Civil Rights Booklist

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Book recommendations pertaining to the Civil Rights Movement.

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and YouReynolds, Jason
Kendi, Ibram X.
2020UMG
YA
Renaissance1415-2020North AmericaUnited StatesRacism
Civil Rights
NF
OV
NF
The 1619 Project: Born on the WaterHannah-Jones, Nikole
Watson, Renee
2021LE
MG
Enlightenment1619-2021North America
Africa
United StatesGeneology
Civil Rights
Atlantic Slave Trade
NF
OV
PB
HomegoingGyasi, Yaa2016YA
A
Age of Revolutions1775-2016Africa
North America
United StatesRacism
African American History
Atlantic Slave Trade
Great Migration
Civil Rights
F
OV
N
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks: Young Readers' EditionTheoharris, Jeanne2021UMG
YA
Modern Age1913-1997North AmericaUnited StatesCivil Rights
Segregation
Resistance
NF
Bio
CB
Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race MassacreBoston Weatherford, Carole2021MGModern Age1921North AmericaUnited StatesTulsa Race Massacre
Civil Rights
NFPB
Angel of GreenwoodPink, Randi2021YA
A
Modern Age1921North AmericaUnited StatesTulsa Race Massacre
Civil Rights
FN
The Burning (Young Readers Edition)Beard, Hilary
Madigan, Tim
2021UMG
YA
Modern Age1921North AmericaUnited StatesTulsa Race Massacre
Civil Rights
NFB
Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?Levinson, Cynthia2008MGModern Age1929-1968North AmericaUnited StatesCivil Rights
Martin Luther King, Jr.
NFCB
Betty Before XShabazz, Ilyasah2018MG
UMG
Modern Age1934-1948North AmericaUnited StatesCivil RightsNF
Bio
CB
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward JusticeHoose, Phillip2010UMG
YA
Modern Age1939-2005North AmericaUnited StatesCivil Rights
Segregation
Resistance
NF
Bio
CB
The Port Chicago 50Sheinkin, Steve2017YAModern Age1944North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Civil Rights
NFN
Freedom's ChildrenLevine, Ellen S.2000UMG
YA
Modern Age1954-1968North AmericaUnited StatesCivil Rights
Segregation
Resistance
NF
Bio
CB
The Civil Rights Movement: An Interactive History AdventureAdamson, Heather2016MGModern Age1954–1968North AmericaUnited StatesCivil RightsNFCB
And We RiseMartin, Erica2022YA
A
Modern Age1954-1968North AmericaUnited StatesCivil RightsNF
P
B
Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a NationPinkney, Andrea Davis2008LE
MG
Modern Age1955–1956North AmericaUnited StatesCivil RightsNFPB
Midnight Without a MoonWilliams Jackson, Linda2017UMGModern Age1955North AmericaUnited StatesCivil RightsFCB
Indian No MoreMcManis, Charlene Willing2019MG
UMG
Modern Age1957North AmericaUnited StatesUmpqua Nation
Civil Rights
Indigenous Americans
FCB
Through My EyesBridges, Ruby1999MG
UMG
Modern Age1960-1963North AmericaUnited StatesCivil Rights
Segregation
Ruby Bridges
NF
Bio
PB
The Story of Ruby BridgesColes, Robert1995LEModern Age1960-1961North AmericaUnited StatesCivil Rights
Ruby Bridges
NFPB
I Have a DreamNelson, Kadir2012LE
MG
Modern Age1963North AmericaUnited StatesCivil Rights
Martin Luther King, Jr.
NFPB
Root MagicRoyce, Eden2021MG
UMG
Modern Age1963North AmericaUnited StatesCivil RightsF
M
CB
We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's MarchLevinson, Cynthia2015MG
UMG
Modern Age1963North AmericaUnited StatesCivil RightsNFCB
The Voting Rights Act of 1965: An Interactive History AdventureBurgan, Michael2015MGModern Age1965North AmericaUnited StatesVoting
Civil Rights
NFCB
Lillian's Right to VoteWinter, Jonah2015LEModern Age1965North AmericaUnited StatesWomen's Suffrage
Voting
Civil Rights
NFPB
The Lucky OnesWilliams Jackson, Linda2022MG
UMG
Modern Age1967North AmericaUnited StatesCivil Rights
poverty
FCB
One Crazy SummerWilliams-Garcia, Rita2010MG
UMG
Modern Age1968North AmericaUnited StatesCivil RightsFCB
The Rock and the RiverMagoon, Kekla2009UMG
YA
Modern Age1968North AmericaUnited StatesCivil Rights
Black Panthers
F
OV
N

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List of abbreviations:
Reading Age Genre Format
LE = lower elementary
MG = middle grade (8-12 yrs.)
UMG = upper-middle grade (11-14 yrs.)
YA = young adult (14+)
A = adult (18+)
NF - non fiction
F = fiction
Bio = biography
HF = historical fantasy
AH = alternate history
OV - own voices
M = mythology
S = spine book
PB = picture book
GN = graphic novel
ER = early reader
CB = chapter book
B = book (NF)
N = novel
M = memoir