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United Against Hate

Picture Books - United Against Hate

Books for young children to third grade.

Byers, Grace, 1984- author.
Shares a story of loving who you are, respecting others and being kind to one another.

Woodson, Jacqueline, author.
Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.

O'Brien, Anne Sibley, author, illustrator.
Three children from other countries (Somalia, Guatemala, and Korea) struggle to adjust to their new home and school in the United States.

Herthel, Jessica, author.
J 306.768 HER
Presents the story of a transgender child who traces her early awareness that she is a girl in spite of male anatomy and the acceptance she finds through a wise doctor who explains her natural transgender status.

de la Peña, Matt, author.
A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.

Hoffman, Mary, 1945-
Although a classmate says that she cannot play Peter Pan in the school play because she is black, Grace discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to do.

Woodson, Jacqueline, author.
Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.

Johnson, Chelsea, author.
A handy book about intersectionality that depicts the nuances of identity and embraces difference as a source of community.

Beer, Sophie, author, illustrator.
Whether you have one parent, two moms, two dads, a mom and a dad, or another wonderful caregiver, there's one thing that makes a family a family ... and that's love.

Kendi, Ibram X., author.
Illustrations and rhyming text present nine steps Antiracist Baby can take to improve equity, such as opening our eyes to all skin colors and celebrating all our differences.

Cherry, Matthew A., author.
A little girl's daddy steps in to help her arrange her curly, coiling, wild hair into styles that allow her to be her natural, beautiful self.

Cherry, Matthew A., author.
El pelo de Zuri le permite ser ella misma. Se enrolla o se riza para convertirse en una corona de princesa o una capa de superhéroe. ¡Pero un día súperespecial necesita un peinado súperespecial! Peine en mano, papá le ayuda a Zuri a encontrar el look perfecto. Amor de pelo celebra los rizos que son solo tuyos, el lazo entre padres e hijas y la alegría que te llena cuando puedes expresarte libremente.

Rotner, Shelley, author, illustrator.
A colorful exploration of diversity for toddlers. Cocoa, tan, rose, and almond--people come in lots of shades. Even in the same family there are differences. With vibrant photographs of children and a short but astute text, this charming book will inspire young readers to take notice--and look beyond the obvious.

Browne, Mahogany L., author.
"For all the littlest progressives, waking up to seize a new day of justice and activism. Woke babies are up early. Woke babies raise their fists in the air. Woke babies cry out for justice. Woke babies grow up to change the world. This lyrical and empowering book is both a celebration of what it means to be a baby and what it means to be woke. With bright playful art, Woke Baby is an anthem of hope in a world where the only limit to a skyscrapper is more blue."--Publisher's description.

Charles, Tami, author.
A lyrical, heart-lifting love letter to Black and Brown children everywhere reminds them how much they matter, that they have always mattered and they always will.

Elliott, Zetta, author.
Illustrations and easy-to-read text express a child's awareness of being filled with deep emotions, from joy to sorrow and anger to compassion, but above all, love.

Méndez, Yamile Saied, author.
"When a young girl is asked where she's from--where she's really from--she's no longer as she was. She decides to turn to her dear abuelo for some help with this ever-persistent question. But he doesn't quite give her the answer she expects."--Page [2] of cover.

Méndez, Yamile Saied, author.
"Una niña que tiene que responder de dónde es--de dónde es de verdad--no sabe qué decir. Entonces decide preguntarle a su querido abuelo para que la ayude a responder a esta insistente pregunta. Pero él no le da la respuesta que ella espera."--Dust jacket front flap.

Lukoff, Kyle, author.
When Aidan was born, everyone thought he was a girl. But once he came out as a trans boy, Aidan and his parents fixed the parts of his life that didn't fit anymore, and he settled happily into being himself. Then Mom and Dad announce that they're having another baby, and Aidan wants to get everything right for his new sibling. But what does it mean to "get everything right"? And what happens if he messes up? With a little help, Aidan discovers that he already knows the most important thing about being a brother: how to love with his whole heart. When Aidan Became a Brother is a heartfelt story that will resonate with transgender children and reassure any child concerned about becoming an older sibling as it celebrates the many transitions a family can experience. -- From dust jacket.

Britt, Paige, author.
"¿Alguna vez te has preguntado porque tú eres tú? ¿O qué sentirías si fueses otra persona? Alguien más alto, más rápido, más bajo, más inteligente ... Una persona de piel más clara, más vieja, de piel más oscura, más atrevida ... "--Page [4] of cover.

Diggs, Taye, author.
"Why? distills the conversations many children and adults are having about race, injustice, and anger in communities throughout our country, and gives them context that young readers can connect with. Heartfelt and deeply piercing illustrations from Shane W. Evans will leave a lasting impact on readers of any age. One that will hopefully lead to more conversations, change, and peace within our own communities and the world." -- Publisher marketing.

Kendi, Ibram X., author.
Illustrations and text show children the language to dream of a better world.

Carranza, Leonarda, author.
"In this poignant, empowering picture book debut, a girl and her beloved abuelita lean on each other as they contend with racism while running errands in the city. Spending time at home with Abuelita means pancakes, puddle-jumping, and nail-painting. But venturing out into the city is not always as fun. On the bus and at the grocery store, people are impatient and suspicious--sometimes they even yell. Sad, angry, and scared, the story's young narrator decides not to leave home again...until a moment of empowerment helps her see the strength she and Abuelita share when they face the world together. Warm, expressive illustrations by Rafael Mayani highlight the tenderness in Abuelita and the narrator's relationship."-- Provided by publisher.

Chen, Eva, 1980- author.
This moving ode to the immigrant experience, as well as a manifesto of self-love for Chinese American children, is a jubilant celebration of accepting who you are.

Penfold, Alexandra, author.
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce a school where diversity is celebrated and songs, stories, and talents are shared.

Penfold, Alexandra, author.
Acompaña a un grupo de niñas y niños durante un día de colegio en el que todos son recibidos con los brazos abiertos independientemente de su origen, raza o religión. Con ilustraciones sugerentes, "Todo el mundo cabe aquí" celebra la amabilidad, la inclusión y la diversidad en un texto alegre para leer en voz alta. Un álbum ilustrado imprescindible en la librería de cualquier niño y en cualquier biblioteca escolar.

Penfold, Alexandra, author.
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce a school where diversity is celebrated and songs, stories, and talents are shared.

Juvenile Nonfiction - United Against Hate

Nonfiction books for young to middle grade children.

Spilsbury, Louise, author.
J 305.8 SPI
In Racism and Intolerance, children can get answers to questions like: "What does it mean to be a racist--or intolerant?" and "How can I help?" Children will begin to understand the way others struggle with these issues and become empowered to make a difference.

Higginbotham, Anastasia, author.
J 305.800973 HIG
Explains that although many adults do not care to admit it, color does still matter in the United States; discusses racism and the fight against it; and argues that bias is a problem for whites, but that white people do not have to accept it.

Dias, Marley (Marley Emerson), author.
J 305.23089 DIA
In this accessible "keep-it-real" guide, Marley explores activism, social justice, volunteerism, equity and inclusion, and using social media for good. Drawing from her experience, Marley shows kids how they can galvanize their strengths to make positive changes in their communities, while getting support from parents, teachers, and friends to turn dreams into reality.

Nagara, Innosanto, author, illustrator.
"A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for. The alliteration, rhyming, and vibrant illustrations make the book exciting for children, while the issues it brings up resonate with their parents' values of community, equality, and justice. This engaging little book carries huge messages as it inspires hope for the future, and calls children to action while teaching them a love for books"-- Provided by publisher.

Woodson, Jacqueline.
"Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson's eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become. Praise for Jacqueline Woodson: Ms. Woodson writes with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story. but a mature exploration of grown-up issues and self-discovery."-The New York Times Book Review"-- Provided by publisher.

Frier, Raphaële, 1970- author.
"Malala Yousafzai es pakistaní y musulmana. Desde que tenía once años, denuncia a los integristas musulmanes que consideran que la escuela no es un lugar para las niñas. En un intento de hacerla callar, incluso le llegaron a disparar. Por suerte, Malala consiguió sobrevivir y hoy, galardonada con el premio Nobel de la Paz, continúa luchando incluso con más fuerza para que todos los menores de edad puedan ir a la escuela, ya sean niños o niñas, pobres o ricos. Al final del libro se presenta un cuaderno que recoge documentos sobre su vida."--Publisher's website.

Gonzalez, Martha E.
Following on the outrageous success of Innosanto Nagara's A is for Activist (now in its fourth printing), A de Activista is a Spanish-language ABC board book written by Grammy Award-winning lyricist and singer Martha Gonzalez and illustrated by Nagara for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for. The alliteration, rhyming, and vibrant illustrations make the book exciting for children, calling them to action while teaching them a love for books. From the Board edition.
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Roberts, Jillian, 1971- author.
J 303.385 ROB
Gives a comprehensive introduction to the topic of prejudice.

Browne, Mahogany L., author.
J 303.484 BRO
A collection of poems by women that reflects the joy and passion in the fight for social justice, tackling topics from discrimination to empathy, and acceptance to speaking out.

Alexander, Kwame, author.
J 811.6 ALE
"The Newbery Award-winning author of The Crossover pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree. Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more."-- Provided by publisher.

Latham, Irene, author.
J 170.44 LAT
"Organized as a dictionary, entries in this book for middle-grade readers present words related to creating a better, more inclusive world. Each word is explored via a poem, a quote from an inspiring person, and a short personal anecdote from one of the co-authors, a prompt for how to translate the word into action, and an illustration"-- Provided by publisher.

J 305.8009 TAL
"Thirty diverse and award-winning authors and illustrators capture frank discussions about racism, identity, and self-esteem"-- Provided by publisher.

J 303.4 WE
What do we tell our children when the world seems bleak, and prejudice and racism run rampant? With 96 lavishly designed pages of original art, poetry, and prose, fifty diverse creators lend voice and comfort to young activists.

Lester, Julius.
J 305.8009 LES
The author introduces the concept of race as only one component in an individual's or nation's "story."

Easton, Emily, author.
J 323 EAS
"From Samuel Adams to the students from Parkland, march through history with the heroic revolutionary protesters who changed America. These heroic protesters were not afraid to stand up for what they believed in. They are among the twenty change-makers in this book who used peaceful protests and brave actions to rewrite American history"--Jacket.

Thorn, Theresa, author.
J 305.3 THO
A picture book that introduces the concept of gender identity to the youngest reader from writer Theresa Thorn and illustrator Noah Grigni. Some people are boys. Some people are girls. Some people are both, neither, or somewhere in between. This sweet, straightforward exploration of gender identity will give children a fuller understanding of themselves and others. With child-friendly language and vibrant art, It Feels Good to Be Yourself provides young readers and parents alike with the vocabulary to discuss this important topic with sensitivity.

Davids, Sharice, 1980- author.
This inspiring picture book autobiography tells the remarkable story of Sharice Davids, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress and the first LGBTQ congressperson to represent Kansas.

Sherman, Jill, author.
J SP 320.082 SHE
"Discover 25 women who challenged the status quo and fought for what they believed in. From all corners of the world, these women show us that barriers are meant to be broken and obstacles can be overcome. Learn about some of the fierce women who persevered in the face of adversity to fight for what they thought was right. Fully translated Spanish text"-- Provided by publisher.

Arce, Julissa, author.
La impresionante historia de la activista social y autora de éxito nacional Julissa Arce sobre su niñez en Texas y su lucha por alcanzar su Sueño Americano, aun siendo indocumentada. Nacida en Taxco, México, Julissa Arce se quedaba en su pintoresco pueblo durante meses con sus dos hermanas, una niñera y su abuela, mientras que sus padres viajaban incansablemente a Estados Unidos con la esperanza de construir una casa y buscar mejores oportunidades para sus niños. Un día, sus padres deciden traer a Julissa a Texas a vivir con ellos. A partir de ese entonces, Julissa vivió en secreto como una inmigrante indocumentada. Sin embargo, según con el pasar de los años, Julissa ganó una prestigiosa beca y obtuvo su grado universitario con honores, consiguiendo varios éxitos en su camino hasta convertirse en vicepresidenta del banco norteamericano Goldman Sachs. En esta adaptación para jóvenes lectores, la historia de Julissa es prueba de que todo es posible. Su inspiradora trayectoria ofrece una mirada profunda al mundo poco comprendido de una nueva generación de inmigrantes indocumentados en los Estados Unidos: niños que son tus vecinos, que se sientan a tu lado en clase o que incluso pueden ser uno de tus mejores amigos.

Madison, Megan, author.
J 305.8 MAD
"An age-appropriate introduction to the concepts of race, gender, consent and body positivity, developed by early childhood and activism experts, combines clear text with engaging artwork to help the youngest children recognize and confront unjust actions."-- Provided by publisher

Cherry-Paul, Sonja, author, adapter.
J 305.8009 CHE
"A chapter book adaptation of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning "Stamped from the Beginning"-- Provided by publisher.

Saad, Layla F., author.
J 305.8 SAA
"From the author of the New York Times bestselling book ME AND WHITE SUPREMACY comes the young readers' edition that teaches readers how to explore and understand racism and white supremacy and how young readers can do their part to help change the world"-- Provided by publisher.

Fleming, Crystal Marie, 1981- author.
YA 305.8009 FLE
"An overview of the roots and legacies of racial bias and white supremacy in the United States."-- Provided by publisher.

Chambers, Veronica, author.
J 323.1196 CHA
During 2020, widespread protests rooted in the call-and-response tradition of the Black community gained worldwide attention in the wake of high-profile wrongful deaths of Black people. From the founders to watershed moments, follow the activists and organizers on their journeys and discover the ways that protest has been fundamental to American democracy, eventually making meaningful change.

Smith, Elliott, 1976- author.
J 363.232 SMI
"In 2020, police killings caught on bystander video placed US police under scrutiny and spurred activists to call for reform. Learn the history and factors behind police brutality in the US, especially in Black communities"-- Provided by publisher.

Weatherford, Carole Boston, 1956- author.
"This picture book biography in verse tells the story of Mary Hamilton, an African American woman and Civil Rights activist, who was found to be in contempt of court when she would not respond to questions from an Alabama judge who used only her first name, while calling white people "Mr.," "Mrs.," or "Miss." The NAACP took her case, which appealed all the way to the US Supreme Court, which ruled in Mary Hamilton's favor." -- Provided by publisher.

Bah, Adama, 1988- author.
"Launching a propulsive middle grade nonfiction series, a young woman shares her harrowing experience of being wrongly accused of terrorism. Adama Bah grew up in East Harlem after immigrating from Conakry, Guinea, and was deeply connected to her community and the people who lived there. But as a thirteen-year-old after the events of September 11, 2001, she began experiencing discrimination and dehumanization as prejudice toward Muslim people grew. Then, on March 24, 2005, FBI agents arrested Adama and her father. Falsely accused of being a potential suicide bomber, Adama spent weeks in a detention center being questioned under suspicion of terrorism. With sharp and engaging writing, Adama recounts the events surrounding her arrest and its impact on her life-the harassment, humiliation, and persecution she faced for crimes she didn't commit. Accused brings forward a crucial and unparalleled first-person perspective of American culture post-9/11 and the country's discrimination against Muslim Americans, and heralds the start of a new series of compelling narrative nonfiction by young people, for young people"-- Provided by publisher.

Woodson, Jacqueline, author.
Nací en Ohio, pero las historias de Carolina del Sur corrían ya, como ríos, por mis venas. Hablan de crecer en distintos hogares, de una época que arrastra todavía los residuos de las leyes Jim Crow y del movimiento de los derechos civiles como respuesta.

Juvenile Fiction - United Against Hate

Fiction books for third to eighth grade.

Rhodes, Jewell Parker, author.
"After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys including historical figure Emmett Till"-- Provided by publisher.

Dumas, Firoozeh, author.
"Eleven-year-old Zomorod, originally from Iran, tells her story of growing up Iranian in Southern California during the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis of the late 1970s"-- Provided by publisher.

Oh, Ellen, author.
A tale based on true events follows the coming-of-age of a girl who is motivated by an act of racism at school to learn about her ancestral heritage and her grandparents' experiences as lost children during the Korean War.

Lockington, Mariama, author.
Eleven-year-old Makeda dreams of meeting her African American mother, while coping with serious problems in her white adopted family, a cross-country move, and being homeschooled.

Singleton, Chris, 1972- author.
Confronted with daily racism, Black children are encouraged and supported by artists, athletes, writers, performers, and leaders who tell them that their lives matter. Includes brief biographies of the famous people featured in the illustrations.

Maldonado, Torrey, author.
Biracial sixth-grader Stephen questions the limitations society puts on him after he notices the way strangers treat him when he hangs out with his white friends and learns about the Black Lives Matter movement.

Chao, Gloria, 1986- author.
Seventeen-year-old Ali is simultaneously swept up in a whirlwind romance and down a rabbit hole of family secrets when another Taiwanese family moves into tiny, predominantly-white, Plainhart, Indiana.

Yang, Kelly, author.
"Mia Tang thinks she's going to have the best year ever. She and her parents are the proud owners of the Calivista Motel, Mia gets to run the front desk with her best friend, Lupe, and she's finally getting somewhere with her writing! But as it turns out, sixth grade is no picnic."--Publisher

Cartaya, Pablo, author.
Sixth-grader Emilia Torres struggles with ADHD, her controlling abuela, her mother's work commitments, her father's distance after returning from deployment, evolving friendships, and a conflict over school redistricting.

Day, Christine, 1993- author.
"When twelve-year-old Edie finds letters and photographs in her attic that change everything she thought she knew about her Native American mother's adoption, she realizes she has a lot to learn about her family's history and her own identity"-- Provided by publisher.

Williams, Alicia, 1970- author.
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.

Budhos, Marina Tamar, author.
In New York in 1971, Jamila and Josie are bused across Queens where they try to fit in at a new, integrated junior high school while their best friend, Francesca, tests the limits at a private school.-- Provided by Publisher.

Broaddus, Maurice, author.
"Thelonius Mitchell is tired of being labeled. He's in special ed, separated from the "normal" kids at school who don't have any "issues." That's enough to make all the teachers and students look at him and his friends with a constant side-eye. (Although his disruptive antics and pranks have given him a rep too.) When a gun is found at a neighborhood hangout, Thelonius and his pals become instant suspects. Thelonius may be guilty of pulling crazy stunts at school, but a criminal? T isn't about to let that label stick."--Amazon.

Stone, Nic, author.
"Shenice Lockwood dreams of leading the Fulton Firebirds to the U12 softball regional championship. But Shenice's focus gets shaken when her great-uncle Jack reveals that a career-ending-and family-name-ruining-crime may have been a setup. It's up to Shenice to discover the truth about her family's past--and fast--before secrets take the Firebirds out of the game forever."-- Provided by publisher.

Craft, Jerry, author, illustrator.
"Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds--and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?" Provided by publisher.

Bunker, Lisa, author.
Zenobia July, an excellent coder and hacker, investigates a mystery while wrestling with the challenges of a new school, a new family, and presenting her true gender for the first time.

Cho, John, 1972- author.
On the first night of rioting in the wake of the Rodney King verdict, Jordan's father leaves to check on the family store, spurring twelve-year-old Jordan and his friends to embark on a dangerous journey through South Central and Koreatown to come to his aid, encountering the racism within their community as they go.

Brown, Waka T., author.
"In this empowering deconstruction of the so-called American Dream, a twelve-year-old Japanese American girl grapples with, and ultimately rises above, the racism and trials of middle school she experiences while chasing her dreams. As the daughter of immigrants who came to America for a better life, Annie Inoue was raised to dream big. And at the start of seventh grade, she's channeling that irrepressible hope into becoming the lead in her school play. So when Annie lands an impressive role in the production of The King and I, she's thrilled ... until she starts to hear grumbles from her mostly white classmates that she only got the part because it's an Asian play with Asian characters. Is this all people see when they see her? Is this the only kind of success they'll let her have -- one that they can tear down or use race to belittle? Disheartened but determined, Annie channels her hurt into a new dream: showing everyone what she's made of. Waka T. Brown, author of While I Was Away, delivers an uplifting coming-of-age story about a Japanese American girl's fight to make space for herself in a world that claims to celebrate everyone's differences but doesn't always follow through."-- Provided by publisher

Yee, Lisa, author.
"Eleven-year-old Maizy Chen visits her estranged grandparents, who own and run a Chinese restaurant in Last Chance, Minnesota; as her visit lengthens, she makes unexpected discoveries about her family's history and herself"--Provided by publisher.

Moore, David Barclay, author.
"Javari knew that West Virginia would be different from his home in Bushwick, Brooklyn. But his first day at STEM Camp in a little Appalachian town is still a shock. Though run-ins with the police are just the same here. Not good. Javari will learn a lot about science ... And also about rich people, racism, and hidden agendas. But it's Cricket, a local boy, budding activist, and occasional thief, who will show him a different side of the holler--and blow his mind wide open"-- Provided by publisher

Young Adult - United Against Hate

Fiction and nonfiction books for teenagers.

Stone, Nic, author.
"Justyce McAllister is a good kid, an honor student, and always there to help a friend--but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out. Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up--way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack."

Prager, Sarah, 1986- author.
YA 306.766 PRA
A LGBTQ chronicle for teens shares hip, engaging facts about 23 influential gender-ambiguous notables from the era of the Roman Empire to the present, exploring how they defied convention to promote civil rights, pursue relationships on their own terms and shape culture.

Thomas, Angie, author.
After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

Anderson, Carol (Carol Elaine), author.
YA 323.1196 AND
"This ... young adult adaptation brings her ideas to a new audience. When America achieves milestones of progress toward full and equal black participation in democracy, the systemic response is a consistent racist backlash that rolls back those wins. We Are Not Yet Equal examines five of these moments: The end of the Civil War and Reconstruction was greeted with Jim Crow laws; the promise of new opportunities in the North during the Great Migration was limited when blacks were physically blocked from moving away from the South; the Supreme Court's landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision was met with the shutting down of public schools throughout the South; the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 led to laws that disenfranchised millions of African American voters and a War on Drugs that disproportionally targeted blacks; and the election of President Obama led to an outburst of violence including the death of black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri as well as the election of Donald Trump. This YA adaptation will be written in an approachable narrative style that provides teen readers with additional context to these historic moments, photographs and archival images, and additional backmatter and resources for teens."--Provided by publisher.

Colbert, Brandy, author.
"Suzette returns home to Los Angeles from boarding school and grapples with her bisexual identity when she and her brother Lionel fall in love with the same girl, pushing Lionel's bipolar disorder to spin out of control and forcing Suzette to confront her own demons"-- Provided by publisher.

Farizan, Sara, author.
When a cyberbully sends the entire high school a picture of basketball hero Bijan Majidi, photo-shopped to look like a terrorist, the school administration promises to find and punish the culprit, but Bijan just wants to pretend the incident never happened and move on.

Slater, Dashka, author.
YA 364.15 SLA
"One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter. One moment that changes both of their lives forever. If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight."--

Thomas, Angie
Starr es una chica de dieciséis años que vive entre dos mundos: el barrio pobre de gente negra donde nació, y su escuela situada en un elegante distrito residencial blanco. El difícil equilibrio entre ambos se hace añicos cuando ella se convierte en testigo de la muerte a tiros de su mejor amigo, Khalil, a manos de un policía.A partir de ese momento, todo lo que Starr diga acerca de la aterradora noche que cambió su vida podrá ser usado de excusa por unos y como arma por otros. Y lo peor de todo es que ambos bandos esperan que dé un paso en falso para poner fin a su vida.Inspirado por el movimiento Black Lives Matter, el debut de Angie Thomas sobre una chica normal sometida a tan difíciles circunstancias aborda cuestiones de racismo y violencia policial con inteligencia, corazón y una honestidad inquebrantable."Angie Thomas ha escrito una novela asombrosa, brillante y desgarradora que será recordada como un clásico de nuestro tiempo."John Green, autor de Bajo la misma estrella
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Mendez, Matt
Now available in Spanish! "There are moments when a story shakes you... Barely Missing Everything is one of those stories, and Mendez, a gifted storyteller with a distinct voice, is sure to bring a quake to the literary landscape." —Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author of Long Way Down In the tradition of Jason Reynolds and Matt de la Peña, this heartbreaking, no-holds-barred debut novel told from three points of view explores how difficult it is to make it in life when you—your life, brown lives—don't matter. Juan tiene grandes planes. Va a ser el muchacho de El Paso que salió adelante, va a conseguir esa beca de basquetbol para ir a la universidad y va hacer algo de su vida... algo mejor que la sarta de novios nefastos de Fabi, su mamá. Sólo necesita hacerlo realidad. El mejor amigo de Juan, JD, también tiene planes. Algún día va a ser cineasta, como Tarantino o Del Toro ( no Spielberg). Tiene una cámara y tiene pasión. ¿Qué más se necesita? Fabi ya no tiene planes. Cuando te embarazas a los dieciséis, descubres que los planes no siempre salen y que hay algunas cosas que no puedes anticipar... Como un altercado con la policía. Como la implosión de tu familia. Como un pasado que regresa a perseguirte. Como el temor de que tú, tu hijo y todos los que amas no van a alcanzar van a alcanzar nada.
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Jones, Kimberly (Kimberly Latrice), author.
Told from two viewpoints, Atlanta high school seniors Lena and Campbell, one black, one white, must rely on each other to survive after a football rivalry escalates into a riot.

Behnke, Alison, author.
YA 363.2308 BEH
In the United States, racial profiling affects thousands of Americans every day. Both individuals and institutions such as law enforcement agencies, government bodies, and schools routinely use race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting someone of an offense. Explores the history, the many manifestations, and the consequences of this form of social injustice.

Joseph, Frederick (Activist), author.
YA 305.8 JOS
Frederick Joseph call up race-related anecdotes from his past, explaining why they were hurtful and how he might handle things now. Each chapter features the voice of at least one artist or activist, including Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give; April Reign, creator of #OscarsSoWhite; Jemele Hill, sports journalist and podcast host; and eleven others. Touching on everything from cultural appropriation to power dynamics, "reverse racism" to white privilege, microaggressions to the tragic results of overt racism, this book serves as conversation starter, tool kit, and invaluable window into the life of a former "token Black kid" who now presents himself as the friend many readers need. -- adapted from inside front jacket flap.

Bennett, Michael, 1985- author.
Presents a young readers adaptation of the book that uses humor to discuss racism and violence, denounce the NFL's abuses, and encourage black athletes in the NCAA and NFL to speak out against injustice both on and off the field.

Zoboi, Ibi Aanu, author.
From award-winning, bestselling author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five comes a powerful YA novel in verse about a boy who is wrongfully incarcerated. The story that I thought was my life didn't start on the day I was born. Amal Shahid has always been an artist and a poet. But even in a diverse art school, he's seen as disruptive and unmotivated by a biased system. Then one fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighborhood escalates into tragedy. "Boys just being boys" turns out to be true only when those boys are white. The story that I think will be my life starts today. Suddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal's bright future is upended: he is convicted of a crime he didn't commit and sent to prison. Despair and rage almost sink him until he turns to the refuge of his words, his art. This never should have been his story. But can he change it' With spellbinding lyricism, award-winning author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam tell a moving and deeply profound story about how one boy is able to maintain his humanity and fight for the truth, in a system designed to strip him of both.

Méndez, Matt, author.
"Three Mexican-Americans--Juan, JD, and Fabi--each try to overcome their individual struggles as they all grapple with how to make a better life for themselves when it seems like brown lives don't matter"-- Provided by publisher.

Rodi, Robert, author.
YA 306.766 ROD
Explores the fight for LGBT civil rights and why an end to prejudice against LGBT people is important for all Americans.

Konigsberg, Bill, author.
"It is summer in Phoenix, and seventeen-year-old Maximo offers to help Jordan, a fellow student in high school, with the food truck that belonged to Jordan's deceased father, and which may be the only thing standing between homelessness for Jordan and his mom; the boys are strongly attracted to each other, but as their romance develops, it is threatened by the secrets they are hiding--and by the racism and homophobia of those around them."-- (Source of summary not specified).

Callender, Kacen, author.
Felix Love, a transgender seventeen-year-old, attempts to get revenge by catfishing his anonymous bully, but lands in a quasi-love triangle with his former enemy and his best friend.

Reynolds, Jason, author.
YA 305.8009 REY
"A history of racist and antiracist ideas in America, from their roots in Europe until today, adapted from the National Book Award winner Stamped from the Beginning"-- Provided by publisher.

Kendi, Ibram X., author.
J SP 305.8009 KEN
"El concepto de raza siempre se ha utilizado para ganar y mantener el poder, para crear dinámicas que separan y silencian. Esta notable adaptación del libro Stamped from the Beginning, del Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, ganador del National Book Award, revela la historia de las ideas racistas en Estados Unidos y nos inspira a construir un futuro antirracista. A través de un recorrido histórico que va del pasado al presente, este libro nos muestra la raíz de nuestras ideas respecto a los grupos raciales y por qué persiste el veneno del racismo. Además, demuestra que, si bien las ideas racistas siempre han sido fáciles de fabricar y distribuir, también pueden desacreditarse. Con la prosa apasionante y enérgica que lo caracteriza, el multipremiado autor Jason Reynolds nos aclara en esta adaptación muchas de las distintas formas en que se presentan las ideas racistas y nos ofrece herramientas que nos permiten identificarlas y eliminarlas en nuestra vida diaria."-Amazon

Tian, XiXi (Young adult author), author.
"The Flanagan sisters are as different as they come. Seventeen-year-old Annalie is bubbly, sweet, and self-conscious, whereas nineteen-year-old Margaret is sharp and assertive. Margaret looks just like their mother, while Annalie passes for white and looks like the father who abandoned them years ago, leaving their Chinese immigrant mama to raise the girls alone in their small, predominantly white Midwestern town. When their house is vandalized with a shocking racial slur, Margaret rushes home from her summer internship in New York City. She expects outrage. Instead, her sister and mother would rather move on. Especially once Margaret's own investigation begins to make members of their community uncomfortable. For Annalie, this was meant to be a summer of new possibilities, and she resents her sister's sudden presence and insistence on drawing negative attention to their family. Meanwhile Margaret is infuriated with Annalie's passive acceptance of what happened. For Margaret, the summer couldn't possibly get worse, until she crosses paths with someone she swore she'd never see again: her first love, Rajiv Agarwal. As the sisters navigate this unexpected summer, an explosive secret threatens to break apart their relationship, once and for all. This Place Is Still Beautiful is a luminous, captivating story about identity, sisterhood, and how our hometowns are inextricably a part of who we are, even when we outgrow them."-- Provided by publisher.

Àbíké-Íyímídé, Faridah, author.
At Niveus Private Academy, Devon and Chiamaka are the only students chosen to be Senior Prefects who are also black, which makes them targets for a series of anonymous texts revealing their secrets to the entire student body. Both students were on track toward valedictorian and bright college futures, but this prank quickly turns into a very dangerous game and they are at more than one disadvantage as it looks like things could turn deadly.

Ho, Joanna, author.
In the year following their son's death, May Chen's parents face racist accusations of putting too much pressure on their son and causing his death by suicide, and May attempts to challenge the racism and ugly stereotypes through her writing, only to realize that she still has a lot to learn and that her actions have consequences for her family as well as herself.

Buford, Candace, author.
When his best friend is unfairly arrested and kicked off the team, Russell Boudreaux kneels during the national anthem in an effort to fight for justice and, in an instant, falls from local stardom to become a target of hatred.

Harris, Pamela N., author.
"When you look like us--brown skin, brown eyes, black braids or fades--everyone else thinks you're trouble. No one even blinks twice over a missing black girl from public housing because she must've brought whatever happened to her upon herself. I, Jay Murphy, can admit that, for a minute, I thought my sister Nicole just got caught up with her boyfriend--a drug dealer--and his friends. But she's been gone too long. Nic, where are you? If I hadn't hung up on her that night, she would be at our house, spending time with Grandma. If I was a better brother, she'd be finishing senior year instead of being another name on a missing persons list. It's time to step up, to do what the Newport News police department won't. Bring her home." -- Publisher's description.