Book Recommendations: Black Lives Matter

Browse our list of books for kids and young adults!

Like so many, we are deeply enraged and anguished over the senseless killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Unimaginably, the times have become even more challenging and uncertain. As a country we are confronting the stark inequities of COVID-19 as it disproportionately affects communities of color. Events over the past week—a horrifying death followed by protests and violence, the lack of leadership on so many levels, and the politicization of grief—have reminded us once again that we live in a country with a legacy of social injustice and racism. BookHampton stands in solidarity with all who disavow ignorance, divisiveness, hate, and racism. 
 
Yet, we also believe that this can be a moment to listen, learn, and act together. In troubled times, independent bookstores, including BookHampton, have an important role to play. As the great Toni Morrison said, “Books are a form of political action. Books are knowledge. Books are reflection. Books change your mind.”

Here is a list of titles we’ve assembled to help frame issues of social injustice and racism, to educate and make us aware, and to interpret, illuminate, and help us understand the experience of the Black community. It is our hope that these books will inform our beliefs going forward and that together we can act on these beliefs to help repair an imperfect world and bring about lasting change. 

The Autobiography of Malcolm X Cover Image
By MALCOLM X, Alex Haley (With)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780345376718
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 15th, 1992

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How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501132735
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 8th, 2019

The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525562795
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Published: Vintage - January 14th, 2020

Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501131738
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Published: Scribner - February 4th, 2020

How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525509288
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Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807047415
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Published: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018

Between the World and Me Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: One World - July 14th, 2015

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor Cover Image
By Layla Saad, Robin Diangelo (Foreword by)
$25.99
ISBN: 9781728209807
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Published: Sourcebooks - January 1st, 2020

Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525575320
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Published: Crown - June 30th, 2020

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781632864130
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 5th, 2017

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781568585987
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Published: Bold Type Books - August 15th, 2017

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

Antiracist Baby Board Book Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593110416
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Published: Kokila - June 16th, 2020

The End of Policing Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781784782924
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Published: Verso - August 28th, 2018

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812984965
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Published: One World - August 18th, 2015

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780679763888
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011

Citizen: An American Lyric Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781555976903
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781620971932
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Published: New Press - January 7th, 2020

So You Want to Talk About Race Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580058827
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Published: Seal Press - September 24th, 2019

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635572957
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 5th, 2019

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The Nickel Boys (Winner 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction): A Novel Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780385537070
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Published: Doubleday - July 16th, 2019

This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work Cover Image
By Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780711245211
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - January 7th, 2020

Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781501878077
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Published: Abingdon Press - February 5th, 2019

The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780465064267
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Published: Basic Books - April 14th, 2020

Citizen Baby: My Vote Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781524793128
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Published: Penguin Workshop - May 5th, 2020

Equality's Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America Cover Image
By Deborah Diesen, Magdalena Mora (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534439580
Availability: Backordered
Published: Beach Lane Books - February 18th, 2020

Black Is a Rainbow Color Cover Image
By Angela Joy, Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626726314
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 14th, 2020

The Undefeated Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328780966
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Published: Versify - April 2nd, 2019

Stolen Justice: The Struggle for African American Voting Rights (Scholastic Focus): The Struggle for African American Voting Rights Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338323481
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Published: Scholastic Focus - January 7th, 2020

After the Shot Drops Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780358108061
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - January 21st, 2020

Kent State Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338356281
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 21st, 2020

I'm Not Dying with You Tonight Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781492678892
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Published: Sourcebooks - August 1st, 2019

Clean Getaway Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984892973
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 7th, 2020

Black Brother, Black Brother Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316493802
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399187353
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - August 27th, 2019

Genesis Begins Again Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481465809
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - January 15th, 2019

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481438285
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 8th, 2019

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780525559559
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Published: Penguin Books - April 7th, 2020

White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America (Critical Perspectives on Youth #1) Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781479802456
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Published: New York University Press - February 1st, 2020

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735224957
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Published: Penguin Books - March 3rd, 2020

American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780451494887
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Published: Knopf - March 17th, 2020

A Black Women's History of the United States (REVISIONING HISTORY #5) Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780807033555
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Published: Beacon Press - February 4th, 2020

The Fire Next Time (Vintage International) Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780679744726
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Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345528438
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Published: Bantam - August 16th, 2016

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501126352
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Published: Scribner - June 20th, 2017

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781631494536
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Published: Liveright - May 1st, 2018

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780465060689
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Published: Basic Books - September 5th, 2017

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250135995
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 17th, 2017

Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061792267
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 19th, 2013

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399590573
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Published: One World - October 30th, 2018

Notes of a Native Son Cover Image
By James Baldwin, Edward P. Jones (Foreword by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780807006238
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Published: Beacon Press - November 20th, 2012

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780525559559
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Published: Penguin Books - April 7th, 2020

The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780307278449
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Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525560548
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Published: Viking - February 25th, 2020

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Homegoing Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101971062
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017