Booklist to Broaden Understanding about Race, Empathy, and Compassion

Books for Children, Teens and Adults

By Charlotte Mecklenburg Library February 22, 2021

As we end Black History Month, it is important that we do not forget that we can learn to be better allies all year long. Our friends at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library have shared a list of books for children, teens, and adults that provide a platform to learn about race, empathy, and compassion. All of these books can be checked out at your local branch.

Booklist to Broaden Understanding about Race, Empathy, and Compassion


Not my Idea – by Anastasia Higginbotham

A is for Activist – by Innosanto Nagara

Enough – by Emily Easton

Something Happened in Our Town – by Marianne Celano

The Big Umbrella – by Amy June Bates

How to Make the World Better – by Kelly Swift

Counting on Community – by Innosanto Nagara

This Book is Anti-Racist – by Tiffany Jewell

All Are Welcome – by Alexandra Penfold

I Am Enough – by Grace Byers

The Day You Begin – by Jacqueline Woodson

Desmond & the Very Mean Word – by Desmond Tutu

I Am Human – by Susan Verde

Hands Up – by Breanna McDaniel

We March – by Shane Evans

Can I Touch Your Hair? – by Irene Latham

Separate Is Never Equal – by Duncan Tonatiuh

My Hair is a Garden – by Cozbi A. Cabrera

The Youngest Marcher – by Cynthia Levinson

Sit-In – by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Rise Up – by Jo Rippon

Resist – by Veronica Chambers

Ghost Boys – by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Harbor Me – by Jacqueline Woodson

It All Comes Down To This – by Karen English

Each Kindness – by Jacqueline Woodson


I Am Alfonso Jones – by Tony Medina

March – by John Lewis

Stamped – by Jason Reynolds

All American Boys – by Jason Reynolds

A Few Red Drops – by Claire Hartfield

Black Enough – by Ibi Zobol

The Hate You Give – by Angie Thomas

Dear Martin – by Nic Stone

Tyler Johnson Was Here – by Jay Coles

Poet X – by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Stars Beneath Our Feet – by David Moore

Anger is a Gift – by Mark Oshiro

Light It Up – by Kekla Magoon

Say Her Name – by Zetta Elliott

I’m Not Dying With You Tonight – by Kimberly Jones

Take the Mic – by Bethany Morrow

How I Resist – by Tim Federle

Watch Us Rise – by Renee Watson


Wilmington’s Lie – by David Zucchino

Mindful of Race – by Ruth King

The New Jim Crow – by Michelle Alexander

White Fragility – by Robin DiAngelo

How to Be Anti-Racist – by Ibram Kendi

Me & White Supremacy – by Layla Saad

Citizen, Claudia Rankine

Another Day in the Death of America – by Gary Younge

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America – by Richard Rothstein

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – by Bryan Stevenson

When They Call You A Terrorist – by Patrisse Khan-Cullors

The Racial Healing Handbook – by Anneliese Singh

How To Be Less Stupid About Race – by Crystal Fleming

Things That Make White People Uncomfortable – by Michael Bennett

Why We Won’t Talk Honestly About Race – by Harry Stein

Uprooting Racism – by Paul Kivel

So You Want to Talk About Race – by Ijeoma Oluo

A Kind of Freedom – by Margaret Sexton

Tell Me Who You Are – by Winona Guo

What Truth Sounds Like – by Eric Michael Dyson

I’m Still Here – by Austin Brown

White Rage – by Carol Anderson