THE CONVERSATION MUST BEGIN

"Our race-influenced culture not only exists, it thrives.  The question is whether it thrives as a virus or a bountiful harvest of possiblities." The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations of Toni Morrison (Goodby to All That: Race, Surrogacy, and Farewell) page 335

These times demand us to have conversations - truly tell and listen -  parents with children of all ages, children with children, adults with adults, neighbors with each other, stangers with strangers, and then they demand so much more than conversation.  We have put together some books that may help with the beginning of those conversations that then must lead to action. . .

Here are some books which we humbly offer as a starting point for the most important conversations that must begin and continue among families, friends, neighbors, strangers, customers, co-workers, care-givers, responders . . . ALL PEOPLE OF ALL RACES, NATIONALITIES, CREEDS, CITIES, TOWNS, AGES, STORIES, BELIEFS, VOCATIONS, IDENTITIES . . .

              

 

 

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Raising Our Hands: How White Women Can Stop Avoiding Hard Conversations, Start Accepting Responsibility, and Find Our Place on the New Frontlines By Jenna Arnold Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781950665075
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Published: BenBella Books - June 23rd, 2020

Pet By Akwaeke Emezi Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525647072
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Published: Make Me a World - September 10th, 2019

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March By Lynda Blackmon Lowery, Elspeth Leacock (With), Susan Buckley (With), PJ Loughran (Illustrator) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147512161
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Published: Speak - December 27th, 2016

Hana's Suitcase: The Quest to Solve a Holocaust Mystery By Karen Levine Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781101933497
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 5th, 2016

Unstoppable: How Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Defeated Army (Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books) By Art Coulson, Nick Hardcastle (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Art Coulson, Nick Hardcastle (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781543504064
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Capstone Editions - August 1st, 2018

The Day You Begin By Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399246531
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2018

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) By Vashti Harrison Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316475112
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 5th, 2017

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat By Javaka Steptoe Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316213882
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 25th, 2016

Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of the Sudan (Coretta Scott King Honor - Illustrator Honor Title) By Mary Williams, R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781584302322
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Published: Lee & Low Books - April 1st, 2013

Ruby, Head High: Ruby Bridge's First Day of School By Irene Cohen-Janca Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781568463414
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Published: Creative Editions - January 8th, 2019

Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from World War II to Peace By Ashley Bryan, Ashley Bryan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ashley Bryan, Ashley Bryan (Illustrator)
$21.99
ISBN: 9781534404908
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 15th, 2019

Baseball Saved Us By Ken Mochizuki, Dom Lee (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ken Mochizuki, Dom Lee (Illustrator)
$8.95
ISBN: 9781880000199
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Published: Lee & Low Books - October 16th, 2018

Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story By Ken Mochizuki, Dom Lee (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ken Mochizuki, Dom Lee (Illustrator)
$10.95
ISBN: 9781584301578
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Lee & Low Books - May 1st, 1997

Fred Korematsu Speaks Up By Laura Atkins, Stan Yogi, Yutaka Houlette (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781597143684
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Published: Heyday Books - January 30th, 2017

Ron's Big Mission By Rose Blue, Corinne Naden, Don Tate (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rose Blue, Corinne Naden, Don Tate (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525478492
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 22nd, 2009

Momma, Did You Hear the News? By Kim Holt (Illustrator), Sanya Whittaker Gragg Msw Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781542332538
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - April 12th, 2017

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker (Illustrated Biographies by Chronicle Books) By Patricia Hruby Powell, Christian Robinson (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452103143
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - January 14th, 2014

The Crossover (The Crossover Series) By Kwame Alexander, Dawud Anyabwile (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Dawud Anyabwile (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780544935204
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Published: Clarion Books - March 5th, 2019

All American Boys By Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781481463348
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

Long Way Down By Jason Reynolds Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781481438261
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 2nd, 2019

Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers By Tanya Lee Stone Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763665487
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Published: Candlewick - October 8th, 2013

Unstoppable: How Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Defeated Army (Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books) By Art Coulson, Nick Hardcastle (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Art Coulson, Nick Hardcastle (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781543504064
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Capstone Editions - August 1st, 2018

Brown Girl Dreaming By Jacqueline Woodson Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147515827
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 11th, 2016

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481438285
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 8th, 2019

The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525562795
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Published: Vintage - January 14th, 2020

The Toni Morrison Book Club By Juda Bennett, Winnifred Brown-Glaude, Casssandra Jackson, Piper Kendrix Williams Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780299324940
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - February 4th, 2020

Beloved (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400033416
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Sula (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781400033430
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Black Boy By Richard Wright, John Edgar Wideman (Foreword by), Malcolm Wright (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Richard Wright, John Edgar Wideman (Foreword by), Malcolm Wright (Afterword by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061130243
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - March 27th, 2007

On the Come Up By Angie Thomas Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498564
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 5th, 2019

The Autobiography of Malcolm X By MALCOLM X, Alex Haley (With) Cover Image
By MALCOLM X, Alex Haley (With)
$19.00
ISBN: 9780345376718
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - January 15th, 1992

The Freedom Summer Murders By Don Mitchell Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781338115895
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - October 25th, 2016

My Mother the Cheerleader By Robert Sharenow Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780061148989
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 27th, 2009

Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case By Chris Crowe Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780451478726
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Published: Speak - January 9th, 2018

All Kinds of Children By Norma Simon, Diane Paterson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Norma Simon, Diane Paterson (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780807502815
Availability: Backordered; Unknown Availability Date
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - January 1st, 1999

Whoever You Are By Mem Fox, Leslie Staub (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mem Fox, Leslie Staub (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780152164065
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Published: Clarion Books - August 1st, 2001

A Rainbow of Friends By P. K. Hallinan Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780824955199
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Published: WorthyKids - October 13th, 2005