Nesmith Library

Windham, New Hampshire

Anti-Racist Reading Lists

Read the Nesmith Library Statement reaffirming our commitment to informing positive change in our community.

Black History Month 2021

Visit our Own Voices Tell Black History video recommendations to engage with insightful thinkers providing fresh, thoughtful perspectives on Black identity and to move forward with new perspective and purpose. The videos and this graphic are from's Black History Month playlist.

February 5 - February 12 - February 19 - February 26

We also recommend these Black History Month resources for further reading:

Juneteenth: June 19, 2021


Anti-Racism Resources for Caregivers

Raising Race Conscious Children is an expansive resource for book lists, anecdotes, and resources about how to discuss race and other topics with children. In particular, they did a round up of the type of language that can be helpful in these conversations with their 100th post, 100 RACE-CONSCIOUS THINGS YOU CAN SAY TO YOUR CHILD TO ADVANCE RACIAL JUSTICE. Here's one example quote:

“There are lots of people in the world whose lives and experiences are very different from ours and if we only read books about White characters, our understanding of the world leaves out a lot of what the world is like.”


Children's Books

Watch this Virtual Browsing video for some items currently available at Nesmith Library with stories and strategies for discussing historic and current issues of race.

Items in this video: Items hyperlinked are available for curbside borrowing.

Juvenile fiction:

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
More Than a Princess by E. D. Baker
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
Shadows of Sherwood by Kekla Magoon
The Watsons Go To Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds
The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore


Show Me History Martin Luther King Jr. Voice for Equality by James Buckley Jr.
Kid Activists True Tales of Childhood From Champions of Change by Robin Stevenson
Not My Idea A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham
Black Lives Matter by Duchess Harris, JD, PHD
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson
I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester
Who Belongs Here? by Margy Burns Knight

Picture Books:

I Am Enough by Grace Byers
Magnificent Homespun Brown by Samara Cole Doyon

This Anti-Racism For Kids 101 Book Collection from also includes a lot of helpful advice about how to read with your children and converse with them about the broader state of racial equality and diversity. Here are the books recommended in the collection: we encourage you to dig deeper into their site for further recommendations! Items hyperlinked are available for curbside borrowing. Items in bold are by Own Voices creators.

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold (Ages 4-7)

Lovely by Jess Hong (Ages 2+)

We're Different, We're the Same by Bobbi Kates (Ages 2-5)

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson (Ages 6-12)

Where Are You From? by Yamile Saied Méndez (Ages 3-10)

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal (Ages 3-8)

We Are America by Walter Dean Myers (Ages 6+)

Three Balls of Wool by Henriqueta Cristina (Ages 3-9)

Spork by Kyo Maclear (Ages 4+)


Adult & YA Books

Visit this Padlet: Anti-Racism Resources for all ages - A Project by the Augusta Baker Chair for a ton of great resources on anti-racism.

We also recommend the I Can Make a Difference Manual for Kids, Teens, and Parents from Finkelstein Memorial Library, Spring Valley, NY.

Librarians from the American Library Association have also recommended A Black Lives Matter Comics Reading List: check on Hoopla for titles that interest you!

Adult Nonfiction at Nesmith Library: Follow the links to place a hold in our catalog and participate in curbside borrowing.

Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City by Wes Moore and Erica L. Green

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, Ph.d. 

On Account of Race: The Supreme Court, White Supremacy, and the Ravaging of African American Voting Rights by Lawrence Goldstone

Tulsa 1921: Reporting a Massacre by Randy Krehbiel and  Karlos K. Hill

We Are Called to Be a Movement by William Barber

Anti-racist researcher Victoria Alexander put together reading lists relevant to the current protests. Visit her Twitter & Instagram @victoriaalxndr to see more resources.


Here are the reading lists from the images. Items hyperlinked are either digitally available or available for curbside borrowing.

Anti-Racist Starter Kit:

Stamped from the Beginning - Ibram X Kendi (Audiobook now available FOR FREE on Spotify!)

Stamped - Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

A People's History of the United States - Howard Zinn (There is a "young people's" version for elementary and middle school readers)

White Fragility - Robin Diangelo (also available through Cloudlibrary as an ebook and eaudiobook)

So you want to talk about race - Ijeoma Oluo

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness - Austin Channing Brown

Me and White Supremcy - Layla F Saad


Anti-Racist Intermediate Kit:

The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America - Anders Walker

The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander

The Condemnation of Blackness - Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Dying of Whiteness - Jonathan Metzl

A Different Mirror - Ronald Takaki

How to be an AntiRacist - Ibram X Kendi

How the South Won the Civil War - Heather Cox Richardson


Anti-Racist Topic Specifics:

Evicted - Matthew Desmond

Nobody - Marc Lamont Hill

Lies My Teacher Told Me - James W Loewen

Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria - Berver Doniel Tatum, PhD

The Color of Law - Richard Rothstein

Blackballed - Darryl Pinkney



Anti-Racist Lit; Bios, Non-fiction, novels, personal narratives:

The Warmth of Other Suns - Isabel Wilkerson

The Fire Next Time - James Baldwin

Malcolm X - Alex Haley

Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates

Killing Rage Ending Racism - Bell Hooks

Becoming - Michelle Obama

An American Marriage - Tayari Jones

A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota - Sun Yung Shin

The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother - James McBride

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption - Bryan Stevenson (also a young adult version)

The Myth Of Race - Robert Sussman


Anti-Racist Lit - Black Feminism:

How we Get Free - Keeanga-Yamhtta Taylor

Black Feminist Thought - Patricia Hill Collins

Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism - Bell Hooks

Bad Feminist - Roxane Gay

Eloquent Rage - Brittney Cooper

In Search of Our Mothers Gardens - Alice Walker

Sister Outsider - Audre Lorde

Women Race & Class - Angela Y Davis

Assata: An Autobiography - Assata Shakur

To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe - Akwugo Emejulu and Francesca Sobande


Anti Racist List Black LGBTQ+:

Giovanni's Room - James Baldwin

Zami - Audre Lorde

Real Life - Brandon Taylor

Unapologetic A black, queer, and feminist Mandate for Radical Movements - Charlene A Carruthers

No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies - E. Patrick Johnson

Since I Laid My Burden Down - Brontez Purnell

The Other Side of Paradise - Staceyann Chin

No Ashes in the Fire - Darnell L. Moore

The Summer We Got Free - Mia McKenzie

Black Like Me - John Howard Griffin

Rising Out of Hatred - Eli Saslow

Black On Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identiy - C. Riley Snorton


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