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25 Anti-Racist Books for Families

Since Boogie Down Books launched in 2017, the core values that we use to guide our work have been joy, justice, and community. Thank you for joining us in promoting joyful reading experiences that center the stories, identities, and experiences of young people in our Bronx community and beyond.

These are our 25 recommendations for families about anti-racism, the Black Lives Matter movement, civil rights, activism, allyship, and the history and culture of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in the United States. Titles are listed roughly in order from youngest to oldest intended audience.

Please also see our list of 25 Anti-Racist Books for Educators.

Thank you for acknowledging the labor and expertise that thoughtfully curated this list by purchasing books from us that you've learned about through our recommendations. Your money will recirculate throughout the Bronx, and you'll be supporting people, not corporate algorithms.

Antiracist Baby Board Book Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593110416
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Kokila - June 16th, 2020

A is for Activist Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9781609805395
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Published: Triangle Square - November 19th, 2013

Woke Baby Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250308986
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - December 31st, 2018

The Undefeated Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328780966
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Published: Versify - April 2nd, 2019

I Can Write the World Cover Image
By Joshunda Sanders, Charly Palmer (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781644420010
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Published: Six Foot Press - July 8th, 2019

The Day You Begin Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399246531
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2018

Let's Talk About Race Cover Image
By Julius Lester, Karen Barbour (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780064462266
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Published: HarperCollins - December 23rd, 2008

Lizzie Demands a Seat!: Elizabeth Jennings Fights for Streetcar Rights Cover Image
By Beth Anderson, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781629799391
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Published: Calkins Creek - January 7th, 2020

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316475112
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 5th, 2017

Some Places More Than Others Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781681191089
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - September 3rd, 2019

Ghost Boys Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316262262
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

X: A Novel Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780763690922
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Published: Candlewick - August 2nd, 2016

This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work Cover Image
By Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780711245211
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - January 7th, 2020

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

March: Book One Cover Image
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781603093002
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 13th, 2013

Victor LaValle's Destroyer Cover Image
By Victor LaValle, Dietrich Smith (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781684150557
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Published: BOOM! Studios - March 6th, 2018

Miles Morales: Spider-Man (A Marvel YA Novel) Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781484788509
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Published: Marvel Press - October 2nd, 2018

SLAY Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534445420
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Published: Simon Pulse - September 24th, 2019

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780399589065
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Published: One World - March 24th, 2020

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812984965
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Published: One World - August 18th, 2015

So You Want to Talk About Race Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580058827
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Published: Seal Press - September 24th, 2019

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor Cover Image
By Layla Saad, Robin Diangelo (Foreword by)
$25.99
ISBN: 9781728209807
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Published: Sourcebooks - January 1st, 2020

How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525509288
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Published: One World - August 13th, 2019