Kids’ Book Recommendations: Black Lives Matter

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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. 

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

A is for Activist Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781609806934
Availability: Backordered
Published: Triangle Square - November 10th, 2016

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
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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

Let's Talk About Race Cover Image
By Julius Lester, Karen Barbour (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780064462266
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Published: HarperCollins - December 23rd, 2008

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

The Day You Begin Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399246531
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2018

Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250311207
Availability: Backordered
Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 10th, 2020

We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780060523107
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Published: HarperCollins - May 26th, 2015

Clean Getaway Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984892973
Availability: Backordered
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
Availability: Backordered
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - August 27th, 2019

Ghost Boys Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316262262
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

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The Hate U Give Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

Brown Girl Dreaming Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147515827
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Published: Puffin Books - October 11th, 2016

New Kid Cover Image
By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062691194
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Published: Quill Tree Books - February 5th, 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
Availability: Backordered
Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - January 7th, 2020

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

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

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

They Called Us Enemy Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781603094504
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - July 16th, 2019

After the Shot Drops Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780358108061
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - January 21st, 2020

Dear Martin Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781101939529
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Published: Ember - September 4th, 2018

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

In Search of Safety: Voices of Refugees Cover Image
By Susan Kuklin, Susan Kuklin (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780763679606
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Published: Candlewick - March 27th, 2020

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

On the Come Up Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498564
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 5th, 2019

The Hate U Give Collector's Edition Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9780062872340
Availability: Backordered
Published: Balzer + Bray - September 4th, 2018

I'm Not Dying with You Tonight Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781492678892
Availability: Backordered
Published: Sourcebooks Fire - August 6th, 2019