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Racial Justice Resources

Youth Services Coordinator

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Carrie Sanders
25 S. Charles Street, Suite 1310
Baltimore, MD 21201

Racial Justice

These reading lists and resources for youth, families, and adults is part of a response to the current awareness and events surrounding social justice and racial equity. Additional materials and resources that support racial justice as well as other topics surrounding Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion can be found on the EDI Resources for Maryland Libraries Web Guide.


Reading Lists for All Ages

--"Ten Powerful Inclusive and Anti-Racist Books for Kids and Teens"

--This book list from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries is divided by age group (children, middle school, teen, and librarian/teacher/adult). These resources are meant to assist in building library collections. Several resources are listed multiple times under different age groups.

--Anti-Racism Resources for All Ages (Nicole the Librarian)

--Two book lists from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (released June 2020):

--Black Joy Booklist (Alia Jones, Cincinnati Public Library) (focus: Black experience)

--“Ensuring a Diverse Collection: Promoting Equity of Access and Free Expression”, ALSC Blog, 6-20-2020

--We Are Kidlit Collective Summer Reading lists (focus: Black, Indigenous and People of Color)

Talking with Children About Race

--Addressing Race, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion with Young Children

--MSDE, Division of Early Childhood, "It’s Never Too Early: To Talk About Race and Diversity with Children," featuring the MSDE, Division of Early Childhood Assistant State Superintendent Steven Hicks. 

--Raising Race Conscious Children


--"Talking with Children about Race", ALSC Blog, 5-22-2018

Resources For Adults

--A podcast hosted by Ohio State professor, Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, “Teaching Hard History.” He brings together educators and pedagogy experts to help teachers maneuver through educating on difficult topics focused on race while being honest and clear about injustice. He does this by staying current with what is going on in the world. 


--The National Museum of African American History and Culture has provided resources that can be done individually or in small groups. These resources are in the section of their website called “Talking About Race” and has multiple facets of ways in which one might approach race (e.g. as an educator, a parent or caregiver, or a person committed to equity). These resources can help educators and others healthily address biases and shape the way we should address issues such as racism.


--The Teaching Tolerance website.


--Resources and actions are included with the “Black Lives Matter: ALSC’s Call to Action and Endorsement of BCALA and ALA Recent Statements”

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.