A Message to Our Community

The Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District stands in solidarity with all who seek to end systemic racism and bring about positive change in our community. The fight for dignity, justice, and equality is a matter of basic human rights. We grieve with our nation as we collectively face the clear exposure of our deeply rooted systems of racism and structural violence.

We believe that words have the power to make change actionable. Now is the time to both listen and make our voices heard as we strongly denounce racism, hate, discrimination, and violence. Together we can build a more just, resilient, and inclusive community for all.

We stand in support of our colleagues at the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and their Statement Condemning Increased Violence and Racism Towards Black Americans and People of Color and we encourage you to explore our list of resources to delve deeper into the topics of race and racism in America.

Understanding Racism : A reading list for all ages

Picture Books

All The Colors We Are/Todos Los Colores De Nuestra Piel, by Katie Kissinger
(Hoopla)

Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy
(Libby)

Can I Touch Your Hair? By Irene Latham, Charles Waters, Sean Qualls, et al.
(Libby) (cloudLibrary) (Hoopla)

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
(cloudLibrary)

Going Down Home With Daddy by Kelly Starling Lyons; illustrated by Daniel Minter
(Hoopla)

Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson
(Libby) (cloudLibrary) (Hoopla)

My Hair is a Garden by Cozbi A. Cabrera
(Hoopla)

The Night is Yours by Abdul-Razak Zachariah, Keturah A. Bobo
(Libby)

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
(cloudLibrary)

Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh
(Hoopla) (cloudLibrary)

The Skin I’m In: A First Look at Racism by Pat Thomas
(Hoopla)

Something Happened In Our Town by Marianne Celano, Leslie Green
(Libby) (Hoopla)

The Stone Thrower by Jael Ealey Richardson
(Hoopla)

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander (Libby)
(cloudLibrary)

Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged by Jody Nyasha Warner and Richard Rudnicki
(Hoopla)

Youth

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee
(Libby) (cloudLibrary)

Blended by Sharon Draper
(Libby) (cloudLibrary)

For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J. Lockington
(Libby)

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
(cloudLibrary)

The Fierce 44: Black Americans Who Shook Up the World by the staff of TheUndefeated.com
(cloudLibrary) (Hoopla)

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
(cloudLibrary) (Hoopla)

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
(Libby) (cloudLibrary)

Hidden Figures (Young Readers’ Edition) by Margot Lee Shetterly
(Libby)

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
(Hoopla)

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
(Libby) (cloudLibrary)

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford
(cloudLibrary)

We’ve Got a Job by Cynthia Levinson
(cloudLibrary) (Hoopla)

Teen

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
(cloudLibrary)

Black Enough edited by Ibi Zoboi
(Hoopla)

Dark Sky Rising by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
(Libby) (cloudLibrary)

Dear Martin by Nic Stone
(cloudLibrary)

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
(cloudLibrary)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
(Libby) (cloudLibrary)

I’m Not Dying with You Tonight by Gilly Segal
(Hoopla)

It’s Trevor Noah: Born A Crime by Trevor Noah
(Libby)

March Trilogy by John Robert Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
(Hoopla)

Monster by Walter Dean Myers
(Hoopla)

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
(Libby) (cloudLibrary)

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
(Libby)

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibrim X. Kendi
(Libby) (cloudLibrary)

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
(Libby)

Adult Fiction

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
(Libby) (cloudLibrary)

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
(Libby) (cloudLibrary)

Deacon King Kong by James McBride
(Libby) (cloudLibrary)

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
(Libby) (cloudLibrary)

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
(Libby) (cloudLibrary)

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
(Hoopla) (Libby) (cloudLibrary)

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
(Libby)

A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
(Hoopla)

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
(Hoopla)

The Mothers by Brit Bennett
(Libby) (cloudLibrary)

Adult Nonfiction

Stamped by Ibram X. Kendi
(Libby) (cloudLibrary)

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
(Libby) (cloudLibrary)

Negroland by Margo Jefferson
(Libby) (cloudLibrary)

How to Be Less Stupid About Race by Crystal Marie Fleming
(Libby)

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
(Libby)

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
(Libby) (cloudLibrary)

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
(Libby) (cloudLibrary)

Ghosts in the Schoolyard by Eve L. Ewing
(Libby)

How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones
(Libby) (cloudLibrary)

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
(Libby)

Documentary

The African Americans
(Kanopy)

Banished
(Kanopy)

I Am Not Your Negro
(Hoopla)(Kanopy)

Ken Burns: The Central Park Five
(Hoopla)

American Denial
(Kanopy)

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
(Kanopy)

King: A Filmed Record
(Hoopla)

American Experience: Freedom Riders
(Hoopla)

Separate and Unequal
(Kanopy)

Two American Families
(Kanopy)