LOVE: Antiracist Book List

Antiracist Book List juicygreenmom

You cannot dismantle what you cannot see. You cannot challenge what you do not understand.

Layla F. Saad, me and white supremacy

My journey to becoming antiracist has been such an awakening. I’ve learned so much about myself and about the oppression of many BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour). And the more I read, the more I want to read more. I’m hoping that you’ve come to this post because you are ready to learn. That you know the pervasiveness of racism in our current society is killing people. And that you want this to change.

Create the change the world needs by creating change within yourself.

Layla F. Saad, me and white supremacy

This is not a comprehensive list by any means, but I hope you will treat it as a starting point. These are some of the books that have really resonated with me in the early parts of my journey.

Important Reads on Antiracism that EVERYONE should read

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Layla F. Saad’s book me and white supremacy truly changed my life. I first borrowed the audio book from my local library, and hearing her read her book was transformational. I then bought my own hard copy of it so that I could highlight and make notes in it. I refer to it so much because she explains concepts so well.

Me And White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change The World, And Become A Good Ancestor

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Me and White Supremacy: Young Readers’ Edition by Layla F. Saad

I was thrilled to find out that Layla F. Saad also released a Young Reader’s edition of her book! I got it for my daughter.

Me And White Supremacy: Young Readers' Edition

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How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

I first saw Ibram X. Kendi during an interview on The Late Night with Stephen Colbert – and everything he said resonated so strongly with me. His writing incorporates his own stories interwoven with teaching, and is truly compelling. I would consider How to Be An Antiracist a seminal book on antiracism.

There is no such thing as a not-racist idea, only racist ideas and anti-racist ideas.

Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be An Antiracist

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How To Be An Antiracist

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How to Raise An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

How to Raise An Antiracist is such an important book for parents, caregivers, educators, and anyone who has influence with young people. As a parent, and a health care professional working with young children, I found this book to be invaluable.

How To Raise An Antiracist

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Being antiracist IS a behaviour, not unlike the behaviours of impatience and patience, ingratitude and gratefulness, selfishness and self-sacrifice.

Ibram X. Kendi, How to Raise an Antiracist

The Racial Healing Handbook by Anneliese A. Singh

The Racial Healing Handbook has practical activities to help you learn about racism, as well as discover your own racial identity. It contains space for you to write your reflections in order to really delve into yourself.

The Racial Healing Handbook by Anneliese A. Singh Paperback | Indigo Chapters

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The Intersectional Environmentalist by Leah Thomas

This book by Leah Thomas, the founder of Intersectional Environmentalist, is a primer on how climate justice = racial justice = social justice.

The Intersectional Environmentalist: How To Dismantle Systems Of Oppression To Protect People + Planet

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How to be Less Stupid About Race by Crystal M. Fleming

This book really provides a no-nonsense perspective on the problem of covert racism in our society, sheds light on the real issues, and provides concrete steps for how to be “less stupid”. A really great book that touches on the big points and brings everything together.

How To Be Less Stupid About Race by Crystal Marie Fleming Paperback | Indigo Chapters

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Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence by Derald Wing Sue

This is a great book by a pioneer in the field of antiracism that summarizes a TON of research evidence about people engaging in difficult discussions on race. It also provides great information about how to make these conversations easier.

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Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race

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Voices and Stories of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour

Tell Me Who You Are by Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi

This book by 2 teen women of colour is a collection of stories from all across USA. They spent a year travelling across the country to speak to many people of colour – very cool!

Tell Me Who You Are: A Road Map For Cultivating Racial Literacy

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My Conversations with Canadians by Lee Maracle

Lee Maracle is a true pioneer as one of Canada’s most respected Indigenous voices. In My Conversations with Canadians, she truly makes you feel like you are sitting and talking with her. She answers so many important questions that settlers on Turtle Island have about past and present issues.

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My Conversations With Canadians

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Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga

I was so ignorant about the post-residential school era of Canada’s mistreatment of Indigenous youth until I read Seven Fallen Feathers. This book will prompt you to action.

Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City

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Highway of Tears by Jessica McDiarmid

I have to be honest – this is not a light read, but it is an incredibly important one. Reading stories of real Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada broke my heart and brought me to tears on many occasions. Any Canadian needs to read this book to become aware of the tragedies that continue to happen, and challenge our government and systems to demand change.

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Highway Of Tears: A True Story Of Racism, Indifference And The Pursuit Of Justice For Missing And Murdered Indigenous

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Policing Black Lives by Robyn Maynard

For a Canadian perspective on the history of Black enslavement and oppression, Policing Black Lives: State Violence In Canada From Slavery To The Present is an excellent resource.

Policing Black Lives: State Violence In Canada From Slavery To The Present

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Black & White by Stephen Dorsey

I feel like this book can perhaps be considered a Canadian version of How to Be An Antiracist. He shares his personal journey and experiences, research evidence, as well as the Canadian perspective on racism.

Black and White by Stephen Dorsey Paperback | Indigo Chapters

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Contesting White Supremacy by Timothy J. Stanley

This book opened my eyes to so much I didn’t know about the history of Chinese Canadians. It struck me deeply to learn about it, but it was so important for me to know.

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We Were Dreamers by Simu Liu

Yes, Simu Liu is the Marvel superhero Shang-Chi, but his book We Were Dreamers is a beautiful story of his parents’ life, and his experiences as a Chinese kid growing up in Canada. It’s not meant to be an educational book about antiracism. But in telling his story, and talking about how his growing fame led him to understand how he is a voice for Asian Canadians and Americans, he makes so many beautiful points about one’s journey in racial identity.

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We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story

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Books for Children

Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi

This picture book is such a beautiful way to introduce antiracism to your littles!

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Antiracist Baby Board Book

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With Our Orange Hearts by Phyllis Webstad

This book is written by Phyllis Webstad, the founder of Orange Shirt Day, and illustrated beautifully by Emily Kewageshig.

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Drawn Together by Minh Le

A truly beautiful visual story of connection beyond language and cultural differences.

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Drawn Together

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A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara

This book isn’t just about antiracism, it’s about activism against all forms of oppression.

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A Is For Activist

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What books would you add to this antiracist book list?

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