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A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream

Dempsey, Kristy (Author)
Cooper, Floyd (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: 1950s, African Americans, ballerinas, ballet, dance, determination, inspiration, Janet Collins, overcoming adversity, perseverance, racism
 
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When Morning Comes

Raina, Arushi (Author)
Tradewind Books 2016. 232 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: 1970s, activism, apartheid, first-person narration, multiple voices, protest movements, racism, school life, socio-economic disparity, South Africa, Soweto
 
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The Chinese Head Tax and Anti-Chinese Immigration Policies in the Twentieth Century

Chan, Arlene (Author)
Lorimer 2014. 96 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Canadian history, Canadian Pacific Railway, Chinese Canadians, Chinese labourers, discrimination, Exclusion Act, human rights, illustrations (photographs), immigrants, primary documents, racism, railroads, taxation, War Measures Act
 
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The Hate U Give

Thomas, Angie (Author)
HarperCollins 2017. 458 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: African Americans, city life, empowerment, family life, first-person narration, friendship, gangs, healing, police, racial profiling, racism, riots, romantic relationships, social justice, tragedy
 
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March: Book Two

Lewis, John (Author)
Aydin, Andrew (Author)
Powell, Nate (Illustrator)
Top Shelf Productions 2015. 192 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: African Americans, American history, civil rights, illustrations (black and white), John Lewis, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., memoir, peaceful protests, racism, segregation, sequels
 
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My Name Is Bilal

Mobin-Uddin, Asma (Author)
Kiwak, Barbara (Illustrator)
Boyds Mills Press 2005. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Bullying, cultures, identity, Islam, new students, prejudice, racism, religions, school life, self-acceptance
 
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Behind You

Woodson, Jacqueline (Author)
Penguin Random House 2010. 128 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Afterlife, death, discrimination, diversity, friendship, grief, LGBTQ, multiple narrators, racism, romantic relationships
 
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The Silence of Our Friends: The Civil Rights Struggle Was Never Black and White

Long, Mark (Author)
Demonakos, Jim (Author)
Powell, Nate (Illustrator)
Macmillan 2012. 202 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: African Americans, American history, brothers and sisters, civil rights, friendship, illustrations (monochrome), Mark Long, memoir, racism, segregation, social justice
 
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Chains

Anderson, Laurie Halse (Author)
Simon & Schuster 2010. 320 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: American Civil War, equality, freedom, historical fiction, justice, overcoming adversity, prisoners, racism, revolution, slavery, United States
 
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Noughts & Crosses: The Graphic Novel Adaptation

Blackman, Malorie (Author)
Edginton, Ian (Author)
Aggs, John (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2015. 208 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Adaptations, dystopia, economic disparity, families, fantasy, first romantic relationships, illustrations (monochrome), racism, relationships
 
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March: Book One

Lewis, John (Author)
Aydin, Andrew (Author)
Powell, Nate (Illustrator)
Top Shelf Productions 2013. 128 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: African Americans, American history, civil rights, illustrations (monochrome), John Lewis, memoir, peaceful protests, racism, segregation
 
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It’s Not All Black and White: Multiracial Youth Speak Out

St. Stephen's Community House (Group)
Annick Press 2012. 120 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Adolescent authors, community, racism, self-esteem, social justice, stereotypes, youth
 
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The Story of Ruby Bridges

Coles, Robert (Author)
Ford, George (Illustrator)
Scholastic 2010. 32 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Black history, children’s rights, civil rights, forgiveness, racism, Ruby Bridges, school life
 
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I and I: Bob Marley

Medina, Tony (Author)
Watson, Jesse Joshua (Illustrator)
Lee & Low Books 2013. 48 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Bob Marley, Caribbean, Jamaica, musicians, poetry, racism
 
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Sister Anne’s Hands

Lorbiecki, Marybeth (Author)
Popp, Wendy (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2000. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Acceptance, differences, prejudice, racism, students, teachers
 
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A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis

de la Peña, Matt (Author)
Nelson, Kadir (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2013. 40 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: African Americans, boxing, heroes, Joe Louis, overcoming adversity, racism, sports, World War II
 
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Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged!

Warner, Jody Nyasha (Author)
Rudnicki, Richard (Illustrator)
Groundwood Books 2010. 32 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: African Canadians, equality, human rights, Nova Scotia, overcoming adversity, racism, segregation, Viola Desmond
 
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