Book Lists

The book lists below are titles I use to prepare students to discuss themes that are relevant to the world they are inheriting: social justice, historical truths, anti-racism, empathy, relationships and diverse ways of knowing. In my Ethnic Studies classroom, I am purposely prioritizing authors who represent, and write about, their marginalized perspectives. Stories below are grouped into concepts and racialized categories for educators to find resources that match the needs of their curriculum. In racial categories, I include books centering people living in those regions of the world as well as people who are ethnically or ancestrally linked to those regions. When choosing texts, I ask myself, how does this book allow my students to critically engage with the world they are inheriting and inspire them to create positive change in their communities? 

African Diaspora

Anti-Rasist, Anti-Bias

Arab, Persian, South Asian

Asian, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander

Beginning School


Black History


Graphic Novels

Human Migration

Indigenous/Native American

Indigenous History

Intergenerational Relationships



Middle Grade

One School, One Book