Anti-Racism Book Recommendations
A lot has been happening in the world. Are you wondering what you can do? One thing you can do is educate oneself on the issues of systemic racism and the Black Lives Matter movement. Books can help provide a starting point. Ideal Bookshelf has created a book list of Antiracist YA. According to the website these “are very specific books on being an antiracist and being Black in America, but also some about being discriminated against for other qualities.” All books on this list are for age 13+.
Strong Nations is a bookstore that “sells literature focused on raising awareness of Indigenous peoples”. Here are a few book titles that they recommended about anti-racism during an interview with CTV News.
BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHILDREN
“Happy in Our Skin,” by Fran Manushkin
“I Have the Right to Be a Child,” by Alain Serres
“I’m Gonna Push Through!” by Jasmyn Wright
“IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All,” by Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, Carolyn Choi
“Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness,” by Anastasia Higganbotham
BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ADULTS
“21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act,” by Bob Joseph
“Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present,” by Robyn Maynard
“Seven Fallen Feathers,” by Tanya Talaga
“The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power,” by Desmond Cole
“Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada,” by Rodney Diverlus, Sandy Hudson, and Syrus Marcus Ware
“White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for People to Talk About Racism,” by Robin DiAngelo
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