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Call and Response: The Story of Black Lives Matter
Call and Response: The Story of Black Lives Matter
by Veronica Chambers with Jennifer Harlan

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.

How We can Live: Principles of Black Lives Matter
How We can Live: Principles of Black Lives Matter
by Laleña Garcia; illustrated by Caryn Davidson with the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation

A nonfiction introduction to thirteen principles underlying the Black Lives Matter movement and organization, written in a style that children can understand and illustrated with portraits of icons, activists, and regular people.

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A Boy and His Mirror
A Boy and His Mirror
by Marchánt Davis; illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo

A boy's mirror gives him a whole new way of seeing himself.

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Little Black Lives Matter
Little Black Lives Matter
by Khodi Dill; illustrated by Chelsea Charles

An empowering, affirming picture book encourages young readers to find their inner heroes and see their own self-worth and agency through the acts of great Black heroes who came before them.

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Today is Different
Today is Different
by Doua Moua ; illustrated by Kim Holt

Two girls-one Hmong American and one Black-stand together in solidarity with their communities to protest systemic racism and injustice

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Goodnight Racism
Goodnight Racism
by Ibram X. Kendi; illustrated by Cbabi Bayoc

Illustrations and text show children the language to dream of a better world.

My Selma: True Stories of a Southern Childhood at the Height of the Civil Rights Movement
My Selma: True Stories of a Southern Childhood at the Height of the Civil Rights Movement
by Willie Mae Brown

A stirring memoir of growing up Black in a town at the epicenter of the fight for freedom, equality, and human rights.

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The Talk
The Talk
by Alicia Williams; illustrated by Briana Mukodiri Uchendu

As a little boy grows into a bigger boy, he first must have the difficult conversation Black families have with their sons, warning them about the challenges they face due to racism.

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The Lucky Ones
The Lucky Ones
by Linda Williams Jackson

In 1967, when his teacher loans him a copy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 11-year-old Ellis Earl Brown is amazed to encounter a family worse off than his own and wonders if happy endings only come in books

Black Trailblazers: 30 Courageous Visionaries who Broke Boundaries, Made a Difference, and Paved the Way
Black Trailblazers: 30 Courageous Visionaries who Broke Boundaries, Made a Difference, and Paved the Way
by Bijan C. Bayne; illustrated by Joelle Avalino

Blending together history, quotes from the figures themselves and stunning visuals, this collection of bite-sized biographies of Black thinkers, activists and innovators highlights their work to make our world a brighter, better place.

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