Black Lives Matter: A Teen Book List

book covers of books listed in blog post


These are complicated times but social unrest often brings change and growth. It is also an opportunity for us to talk to one another, learn, and think about how our beliefs and actions impact those around us.

This booklist was created as a starting place to explore racial inequities, open discussions with each other, and help us look critically at our Nation's past and present. 

Are you part of a school group, sports team, church group or other youth group? Invite others to read and discuss one of these books with you. Looking for a group? The Central Library has a social justice book group, Rising Voices, for teens. We read and discuss books about a broad range of issues. Any teen in grades 9-12 is invited to join us.  


A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope by Patrice Caldwell, editor

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée

All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Black Enough : Stories of Being Young & Black in America by Ibi Aanu Zoboi, editor

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dream Country by Shannon Gibney

The Hate U Give Angie Thomas

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia Williams

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

This Side of Home by Renée Watson

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon


Graphic Novels

As the Crow Flies by  Melanie Gillman

I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina

March: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

New Kid by Jerry Craft

The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long

Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty  by Greg Neri


A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip M. Hoose

Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama

Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Russell  Freedman

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Just Mercy: Adapted for Young Adults: A True Story of the Fight for Justice by Bryan Stevenson


Malcolm X : By Any Means Necessary by Walter Dean Myers

Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary by Elizatbeth Partridge

No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row by Susan Kuklin

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell


We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices by Wade Hudson

Looking for more books? Take a look at our Black Lives Matter Pinterest board.