Back to School with New Social Justice Books

This summer we’ve had a chance to check out some new titles for elementary, middle, and high school students. We share them here with you.

We also encourage you to join us in following the Reading While White (RWW) blog. In celebration of their first anniversary, RWW will review an #OwnVoices title each day for the month of September. They explained, “Rather than talking about what’s wrong in children’s and YA books, we’re going to talk about what’s right. We want to shine the spotlight on some of the amazing books that have been written by authors and artists of color and Native authors and illustrators.”


Unico_00-Rob-Liu-Trujillo_72-dpi One of a Kind Like Me / Único como yo
By Laurin Mayeno
shestoodforfreedom9781629721767 She Stood for Freedom: The Untold Story of a Civil Rights Hero, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland
Loki Mulholland, Angela Fairwell

Upper Elementary / Middle School

fannie9781419718847 Fannie Never Flinched: One Woman’s Courage in the Struggle for American Labor Union Rights
Mary Cronk Farrell
capitals-days9781419707339 Capital Days: Michael Shiner’s Journal and the Growth of Our Nation’s Capital 
Tonya Bolden
jump-back-paul9780763660703 Jump Back, Paul: The Life and Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar
Sally Derby
singit9781609806552 Sing It!: A Biography of Pete Seeger
Meryl Danziger
lionisland9781481461122 Lion Island: Cuba’s Warrior of Words
Margarita Engle
boyblacksuit9781442459519 The Boy in the Black Suit
Jason Reynolds
makoons9780060577933 Makoons
Louise Erdich
footstepscrazyhorse9781419707858 In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse
Joseph Marshall III

High School / Adult

invisibleman9781568585284 Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education
Mychal Denzel Smith
alltherealindians9780807062654 “All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 Other Myths about Native Americans
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Dina Gilio-Whitaker
countingdescent9781938912658 Counting Descent
Clint Smith
poetry-protest9780393352733 Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin
Michael Warr and Philip Cushway
heffners9781496807472 So the Heffners Left McComb
Hodding Carter II
studsterkel9781583675939 Studs Terkel: Politics, Culture, But Mostly Conversation
Alan Wieder
doorcrossroads9781515392163 The Door at the Crossroads
Zetta Elliott
outofdarkness9781467742023 Out of Darkness
Ashley Hope Perez
bloodinthewater9780375423222 Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy
Heather Ann Thompson
firethistime9781501126345 The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race
Jesmyn Ward

Let us know if there are new titles you’ve read and recommend.