Book Titles for an Inclusive Library

The Local Market is proud to share a list of book titles that celebrate diversity, encourage inclusion and spark dialogue about racism and inequality. These are organized by age group and were hand-selected by librarians and school administrators.

We have donated these books to local schools to help build and enhance the current selection of books that discuss race, inequality, cultures and social issues that affect us all - indirectly or directly.

The next time you reach for a book (for yourself or someone else) consider these titles! When you can, also think about purchasing these books (or any book) from your local independent bookseller. This is a way to shop local, expand your horizons and spark a conversation or two that may help to make the world a better place.

Early Elementary Books [Pre-K - 2nd Grade]

Skin Like Mine

What if We Were All the Same

A Kids' Book About Racism

Black is a Rainbow Color

Going Down Home with Daddy

Big Hair, Don't Care

Hair Like Mine

A Song For Gwendolyn Brooks

All Because You Matter (preorder)

Freedom Soup

Harlem's Little Blackbird

In Your Hands

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History

Not Quite Snow White

Teach Your Dragon About Diversity

We Came To America

Your Name is a Song

Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World

What is Given from the Heart

I Am Human: A Book of Empathy

Where Are You From?

Later Elementary Books [Grades 3 - 5]

The Stars Beneath Our Feet

Look Both Ways

It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime, Stories from a South African Childhood

As Fast as Words Could Fly


The Forgotten Girl

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky

A Good Kind of Trouble

For Black Girls Like Me

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices

Something Happened in Our Town

From The Desk of Zoe Washington


For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf

Middle, High School (& Adult) Titles

The Promise of Change (middle school)

Dark Sky Rising

Making All Black Lives Matter (adult/high school)

The New Jim Crow (adult/high school)

Lifting As We Climb (middle school)

Making Our Way Home (adult/high school)

We Can't Breathe (adult/high school)

Say Her Name

Just Mercy

Stolen Justice


Black Boy (adult/high school)

March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine (middle school)

An Indigenous People' History of the United States for Young People

With the Fire on High

The 57 Bus

Genesis Begins Again (middle school)

The Poet X

Long Way Down

Booked (middle school)

Rebound (middle school)

The Crossover [graphic novel] (middle school)

Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow (Graphic Novel) (middle school)

Brown Girl Dreaming (middle school)

Illegal (middle school)

This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on how to wake up, take action, and do the work (middle school)



Dear Martin

How to be an Antiracist (adult/high school)

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