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Posted on: June 3, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Resources on race for readers of all ages

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In light of recent events in Minnesota and the difficult, necessary conversations they have prompted, staff at Washington County Library have assembled a series of lists highlighting books for all ages to help with this work.

As our colleagues at Saint Paul Public Library have noted, "Books and literature can be powerful tools to spark conversation, build empathy, and promote healing, transformation, and change. Libraries and library resources are here for you."

Book Lists for All Ages

These book lists offer titles across genres that readers of any age can pick up to begin learning about racism, anti-racism, police violence, and more.

Adults: Race in Contemporary America

This book list offers nonfiction and fiction recommendations for adults to explore issues around race with guidance from contemporary authors and thinkers.

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Teens: Racism and Race Relations

This list features fiction and nonfiction for teens on the history of racism in the United States as well as current memoirs and fiction that explore racism and race relations.

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Teens: Celebrate Black Culture and Experiences

The books on this list are a mix of genres and styles, everything from poetry to essays to fantasy, that celebrate and center Black stories. 

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School-Age Children: Talking and Learning about Race

This book list offers resources and books that can help children and caregivers talk about race and race relations, anti-racism work, and historical stories about institutional violence. 

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Young Children: Talking and Learning about Race

This list includes picture books for young children that offer a way to start having conversations about topics like skin color, racism, activism, and community.

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Other Resources

  • "Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism" – CNN and Sesame Street will host a town all for kids and families on Saturday, June 6, at 9 a.m. CST. The town hall will air on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español. It will stream live on’s homepage and across mobile devices via CNN’s apps, without requiring a cable log-in.  
  • The Conscious Kid – An education, research and policy organization dedicated to reducing bias and promoting positive identity development in youth. 
  • Saint Paul Public Library’s Resources on Race – Books, poems, articles, films, blog posts, and other resources exploring race in the United States.
  • LibraryJournal’s Antiracism: A Starter Booklist – 11 titles, a mix of history, social science, and memoir, that offer facts and reflections on systemic racial injustice as well as ways to channel feeling into action.

Still looking or other options? Reach out to a Washington County librarian by chat, email, or phone, and we can help direct you to additional resources for readers of any age. 

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