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From children's stories to beloved classics, these audiobooks celebrate self love, beauty, hair (or no hair), Black culture, and much more! Explore this playlist curated by librarian Mychal Threets and creator of Smarter in Seconds, Blair Imani. Plus, take 35% off the playlist now through the end of March with code LAR35!

The 1619 Project: Born on the Water

By: Nikole Hannah-Jones & Renée Watson
Narrated by: Nikole Hannah-Jones
Length: 23 minutes

The 1619 Project’s lyrical picture book in verse, adapted for audio, chronicles the consequences of slavery and the history of Black resistance in the United States, thoughtfully rendered by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and Newbery honor-winning author Renée Watson.


A young student receives a family tree assignment in... Read more

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Beloved

Pulitzer Prize Winner

By: Toni Morrison
Narrated by: Toni Morrison
Length: 12 hours 2 minutes

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A spellbinding novel that transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. With a new afterword by the author. 

This "brutally powerful, mesmerizing story” (People) is an unflinchingly look into the abyss of slavery, from the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner.


Sethe... Read more

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I Am Smart, I Am Blessed, I Can Do Anything!

By: Alissa Holder & Zulekha Holder-Young
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 5 minutes

Based on a viral video comes the story of one boy's positive energy and how a sunny outlook can turn everything around.

It's a new day and Ayaan has woken up on the wrong side of the bed, where nothing feels quite right. What if he doesn't know the answer at school? What if he messes up? But as he sets out that morning, all it takes is a few... Read more

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A Little Piece of Light

A Memoir of Hope, Prison, and a Life Unbound

By: Donna Hylton
Narrated by: Donna Hylton
Length: 7 hours 57 minutes

Random Family meets Orange Is the New Black in A Little Piece of Light, a memoir of survival, redemption, hope, and sisterhood from a bold new voice on the front lines of the criminal justice reform movement.

Like so many women before her and so many women yet to come, Donna Hylton's early life was a nightmare of abuse that left her feeling... Read more

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All Because You Matter (An All Because You Matter Book)

By: Tami Charles
Narrated by: Tami Charles
Length: 16 minutes

A lyrical, heart-lifting love letter to Black and brown children everywhere: reminding them how much they matter, that they have always mattered, and they always will, from powerhouse rising star author Tami Charles and esteemed, award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier.Instant New York Times bestseller!The #1 Amazon Best Children's Book of 2020A... Read more

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Twelve Dinging Doorbells

By: Tameka Fryer Brown
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Length: 9 minutes

A cumulative all-holiday carol packed to the brim with family, food, love, and Black joy, especially perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, graduations, and all family celebrations.

Every holiday, aunties, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and neighbors come over to eat, sing, and celebrate life. But all our main character can think about is the sweet... Read more

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The Secret Summer Promise

By: Keah Brown
Narrated by: Tamika Katon-Donegal
Length: 7 hours 28 minutes

Andrea Williams has got this. The Best Summer Ever. Last summer, she spent all her time in bed, recovering from the latest surgery for her cerebral palsy. She’s waited too long for adventure and thrills to enter her life. Together with her crew
of ride-or-die friends, and the best parents anyone could ask for (just don’t tell them that), she’s... Read more

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It's Not All Downhill From Here

A Novel

By: Terry McMillan
Narrated by: Terry McMillan
Length: 10 hours 8 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • After a sudden change of plans, a remarkable woman and her loyal group of friends try to figure out what she’s going to do with the rest of her life—from Terry McMillan, the bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting to Exhale
 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY MARIE CLAIRE AND GOOD... Read more

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Caste (Adapted for Young Adults)

By: Isabel Wilkerson
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 10 hours 15 minutes

In this young adult adaptation of the Oprah Book Club selection and New York Times bestselling nonfiction work, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson explores the unspoken hierarchies that divide us across lines of race and class. Revealing and timely, this work will speak to young people who are engaged more than ever with the world... Read more

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Everyday Ubuntu

Living Better Together, the African Way

By: Mungi Ngomane
Narrated by: Nontombi Naomi Tutu
Length: 5 hours 59 minutes

Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Mungi Ngomane, granddaughter of Nobel Peace Prize–winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, offers an introduction to ubuntu, the Southern African philosophy that celebrates the universal human bond in this beautiful definitive guide filled with lessons on how to live harmoniously with all people.


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Outliers

The Story of Success

By: Malcolm Gladwell
Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
Length: 7 hours 18 minutes

From the bestselling author of The Bomber Mafia, learn what sets high achievers apart—from Bill Gates to the Beatlesin this seminal work from "a singular talent" (New York Times Book Review).

In this stunning book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"—the best and the brightest, the most famous... Read more

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Long Way Down

By: Jason Reynolds
Narrated by: Jason Reynolds
Length: 1 hour 43 minutes

“One of the best parts of listening to this audiobook was getting to hear Jason Reynolds breathe further life into the heartbreaking words he wrote. I don't doubt the emotion would have been evident in the text, but as he said in the interview at the end of the audio, only he knew the right beats in order to make sure his message wasn't lost. I... 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... Read more

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The Gilded Ones

The Gilded Ones: Book #1

By: Namina Forna
Narrated by: Shayna Small
Length: 12 hours 46 minutes

“This is a bold and powerful book about the bonds of sisterhood and finding your strength. This story is as rich and vivid as the cover is (which is AMAZING)—a tantalizing fantasy with a splash of mystery, fierce, magical warriors, dangerous monsters, and a war-ravaged empire. Absolutely fantastic! Read more

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Making Our Way Home

The Great Migration and the Black American Dream

By: Blair Imani
Narrated by: Tay Zonday, Blair Imani & Patrisse Cullors
Length: 5 hours 36 minutes

A powerful history of the Great Migration and its sweeping impact on Black and American culture, from Reconstruction to the rise of hip hop.

Over the course of six decades, an unprecedented wave of Black Americans left the South and spread across the nation in search of a better life--a migration that sparked stunning demographic and cultural... Read more

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Akata Witch

Nsibidi Scripts: Book #1

By: Nnedi Okorafor
Narrated by: Yetide Badaki
Length: 8 hours 49 minutes

Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are African, but she has albinism. She's a terrific athlete, but can't go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing—she is a "free agent" with latent mystical power. Soon she's part of a... Read more

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Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century

Unabridged Selections

By: Alice Wong
Narrated by: Alejandra Ospina & Alice Wong
Length: 8 hours 1 minute

“Containing dozens of personal stories, this is an absolute must-read for anyone looking to learn about the breadth, diversity, and history of disabled experience(s) from disabled folks themselves. Read more

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Rez Ball

By: Byron Graves
Narrated by: Jesse Nobess
Length: 8 hours 13 minutes

This compelling debut novel by new talent Byron Graves tells the relatable, high-stakes story of a young athlete determined to play like the hero his Ojibwe community needs him to be. These days, Tre Brun is happiest when he is playing basketball on the Red Lake Reservation high school team—even though he can’t help but be constantly gut-punched... Read more

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Poesy the Monster Slayer

By: Cory Doctorow
Narrated by: Jessica Almasy
Length: 6 minutes

New York Times bestselling author Cory Doctorow presents a sweetly scary audiobook about a girl whose monster-catching activities delay her bedtime in Poesy the Monster Slayer.

A monster slayer needs no bedtime!

Once her parents are off to bed, Poesy excitedly awaits the monsters that creep into her room. With the knowledge she’s gained from her... Read more

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Front Desk

By: Kelly Yang
Narrated by: Sunny Lu
Length: 6 hours 29 minutes

Winner of the Asian / Pacific American Award for Children's Literature!

* "Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review


Mia Tang has a lot of secrets.

Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the... Read more

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