Black Lives Matter reading recommendations for kids

The Black Lives Matter movement has been a powerful part of our current events and is impactful to all members of society for any age. These books for children will help better understand the ideas and ideals behind the movement and start the conversation with age appropriate material. You can place material on hold to be picked up at your local branch through curbside pick up or check out material online through our Overdrive eSource. Further information about these subjects can also be found using our Kids Infobits eSource.

The UndefeatedThe Undefeated by Kwame Alexander & Kadir Nelson

This year's Caldecott winner, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. Discussing the trauma of slavery, the struggle for civil rights and the heroes of history.

Hands UpHands Up! by Breanna J. McDaniels & Shane W. Evans

The ways in which the charged statement 'Hands Up' turns from a high five and praising the sun into a protest chant for a young black girl.

I Am EnoughI Am Enough by Grace Byers

A reasurring ode to young black girls about loving yourself, respecting others, and being kind to one another

Hey Black Child

A Good Kind of TroubleHey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins

This classic lyrical, empowering poem celebrates black children and seeks to inspire all young people to dream big and achieve their goals.Black Lives Matter

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée

When rule-follower Shayla's sister Hana joins in protests, Shayla doesn't think it's for her. But when she is moved by a powerful protest, she joins in.

If You're Going to a MarchBlack Lives Matter by Duchess Harris

A non-fiction book about the origins, aims, and the means behind the Black Lives Matter Movement.

If You're Going to a March by Martha Freeman

A great resource for kids that are interested in participating in the protest process, with information about what to wear, what to bring, and how to behave for the youngest members of our community.

Looking for more? You can always use our Novelist K-8 eSource for more books on the subject.

Posted by Assh on June 3, 2020