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Recommended Reading: Diverse Books
Below are just a few of the Homer Library's books on diversity, inclusion, and race.
Dream On: a Book about Possibilities by Cheri J. Meiners (E)
Racism by Jen Green (E)
Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty (E)
Talking About Racism by Nicola Edwards (E)
What Makes Us Unique? Our First Talk about Diversity by Dr. Jillian Roberts (E)
Black Lives Matter: Protesting Racism by Rachael Thomads (J)
Camo Girl by Kekla Magoon (J)
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (J)
Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis (J)
Not My Idea: a Book about Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham (J)
Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community by Robin Stevenson (J)
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir Manifesto by George M. Johnson
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America by Ibi Zoboi, editor
Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard by Echo Brown
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
I'm Not Dying with You Tonight by Kimberly Jones
Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds
This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall
How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward
So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
Suggestions from Adult & Teen Services
- Alex from Adult Services recommends The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson, a historical fiction novel set deep into the woods of Troublesome Creek, KY. Cussy Carter, the last living female of the rare Blue People ancestry, becomes a member of Roosevelt's Pack Horse Library Project.
- Becky from Adult Services recommends The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor, a thrilling novel about a teacher returning to his hometown.
- Heather from Adult & Teen Services recommends Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Malloy, an adult psychological thriller featuring a newly married woman whose life is turned upside down when her husband goes missing, and You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson, the very first YA book to be chosen for Reese Witherspoon's YA Book Club!
Suggestions from Youth Services
- Jody is reading Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge and Games of Deception: The True Story of the First U.S. Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler's Germany by Andrew Maraniss.
Mia is reading White Bird: A Wonder Story by R.J. Palacio, a graphic novel for kids that tells the story of the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war.
Barb is reading Unsheltered by Barbara Kingslover, a novel that interweaves past and present to explore the human capacity for resiliency and compassion in times of great upheaval, and The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, a story of redemption and forgiveness.
Diane is reading The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor, an award winning middle grade novel about self-reliance, redemption and hope.
Mary Kay is reading The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, an epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a perfectly tiny dragon. Perfect for readers in grades 4-6!
Why not check them out today and tell us what you think!