Educate & Engage: Social Justice and Racism

In response to the recent violence directed against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our nation, the Glenview Public Library reaffirms its stance against racism, misogyny, and hate in all forms. As a civic institution dedicated to enriching lives and welcoming all, we stand in solidarity with individuals who have experienced discrimination and those working to advance social justice through education and engagement. To that end, our staff continues to revise and update a list of anti-racism resources to foster dialogue, encourage compassion, and inspire positive change in our community and beyond.  

Picture Books

A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
All the Colors We Are / Todos los Colores de Nuestra Piel
by Katie Kissinger
Alma and How She Got Her Name
by Juana Martinez-Neal 
Black Is a Rainbow Color
by Angela Joy
A Different Pond by Bao Phi
Eyes That Kiss In the Corners by Joanna Ho
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
Hands Up!
by Breanna J. McDaniel
Hey Black Child
by Useni Eugene Perkins
Intersection Allies: We Make Room for All
by Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, Carolyn Choi
M Is for Melanin: A Celebration of the Black Child
by Tiffany A. Rose
Mommy’s Khimar
by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children by Sandra L. Pinkney
Someone New
by Anne O’Brien Sibley
Trombone Shorty
by Troy Andrews
Under My Hijab by Hena Khan
We March by Shane Evans

Youth Fiction

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz, with Renee Watson
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
Displacement by Kiku Hughes
Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome
For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama Lockington
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Ghost (Track Series, #1) by Jason Reynolds
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee
I’m Ok by Patti Kim
King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
New Kid by Jerry Craft
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim
The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore
Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper
The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

Youth Nonfiction

Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z by Irene Latham and Charles Walter
Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad by Gordon H. Chang
Rise Up!: The Art of Protest by Jo Rippon
Sachiko A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Barzelay Stelson
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh
Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celeno, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
This Book is Anti-Racist : 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
We Are the Change by Selino Alko
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson

Adult Fiction

Americanah by Chimamamnda Ngozi Adichie
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar
Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu
The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim
The Leavers by Lisa Ko
Little Gods by Meng Jin
A Map of Betrayal by Ha Jin
Members Only by Sameer Pandya
Native Son by Richard Wright
Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
The Other Americans by Laila Lalami
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth L. Ozeki
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole
When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

Adult Nonfiction

Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
Dying of Whiteness by Jonathan Metzl
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Locking Up Our Own by James Forman
March by John Lewis
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Nobody by Marc Lamont Hill
A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
Race for Profit by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson
There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz
Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour by Peniel Joseph
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabelle Wilkerson
Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Adult Memoir

Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People by Helen Zia
The Beautiful Ones by Prince
The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land by Toni Jensen
The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty
Extraordinary, Ordinary People by Condoleezza Rice
Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob
Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T Kira Madden
Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong
Notes from a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi
Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo
The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris
Vietnamerica by G.B. Tran 
The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

Teen Fiction/Nonfiction

Almost American Girl by Robin Ha
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir Adapted for Young Adults by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
Frankly in Love by David Yoon
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Internment by Samira Ahmed
The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism & You by Jason Reynolds
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura 
Watch Us Rise by Renee Watson
We Are Not Free by Traci Chee
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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