Black Voices, Black Lives

Our library is full of stories. Stories told through fact and fiction, through print and voices and pictures. Tales of love and alien worlds. Books filled with trains and recipes. Here at the Waunakee Public Library, we know that stories have the ability to change a person and change the world by providing a window into someone else's lived experience. As an institution, we wish to voice our support for the Black Lives Matter movement and amplify Black voices, authors of Color, and the stories they have told. For titles including fact and fiction, poetry and picture books, each of which features Black voices and authors of Color, our library recommends these resources for all ages:

Picture Books (ages 0-8)

Young Adult (ages 13+)

I Am Enough by Grace Byers The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
Hands Up! by Breanna J. McDaniel Dear Martin by Nic Stone
The Breaking News by Sarah Lynne Reul Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi
Hey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins

Adult Books

Something Happened in Our Town Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Middle Grade (ages 9-12)

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism by Robin J. DiAngelo
Intersection Allies: We Make Room for All by Carolyn Choi The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

Documentaries and Movies

Blended by Sharon Draper Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes 13th
A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee If Beale Street Could Talk
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices forward by Ashley Bryan Do the Right Thing
This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell  

This list is by no means exhaustive and we encourage you to seek out other books and materials. Check out the resources below for some good places to start.