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kindred

octavia e. butler

Butler’s novel follows a black female hero through a time of slavery and racism. Dana, the protagonist, is kidnapped from her home in California and embarks on a journey and analysis of uncertainty, racial inequality and danger.

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the color purple

alice walker

Walker's classic follows the life of Celie, a poor black woman in the 1900s American South, as she undergoes many hardships and abuse from the men around her. A truly intersectional novel, The Color Purple looks at the conjunction of class, gender, sexual orientation, and age and builds from it a truly beautiful tale of liberation and female sisterhood.

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the hate u give

angie thomas

Starr Carter, an African-American teenager, faces pressure from various communities and tries to stand up for what is right after she witnesses the shooting of her best friend by the police. A great look into privilege and black youth, this is a great introduction to black literature and the problem of police brutality for younger readers.

stack of books on race and racism, for kids (up to 12)

compiled by jane mount

A beautiful illustration of a stack of children's books (or books children can easily read and understand) about race, racism, and racial issues. Posted on the @idealbookshelf Instagram originally. Not all of these books are fiction, but most are, and the ones that are not read as easily as most fiction tends to.

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stack of books on race and racism, for readers 13 and up

compiled by jane mount

A beautiful illustration of a stack of books about race, racism, and racial issues that anyone generally aged 13 or up can read. Posted on the @idealbookshelf Instagram originally. Not all of these books are fiction, but most are, and the ones that are not read as easily as most fiction tends to.

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