American Town

Susan Hartman, May 2022

An intimate portrait of the newcomers revitalizing the old manufacturing town of Utica, N.Y., by starting small businesses, renovating houses, and adding a fresh vitality to the community through cultural diversity.


Black Love Matters

Edited by Jessica P. Pryde, Feb. 2022

Authors, newcomers, librarians, academics, and avid readers and reviewers consider the mirrors and windows into Black love as it is depicted in the novels, television shows, and films that have shaped their own stories.


Reclaiming Your Community: You Don’t Have to Move out of Your Neighborhood to Live in a Better One

Majora Carter, Feb. 2022

Carter offers solutions for ending the brain drain that she says cripples low-income communities, mapping out a development strategy focused on encouraging talented people to stay and help lift up their communities.


Carved in Ebony: Lessons from the Black Women Who Shape Us

Jasmine Holmes, out now

Holmes urges readers to look past the stories of white males depicted in most history books and details how Black women have been some of the main figures in defining the landscape of American history and faith.


This Is Not Your Country

Amin Ahmad, out now

This collection of stories challenges conventional assumptions about the inner and outer lives of immigrants from South Asia, who often struggle to establish new lives in the United States.


Women of Fire and Snow: Short Stories

Nati del Paso, out now

A collection of contemporary stories of women straddling the Mexican-American divide while finding their place and voice.


Choosing Us: Marriage and Mutual Flourishing in a World of Difference

Gail Song Bantum and Brian Bantum, Mar. 2022

The authors detail the lessons, mistakes, and principles that have helped them navigate race, family history, and gender dynamics through more than 20 years of marriage.


Unbossed: How Black Girls Are Leading the Way

Khristi Lauren Adams, Mar. 2022

A compendium of practical lessons in leadership, resilience, empathy, and tenacity from a group of young leaders of color who are often neglected.


All Rise: Resistance and Rebellion in South Africa

Richard Conyngham, illus. by Dada Khanyisa et al., Apr. 2022

Six stories of resistance by marginalized South Africans against the country’s colonial government in the years leading up to Apartheid.


Anti-racism 4 REALS: Real Talk with Real Strategies in Real Time for Real Change

Sheila M. Beckford and E. Michelle Ledder, out now

Two anti-racism trainers—one Black Latina woman ordained in a white-dominant denomination and one white woman ordained in a historically Black denomination—approach the same material from their own racialized experiences, perspectives, and identity.


Wash Day Diaries

Jamila Rowser and Robyn Smith, May 2022

A graphic novel taking its title from the wash day experience shared by Black women everywhere of setting aside all plans and responsibilities for a full day of washing, conditioning, and nourishing their hair.


African American Soldier: A Two-Hundred Year History of African Americans in the U.S. Military

Michael L. Lanning, Jan. 2022

Retired lieutenant colonel Lanning explores the pivotal role of African Americans who risked their lives for their country in conflicts from the colonial days through more recent struggles of the 21st century.

Seventh Child: A Family Memoir of Malcolm X

Rodnell P. Collins and A. Peter Bailey, Jan. 2022

An intimate portrait of Malcolm X not just as a revolutionary leader but as a complex family man, told through personal stories, memories, and rare family photos from the sister who raised him and his nephew.


Dear White Women: Let’s Get (Un)comfortable Talking About Racism

Sara Blanchard and Misasha Suzuki Graham, out now

The authors aim to contextualize racism throughout American history in targeted chapters that encourage readers to listen, learn, and act.



Trice Hickman, out now

In Hickman’s follow-up to The Other Side, three friends who’ve shared everything—including the same birthday—bond over the triumphs, trials, and unexpected complications surrounding the men they love.


South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation

Imani Perry, Jan. 2022

Perry weaves stories of immigrant communities, contemporary artists, exploitative opportunists, enslaved and segregated peoples, unsung heroes, and her personal history and ancestry as a Black woman born in Alabama.


That We May Be One: Practicing Unity in a Divided Church

Gary B. Agee, Apr. 2022

Agee explores the roots of division within the church—political, racial, and otherwise—and the virtues and practices that can promote the restoration of unity.



Ian Williams, out now

Williams highlights the impact of racial encounters on racialized people and the whiplash of race that can occur while minding one’s own business.


Jefa in Training: The Business Startup Toolkit for Entrepreneurial and Creative Women

Ashley K. Stoyanov-Ojeda, Dec.

This Spanglish project-launching toolkit and entrepreneurial planner is specially made for a new generation of boss women.


Black Joy: Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration

Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts, Feb. 2022

This collection of personal essays celebrates the redemptive strength of Black joy.


Ordinary Equality: The Fearless Women and Queer People Who Shaped the U.S. Constitution and the Equal Rights Amendment

Kate Kelly, illus. by Nicole LaRue, Mar. 2022

An exploration of the past, present, and future of the Equal Rights Amendment through the lives of the bold, fearless women and queer people who have helped shape the U.S. Constitution.


Arise, Chicago

Moumita and Subhankar Bhattacharyya, Feb. 2022

This account of Swami Vivekananda’s historic voyage from Bombay to Chicago in 1893 highlights how the Hindu monk introduced Spiritual India to the materialistic West.


Admissions: A Memoir of Surviving Boarding School

Kendra James, Jan. 2022

A look into the storied world of elite prep schools from the first African American legacy student to graduate from the Taft School.


This Woman’s Work: Essays on Music

Edited by Kim Gordon and Sinead Gleeson, May 2022

A collection for and about the women musicians who kicked in doors, as pioneers of their craft or by making politics central to their sound, offering new ways of thinking about the vast spectrum of women in music.


Black Market: An Insider’s Journey into the High-Stakes World of College Basketball

Merl Code, Mar. 2022

From a former college basketball player and shoe rep for Nike comes an insider’s account into the dark underworld of college basketball to expose the corrupt and racist systems that exploit young athletes.


The Movement Made Us

David J. Dennis Jr. and David J. Dennis Sr., May 2022

This oral history and memoir, pivoting between the voices of a father and son, chronicles the story of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and its living legacy embodied in Black Lives Matter.


Black Girls Must Be Magic

Jayne Allen, Feb. 2022

In the second installment in the Black Girls Must Die Exhausted series, Walker copes with more of life’s challenges with a little help and lots of love from friends old and new.


Angela Davis: An Autobiography

Angela Y. Davis, Feb. 2022

First published and edited by Toni Morrison in 1974, this edition features a new introduction by the author.


Been in the Struggle: Pursuing an Antiracist Spirituality

Regina Shands Stoltzfus and Tobin Miller Shearer, out now

The authors share the pains and joys experienced in three decades of partnership in anti-racism work across racial lines.


How We Can Win: Race, History, and Changing the Money Game That’s Rigged

Kimberly Jones, Jan. 2022

The activist and former bookseller calls for Reconstruction 2.0, a multilayered plan for Black Americans to reclaim
economic and social restitutions.


In the Face of the Sun: A Novel

Denny S. Bryce, Apr. 2022

At the height of the civil rights movement, a pregnant young woman and her brash, profane aunt embark upon an audacious road trip from Chicago to Los Angeles to confront a decades-old mystery from 1920s Black Hollywood.


Love from the Inside Out: Lessons and Inspiration for Loving Yourself, Your Partner, and Your World

Robert Mack, Dec.

Mack explores the frustration and futility of seeking love from others, instead of oneself—and in the future, instead of the present.


Death Row Welcomes You

Steven Hale, Mar. 2022

A look at justice and ethics in America, viewed through the interwoven lives of condemned prisoners and the men and women who come to visit them.

John Lewis: The Last Interview: And Other Conversations

John Lewis and Jelani Cobb, out now

A collection of interviews with civil rights activist and congressman John Lewis spanning the breadth of his career.


Inclusion on Purpose: An Intersectional Approach to Creating a Culture of Belonging at Work

Ruchika Tulshyan, Feb. 2022

Tulshyan explores how leaders and organizations can meaningfully foster diversity, equity and inclusion by taking action to address and prevent workplace bias, while centering on the workplace experience of women of color, who are subject to both gender and racial bias.


We Were Dreamers

Simu Liu, May 2022

Liu, star of Shang-Chi and the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s newest recruit, shares his own origin story of growing up between cultures, finding one’s family, and becoming the master of one’s own extraordinary circumstance.


A Queer Dharma: Yoga and Meditations for Liberation

Jacoby Ballard, out now

The author, a trans man and survivor, weaves his personal stories into the teachings he offers for healing from trauma and social injustice.


All The Flowers Kneeling

Paul Tran, Feb. 2022

A debut poetry collection that investigates intergenerational trauma, sexual violence, and U.S. imperialism in an effort to alter readers’ understanding of freedom, power, and control.


Baseline Shift: Untold Stories of Women in Graphic Design History

Edited by Briar Levit, out now

This work strives to highlight Women whose efforts have shaped, shifted, and formed graphic design as we know it today, including auteurs, advocates for social justice, and creators ahead of their time.


New Moons: Contemporary Writings by North American Muslims

Edited by Kazim Ali, out now

A collection of works by practicing and nonpracticing Muslims that highlight the diversity of Muslim voices and experience.


Social Problems and Social Control in Criminal Justice

Stacy Burns and Mark Peyrot, May 2022

The authors explore how social control efforts have adapted and changed over time—and how some efforts have inadvertently contributed to the problems they are trying to alleviate.


Effective Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, Inclusion, and Anti-racism Practices for Museums: From the Inside Out

Cecile Shellman, Feb. 2022

Equal parts autobiography, cautionary tale, and actionable recommendations, for this book, published in partnership with the American Alliance of Museums, Shellman draws from her nearly three-decade career of being “the only one in the room.”


Just Pursuit: A Black Prosecutor’s Fight for Fairness

Laura Coates, Jan. 2022

Through her experience as a Black female prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice, Coates offers an insider’s look at courtroom proceedings as a parade of Black and brown defendants are hauled in and systemic racism plays out.

Sari, Not Sari

Sonya Singh, Apr. 2022

A woman tries to connect with her South Asian roots through a memorable cast of characters in a veritable feast of food, family traditions, and fun.


An Abolitionist’s Handbook

Patrisse Cullors, Jan. 2022

Cullors lays out her plan for how everyday activists can effectively fight for an abolitionist present and future.


Ageism Unmasked: Exploring Age Bias and How to End It

Tracey Gendron, Mar. 2022

The nationally recognized gerontologist and speaker uncovers ageism’s roots, impact, and how readers can create a new reality of elderhood.


Under Color of Law

Aaron Philip Clark, out now

A Black rookie LAPD detective must deal with his superiors while scouring the underbelly of the city to uncover the truth behind the murder of a young police recruit.


Occupying Massachusetts: Layers of History on Indigenous Land

Sandra Matthews, Apr. 2022

A photographic meditation on the human occupation of land, with an emphasis on the long presence of Indigenous people in Massachusetts and the impact on the land by waves of settlement by foreign people from all over the world—from the early 1600s to the present day.


Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman’s Fight to End Ableism

Elsa Sjunneson, out now

Deafblind writer and media studies professor Sjunneson explores how the misrepresentation of disability in books, movies, and TV harms both the disabled community and everyone else.


What the Fireflies Knew

Kai Harris, Feb. 2022

Over the course of a sweltering summer, a 10-year-old girl attempts to get her bearings after her father dies of an overdose and the debts incurred from his addiction cause the loss of the family home in Detroit.



Tochi Onyebuchi, Jan. 2022

In the 2050s, those with the means to flee have left Earth for the plush comfort of space colonies—and those without the means are left behind, forced to salvage what they can from beneath the weight of the world’s collapsing infrastructure.


How to Heal Our Racial Divide: What the Bible Says, and the First Christians Knew, About Racial Reconciliation

Derwin Gray, Apr. 2022

The popular Bible teacher details how, from the beginning, God envisioned a reconciled multiethnic family in loving community, reflecting His beauty and healing presence in the world.


Black American Refugee: Escaping the Narcissism of the American Dream

Tiffanie Drayton, Feb. 2022

An expansion of Drayton’s New York Times piece of the same name, this book examines in depth the intersection of her personal experiences and the broader culture and historical ramifications of American racism and global white supremacy.


The Race-Wise Family: Ten Postures to Becoming Households of Healing and Hope

Helen Lee and Michelle Reyes, May 2022

This resource is geared toward equipping Christian parents to better understand the roots of racism and provide practical guidance on addressing issues of race within their families.



Black Ballerinas: My Journey to Our Legacy

Misty Copeland, out now

The American Ballet Theatre principal dancer pays tribute to Black ballerinas, both past and present, who have influenced her on and off the stage. Ages 10–up.


Black Girls Unbossed: Young World Changers Leading the Way

Khristi Lauren Adams, Mar. 2022

Adams introduces readers to eight young Black women changing the world, including the founder of a child literacy nonprofit, political activists, and a school shooting survivor who launched a political action committee to prevent gun violence. Ages 8–12.


Carrimebac, the Town That Walked

David Barclay Moore, illus. by John Holyfield, Mar. 2022

This tale of Black endurance draws on the rhythms and traditions of African American storytelling to open a window into the past. Ages 6–9.

Love in the Library

Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Yas Imamura, Jan. 2022

Based on true events, this love story is set in an internment camp where the U.S. detained Japanese Americans during WWII. Ages 6–9.


Halley’s Comet

Hannes Barnard, Jan. 2022

Set in the final years of South African apartheid, a white 16-year-old schoolboy and two complete strangers—a Black farmworker’s son and an Indian shopkeeper’s daughter—find themselves running for their lives from the vicious Rudie. Ages 12–18.


Black Girl Rising

Brynne Barnes, June 2022

Barnes alchemizes the sorrow and strength of the past into the brilliant gold of the future, sweeping young readers of all backgrounds into an exploration of what it means to be Black, female, and glorious. Ages 5–8.

Shine On, Luz Véliz!

Rebecca Balcarcel, May 2022

Family drama and dauntless determination illuminate Luz’s journey as she summons her inner strength and learns to accept others and embrace the enduring connection of family. Ages 8–12.


The Beautiful Struggle (adapted for young adults)

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jan. 2022

Adapted from the adult memoir, Coates explores his coming-of-age story—especially his relationship with a father who’d been part of the Black Panthers—during a turbulent period in the collapsing city of Baltimore where they lived. Ages 12–up.

Becoming (adapted for young readers)

Michelle Obama, Mar. 2022

Obama’s worldwide bestselling memoir, adapted for young readers, offers a fascinating account of a life led by example. Ages 10–up.


Civil Rights Then & Now

Kristina Brooke Daniele, Jan. 2022

Daniele introduces readers to a selection of civil rights movement facts and historical events in Black history. Ages 8–12.

Young Trailblazers: The Book of Black Heroes and Groundbreakers

M.J. Fievre, illus. by Kim Balacuit, Mar. 2022

This book introduces the stories of Black trailblazers who persevered through adversity to inspire generations to come. Ages 8–12.


I Hate Borsch!

Yevgenia Nayberg, Apr. 2022

A girl despises Eastern Europe’s most beloved soup, but when she immigrates to the U.S., American food leaves her feeling empty, until she discovers borscht recipes in an old suitcase. Ages 4–8.


Leaf Talks Peace: Buddha’s Message of Harmony

Priya Kumari, illus. by Anusha Santosh, May 2022

An illustrated poem introducing children to the message of the Buddha through his vision of the entire cosmos in a leaf on the Bodhi tree. Ages 4–8.


The Same but Different

Emer O’Neill, illus. by Debby Rahmalia, out now

A gentle tale for children about embracing our differences. Ages 4–8.


The Year that Wasn’t: The Diary of a 14-Year-Old

Brisha Jain, Feb. 2022

Brisha made a New Year’s resolution to write a diary for the coming year—but little did she realize that these entries would eventually turn into a treasure trove of experiences.


You Truly Assumed

Laila Sabreen, Feb. 2022

After a terrorist attack rocks the country, stirring anti-Islamic sentiment, three Black Muslim girls create a space where they can shatter assumptions and share truths. Ages 13–17.


10 at 10: The Surprising Childhoods of Ten Remarkable People

Carlyn Beccia, Apr. 2022

Audrey Hepburn, Roberto Clemente, Albert Einstein—kids know the names, but do they know what some of history’s most famous figures were like at the age of 10? Ages 8–12.

Call Me Miss Hamilton: One Woman’s Case for Equality and Respect

Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Jeffery Boston Weatherford. Feb. 2022

The true story of a woman who took a stand for respect—and won. Ages 7–11.


Aviva vs. the Dybbuk

Mari Lowe, Feb. 2022

In an Orthodox Jewish community, a ghostly dybbuk causes mayhem and mischief, which everyone blames on young Aviva. Ages 8–12.

The Dove in the Belly

Jim Grimsley, May 2022

This story explores the electric, dangerous, sometimes tender but always powerful love between two very different boys. Ages 16–up.


Something Happened to My Dad: A Story About Immigration and Family Separation

Ann Hazzard and Vivianne Aponte Rivera, May 2022

This story explores how Carmen, her family, and their community cope when Carmen’s father, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, is detained and legal proceedings slowly unfold. Ages 4–8.


Black and Resilient: 52 Weeks of Anti-racist Activities for Black Joy and Empowerment

M.J. Fievre, Dec.

A collection of mind-strengthening practices geared toward teaching Black boys how to stay empowered despite what life throws at them; includes prompts for boys to reflect and divulge what they’re feeling on a deeper level. Ages 12–18.


Opal Lee and What It Means to Be Free: The True Story of the Grandmother of Juneteenth

Alice Faye Duncan, illus. by Keturah A. Bobo, Jan. 2022

The true story of Black activist Opal Lee and her vision of Juneteenth as a holiday for everyone. Ages 4–8.


Uncle David’s Wedding

Bob Johnston, illus. by Michael Emberley, June 2022

This celebration of love, family, and weddings offers an opportunity to introduce for children to the idea of same-sex partnerships and marriage equality. Ages 3 and up.


Baby Aretha: A Book About Girl Power

Pintachan, Jan. 2022

This book celebrates the iconic Queen of Soul, with the theme of girl empowerment throughout. Ages up to 3.

If You’re a Drag Queen and You Know It

Lil Miss Hot Mess, illus. by Olga de Dios Ruiz, May 2022

The author, a founding member of Drag Queen Story Hour, offers a sing-along book with a drag twist that encourages kids to embrace the playfulness of drag culture. Ages 4–8.


Because of You, John Lewis

Andrea Davis Pinkney, illus. by Keith Henry Brown, Mar. 2022

An inspiring story of the friendship between Congressman John Lewis and 10-year-old activist Tybre Faw. Ages 7–10.


Days of Infamy: How a Century of Bigotry Led to Japanese American Internment

Lawrence Goldstone, June 2022

This examination of the history of racism against Japanese Americans explores the territory of citizenship and touches on fears of nonwhite immigration to the U.S. Ages 12–up.


It’s Her Story: Ida B. Wells: A Graphic Novel

Anastasia Magloire Williams, illus. by Alleanna Harris, Dec.

This spotlight on Ida B. Wells, a groundbreaking journalist and civil rights activist in the decades after the Civil War who spoke out against injustice wherever she saw it, is part of a new graphic novel series on women who have impacted the world. Ages 7–10.

It’s Her Story: Shirley Chisholm: A Graphic Novel

Patrice Aggs, illus. by Markia Jenaim, Feb. 2022

This introduction to Shirley Chisholm—the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Congress, where she served for seven terms, who in 1972 became the first Black person to seek the nomination of a major party for president of the United States—is part of a new graphic novel series on women who have impacted the world. Ages 7–10.


I Am Able to Shine

Korey Watari, illus. by Mike Wu, May 2022

A story about embracing one’s identity and finding one’s voice, inspired in part by Watari’s experiences growing up Asian American, and illustrated by her husband, a Pixar artist. Ages 3–7.


Crowned with Glory

Dorena Williamson, illus. by Shellene Rodney, Jan. 2022

A rhyming picture book that invites young readers into the world of a Black girl as she becomes aware of her God-given. Ages 4–8.

Hues of You: An Activity Book for Learning About the Skin You Are In

Lucretia Berry, illus. by Adia Carter, Jan. 2022

This activity book strives to provide parents, caregivers, and kids an interactive and age-appropriate way to navigate conversations around skin tone, race, and racism. Ages 7–10.