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We recognize what’s going in our country, and we want to show our support for the Black community. We here at Buy The Book do believe that Black Lives Matter, and want to do what we can to give everyone the resources to learn about what they can do to help. So, we have put together a list books about racism, antiracism, and how to talk to your children about racism.

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Coretta Scott

By Ntozake Shange
Narrated by: Phylicia Rashad
Length: 5 minutes

This extraordinary union of poetic text by Ntozake Shange and monumental artwork by kadir Nelson captures the movement for civil rights in the United States and honors its most elegant inspiration, Coretta Scott

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Preaching to the Chickens

The Story of Young John Lewis

By Jabari Asim
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
Length: 10 minutes

Critically acclaimed author Jabari Asim and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator E. B. Lewis team up to give readers a fascinating glimpse into the boyhood of Civil Rights leader John Lewis. Even as a very young boy, John Lewis knew he wanted to be a preacher when he grew up. He wanted to be the kind of leader who could use his passionate... Read more »
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What Is the Civil Rights Movement?

What Was?

By Sherri L. Smith & Who HQ
Narrated by: David Sadzin
Length: 1 hours 5 minutes

Relive the moments when African Americans fought for equal rights, and made history.

Even though slavery had ended in the 1860s, African Americans were still suffering under the weight of segregation a hundred years later. They couldn't go to the same schools, eat at the same restaurants, or even use the same bathrooms as white people. But by the... Read more »
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Something Happened in Our Town

A Child's Story About Racial Injustice

By Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins & Ann Hazzard
Narrated by: Leslie Green
Length: 42 minutes

Following a police shooting, two families - one White and one Black - discuss the event, its aftermath, and what they can do to help.

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Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

By Carole Boston Weatherford
Narrated by: Ron Butler
Length: 46 minutes

Amid the scholars, poets, authors, and artists of the Harlem Renaissance stood an Afro-Puerto Rican named Arturo Schomburg. This law clerk's life's passion was to collect books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora and to bring to light the achievements of people of African descent throughout the ages. When Schomburg's...

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The Day You Begin

By Jacqueline Woodson
Narrated by: Jacqueline Woodson
Length: 5 minutes

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature


National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson has created a poignant, yet heartening audiobook about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.

There will be times when you walk into a room
and no one there is... Read more »
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Piecing Me Together

By Renee Watson
Narrated by: Renee Watson
Length: 5 hours 37 minutes

A timely and powerful story about a teen girl from a poor neighborhood striving for success, from acclaimed author Renee Watson. Jade believes she must get out of her neighborhood if she's ever going to succeed. Her mother says she has to take every opportunity. She has. She accepted a scholarship to a mostly-white private school and even... Read more »
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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Vashti Harrison

By Vashti Harrison
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 1 hours 38 minutes

This beautifully illustrated board book edition of instant bestseller Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History showcases women who changed the world and is the perfect goodnight book to inspire big dreams.

Featuring 18 trailblazing black women in American history, Dream Big, Little One is the irresistible board book adaptation of Little... Read more »
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Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History

By Vashti Harrison
Narrated by: J. D. Jackson, Vashti Harrison & Cary Hite
Length: 1 hours 49 minutes

Author-illustrator Vashti Harrison shines a bold, joyous light on black men through history in this #1 New York Times bestseller.
An important book for readers of all ages, this beautifully illustrated and engagingly written volume brings to life true stories of black men in history. Among these biographies, readers will find aviators and... Read more »
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Hair Love

By Matthew A. Cherry
Narrated by: Blue Ivy Carter
Length: 4 minutes

Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it’s beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he’ll do anything to make her—and her hair—happy. Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair—and a...

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Welcome to the Party

By Gabrielle Union
Narrated by: Gabrielle Union
Length: 2 minutes

Inspired by the eagerly awaited birth of her daughter, Kaavia James Union Wade, New York Times bestselling author and award-winning actress Gabrielle Union pens a festive and universal love letter from parents to little ones, perfect for welcoming a baby to the party of life!

Don't miss this audiobook edition, read by the author...

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Kid Activists

True Tales of Childhood from Champions of Change
Kid Legends

By Robin Stevenson
Narrated by: Pete Cross
Length: 2 hours 44 minutes

Every activist started out as a kid—and in some cases, they were kids when their activism began! But even the world’s greatest champions of civil liberties had relatable interests and problems—often in the middle of extraordinary circumstances. Martin Luther King, Jr., loved fashion and argued with his dad about whether or not dancing was a sin....

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The World Needs More Purple People

By Kristen Bell & Benjamin Hart
Narrated by: Kristen Bell
Length: 7 minutes

#1 New York Times bestseller! 

Actress, producer, and parent Kristen Bell (The Good Place, Veronica Mars, Frozen) and creative director and parent Benjamin Hart have a new challenge for you and your kids: become a purple person by embracing what makes YOU special while finding common ground with those around you.

What is a purple person? Great... Read more »
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Bud, Not Buddy

By Christopher Paul Curtis
Narrated by: James Avery
Length: 5 hours 15 minutes

Hit the road with Bud in this  Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award-winning classic about a boy on a journey to find his father—from Christopher Paul Curtis, author of The Watsons Go To Birmingham—1963, a Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree.
It’s 1936, in Flint Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a...

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After Tupac & D Foster

By Jacqueline Woodson
Narrated by: Susan Spain
Length: 3 hours 11 minutes

When D Foster walks into Neeka and her best friend’s lives, their world opens up. D doesn’t have a “real” mom constantly telling her what to do, and the girls envy her independence. But D wants nothing more than to feel connected, and the three girls form a tight bond—and a passion for the music of Tupac Shakur. D’s the one who understands...

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Black, White, Other

In Search of Nina Armstrong

By Joan Steinau Lester
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin & Joan Steinau Lester
Length: 7 hours 23 minutes

"The tenderness and truth of the book moved my heart. As well as the enormous love." - Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple Joan Steinau Lester’s newest book looks that the emotional and social experience of Nina, a teen girl living in LA who feels caught between two worlds—the “white” world of her mother and the...

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By Sherri L. Smith
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 8 hours 36 minutes

All Ida Mae Jones wants to do is fly. Her daddy was a pilot, and years after his death she feels closest to him when she's in the air. But as a young black woman in 1940s Louisiana, she knows the sky is off limits to her, until America enters World War II, and the Army forms the WASP-Women Airforce Service Pilots.Ida has a chance to fulfill her... Read more »
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By Walter Dean Myers
Narrated by: Full Cast
Length: 2 hours 35 minutes

BONUS FEATURE: Afterword read by the author

Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I’ll call it what the lady who is the prosecutor called me. Monster.

FADE IN: INTERIOR COURT. A guard sits at a desk behind... Read more »
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Bronx Masquerade

By Nikki Grimes
Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Cherise Boothe, Kevin R. Free, Marc Damon Johnson, Sisi Aisha Johnson & Melanie Martinez
Length: 2 hours 51 minutes

Acclaimed poet, novelist, journalist, and educator Nikki Grimes was born and raised in New York City. Each of the 18 kids in Mr. Ward's inner city classroom has something important to say, but some don't even realize it. Then Mr. Ward begins to have "open mic" poetry slams once a month on Fridays. Young adult listeners will identify with the... Read more »
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The Skin I'm In

By Sharon Flake
Narrated by: Sisi Aisha Johnson
Length: 3 hours 51 minutes

Award-winning author Sharon G. Flake crafts a remarkable story of one girl's struggle to accept herself. Maleeka Madison is a dark-skinned African-American girl. She feels uncomfortable and wishes she had lighter skin. When her teacher, Miss Saunders, who suffers from a rare skin condition, shows that there is more to people than the color of... Read more »
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