Discussing Black Lives Matter Books

Daddy, There’s a Noise Outside By Kenneth Braswell (ages 5+)

“This engaging story begins when two children are awakened by noises in the middle of the night outside the window of their inner-city neighborhood. Both their Dad and Mom spend the next morning explaining to them what was taking place in their community.” – Publisher

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A Good Kind of Trouble By Lisa Moore Ramée (ages 6+)

“Tensions are high over the trial of a police officer who shot an unarmed Black man. When the officer is set free, and Shay goes with her family to a silent protest, she starts to see that some trouble is worth making.” – Publishers Weekly

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Hands Up! By Breanna J. McDaniel (ages 4-8)

“Sobering and celebratory both, writer and artist triumphantly assure all audiences, especially young black readers, ‘You matter.'” —Shelf Awareness, starred review

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Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice By Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard (ages 4+)

“Provides an unflinching look at how families can and should talk about racism…Explores the roots of racism in America, the importance of actively fighting for social justice, and how kids can respond to the prejudice and exclusion that creeps into their classrooms… Whatever this discussion looks like in your household, it’s just a first step.” — Mashable.com

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The Undefeated By Kwame Alexander (ages 5+)

“[T]his magnificent anthem to the courage and genius of black Americans has been turned into a picture book with stunning portraits by Nelson….communicating clearly that when black lives matter, America is stronger.” —Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

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The Hate U Give By Angie Thomas (ages 13+)

”The Hate U Give is an important and timely novel that reflects the world today’s teens inhabit. Starr’s struggles create a complex character, and Thomas boldly tackles topics like racism, gangs, police violence, and interracial dating. This topical, necessary story is highly recommended for all libraries.” — Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) Starred Review

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