In response to the recent events in Minneapolis and across the nation, the Colorado AcademyLibrary Department collaborated with the Director of Inclusivity, Sarah Wright, on the following book list to share with the community. While we don’t have answers, we can encourage conversation and deeper understanding through books. Reading the stories and experiences of others is just one superpower of a good book. Stories build background knowledge, add new perspectives, create dialogue, spark ideas, and can create purpose.
It is challenging to find the words to talk about what is happening in our nation and how we are feeling about it. Even more challenging can be finding ways to talk about race and racism with your children. Finding common ground in a story is a good starting point for conversations addressing these topics. The online community EmbraceRace shares tips for teaching and talking with children about race.
The Library Department hopes that the following book lists will provide information and stories that will inform and empower the CA community in the coming days as we continue to try to understand, empathize, and find purpose during a time in which many are feeling untethered.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of all of the incredible titles that exist about these topics, but rather a sampling of some of the ones that the CA librarians have read and found to be particularly valuable, impactful, and important.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Antiracism Titles