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Children (Intermediate: Grades 3-5)

Updated: Jul 31, 2020

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Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome

OR if you have read the above, try: Leaving Lymon by Lesa Cline-Ransome


Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison


Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children's Books

Social Justice Books


Books for grades 3-5

Select any title below to link to a brief summary and review.

Fiction (just a sampling of many great titles)

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds

The Crossroads by Alexandra Diaz

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Crossover: The Graphic Novel by Kwame Alexander

Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Ghost: Track, Book 1 by Jason Reynolds

The Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley

How I Became a Ghost - A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story by Tim Tingle

Leaving Lymon by Lesa Cline-Ransome

The Lost Tribes by Christine Taylor-Butler

The New Kid (Graphic Novel) by Jerry Craft

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

Rebound by Kwame Alexander

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

The Unsung Hero of Birdsong USA by Brenda Woods

Nonfiction (just a sampling of many great titles)

42 is Not Just a Number by Doreen Rappaport

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reaves, Deputy US Marshal by Vonda Micheaux Nelson

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem’s Great Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Pinkney

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson

Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea: How a Science Project Helps One Family and the Planet by Elizabeth Suneby

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell

Kid Activists: True Tales of Childhood from Champions of Change by Robin Stevenson

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison

March, Book 1 by John Lewis

Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin

Voice of Freedom, Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherfold



8 Podcasts That Help You Talk to Kids About Race, Plus 10 racially diverse podcasts your kids will enjoy

The Bello Collective


I Couldn't Buy a Movie Ticket by Ezra Awumey

I Was the First Black Student by A.P. Tureaud Jr

Registering to Vote by Theresa Burroughs

Segretated Swimming Pool by Robert Holmes

The Very Best Code Switch Episodes for Kids by Code Switch, NPR

Audie and the Not-So-Magic School Bus

On the Shoulders of Giants

When Xenophobia Spreads Like a Virus


Want a More Just World? Be an Unlikely Ally

TEDtalk by Nita Mosby-Tyler


Booklists: 60 carefully selected lists of multicultural and social justice books for children, young adults and educators

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