The library collection includes many titles on anti-racism. We have compiled reading lists to share on this timely and important topic. This week, we’re featuring adult fiction.  We’ll be featuring more of these lists in the coming weeks. Please click on the title to reserve a copy of the book in our catalog.

Little leaders: bold women in black history by Vashti Harrison

Based on her popular Instagram posts, debut author/illustrator Vashti Harrison shares the stories of 40 bold African American women who shaped history.

Amazons, abolitionists, and activists: a graphic history of women’s fight for their rights by Mikki Kendall

Tyler Johnson was Here by Jay Coles

When Marvin Johnson’s twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid. The next day Tyler is missing, and it’s up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels, mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean

Blended by Sharon M. Draper

Piano-prodigy Isabella, eleven, whose black father and white mother struggle to share custody, never feels whole, especially as racial tensions affect her school, her parents both become engaged, and she and her stepbrother are stopped by police.

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia Williams

Thirteen-year-old Genesis tries again and again to lighten her black skin, thinking it is the root of her family’s troubles, before discovering reasons to love herself as is.

Thank You Omu by Oge Mora

When the aroma of Omu’s homemade stew fills the air, her neighbors arrive, one by one, for a taste until all is gone except for her generous spirit.

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

What is Given From the Heart by Patricia C. McKissack

Despite their own poverty since Daddy died, Mama tells nine-year-old James Otis they need to help Sarah, whose family lost everything in a fire.

Red-tail angels: the story of the Tuskegee airmen of World War II by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack

A history of African American pilots with a focus on World War II. 

Hidden figures: the untold true story of four African-American women who helped launch our nation into space  by Margot Lee Shetterly

Explores the previously uncelebrated but pivotal contributions of NASA’s African American women mathematicians to America’s space program, describing how Jim Crow laws segregated them despite their groundbreaking successes.