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Black Lives Matter: Book Lists
Black Lives Matter.
It would be naive to think that books are the only solution to this country's long history of entrenched racism, inequality, and police brutality. But we do believe that books are powerful tools to build empathy and to provoke change, especially for children, and that all children deserve both to see their experiences mirrored in books and to have windows into the lives of people who are different from them. (If you'd like to learn more about the importance of "windows and mirrors" in children's literature, you can read Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop's seminal article on the concept here.) To this end, we've made some recommended reading lists for a range of ages, featuring fiction by Black authors about Black characters as well as nonfiction about the history and experiences of Blackness in America.
We also contributed to a list of recommendations for Black History Month 2021 in the Brookline TAB.