Best Civil & Human Rights Books for Young Adults

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1. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning

Author: by Jason Reynolds
320 pages

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The #1 New York Times bestseller and a USAToday bestseller! A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism-and antiracism-in AmericaThis is NOT a history book. This is a book about the here and now. A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.A book about race.

The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future.

It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited.

Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas-and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.

2. The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person

Author: by Frederick Joseph
272 pages

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The instant New York Times bestseller! Writing from the perspective of a friend, Frederick Joseph offers candid reflections on his own experiences with racism and conversations with prominent artists and activists about theirscreating an essential read for white people who are committed anti-racists and those newly come to the cause of racial justice.We don’t see color.

I didn’t know Black people liked Star Wars! What hood are you from? For Frederick Joseph, life as a transfer student in a largely white high school was full of wince-worthy moments that he often simply let go. As he grew older, however, he saw these as missed opportunities not only to stand up for himself, but to spread awareness to those white people who didn’t see the negative impact they were having.

Speaking directly to the reader, The Black Friend calls up race-related anecdotes from the author’s past, weaving in his thoughts on why they were hurtful and how he might handle things differently now. Each chapter features the voice of at least one artist or activist, including Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give; April Reign, creator of #OscarsSoWhite; Jemele Hill, sports journalist and podcast host; and eleven others.

3. We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World

Author: by Malala Yousafzai
224 pages

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In this powerful book, Nobel Peace Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author Malala Yousafzai introduces the people behind the statistics and news stories about the millions of people displaced worldwide. After her father was murdered, Maria escaped in the middle of the night with her mother.

Zaynab was out of school for two years as she fled war before landing in America. Her sister, Sabreen, survived a harrowing journey to Italy. Ajida escaped horrific violence, but then found herself battling the elements to keep her family safe.

Malala’s experiences visiting refugee camps caused her to reconsider her own displacement – first as an Internally Displaced Person when she was a young child in Pakistan, and then as an international activist who could travel anywhere in the world except to the home she loved.

In We Are Displaced, Malala not only explores her own story, but she also shares the personal stories of some of the incredible girls she has met on her journeys – girls who have lost their community, relatives, and often the only world they’ve ever known.

4. What Do You Stand For? For Teens: A Guide to Building Character

Author: by Barbara A. Lewis
Free Spirit Publishing
284 pages

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Young people need guidance from caring adults to build strong, positive character traitsbut they can also build their own. This book by the best-selling author of The Kid’s Guide to Social Action invites children and teens to explore and practice honesty, kindness, empathy, integrity, tolerance, patience, respect, and more.

Quotations and background information set the stage. Dilemmas challenge readers to think about, discuss, and debate positive traits. Activities invite them to explore what they stand for at school, at home, and in their communities. True stories profile real kids who exemplify positive traits; resources point the way toward character-building books, organizations, programs, and Web sites.

5. 39 Lessons for Black Boys & Girls

Author: by Kenn Bivins
120 pages

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39 Lessons for Black Boys & Girls is a series of affirmations and lessons that promote self-esteem, education, justice and wisdom among Black children. This book is also a great kick-starter for in-depth conversations about race with boys and girls of all ethnicities.

6. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

Author: by Phillip Hoose
Square Fish
160 pages

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“When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can’t sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, ‘This is not right.'” – Claudette Colvin On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager, fed up with the daily injustices of Jim Crow segregation, refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

Instead of being celebrated as Rosa Parks would be just nine months later, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin found herself shunned by her classmates and dismissed by community leaders. Undaunted, a year later she dared to challenge segregation again as a key plaintiff in Browder v.

Gayle, the landmark case that struck down the segregation laws of Montgomery and swept away the legal underpinnings of the Jim Crow South. Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history.

7. Banned Book Club

Author: by Kim Hyun Sook
Iron Circus Comics

‎ 192 pages

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A Junior Library Guild Selection “Highly recommended for readers passionate about activism.” SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, Starred Review “Sure to inspire today’s youthful generation of tenacious changemakers.” BOOKLIST, Starred Review “The messages of hope are universal.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, Starred Review “A timely read about friendship amid chaos.” NPR “It’s hard to imagine a world where Banned Book Club could be more relevant than it is right now.” A.V.

CLUB When Kim Hyun Sook started college in 1983 she was ready for her world to open up. After acing her exams and sort-of convincing her traditional mother that it was a good idea for a woman to go to college, she looked forward to soaking up the ideas of Western Literature far from the drudgery she was promised at her family’s restaurant.

But literature class would prove to be just the start of a massive turning point, still focused on reading but with life-or-death stakes she never could have imagined. This was during South Korea’s Fifth Republic, a military regime that entrenched its power through censorship, torture, and the murder of protestors.

8. From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement

Author: by Paula Yoo
384 pages

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A compelling account of the killing of Vincent Chin, the verdicts that took the Asian American community to the streets in protest, and the groundbreaking civil rights trial that followed. America in 1982: Japanese car companies are on the rise and believed to be putting U.S.

Autoworkers out of their jobs. AntiAsian American sentiment simmers, especially in Detroit. A bar fight turns fatal, leaving a Chinese American man, Vincent Chin, beaten to death at the hands of two white men, autoworker Ronald Ebens and his stepson, Michael Nitz.

Paula Yoo has crafted a searing examination of the killing and the trial and verdicts that followed. When Ebens and Nitz pled guilty to manslaughter and received only a $3,000 fine and three years’ probation, the lenient sentence sparked outrage. The protests that followed led to a federal civil rights trialthe first involving a crime against an Asian Americanand galvanized what came to be known as the Asian American movement.

Extensively researched from court transcripts, contemporary news accounts, and in-person interviews with key participants, From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry is a suspenseful, nuanced, and authoritative portrait of a pivotal moment in civil rights history, and a man who became a symbol against hatred and racism.

9. This Book Is Gay

Author: by Juno Dawson
Sourcebooks Fire
272 pages

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The bestselling young adult non-fiction book on sexuality and gender!Lesbian.Gay.Bisexual.Transgender.Queer.Straight.Curious. This book is for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference. This book is for anyone who’s ever dared to wonder. This book is for YOU.

There’s a long-running joke that, after “coming out,” a lesbian, gay guy, bisexual, or trans person should receive a membership card and instruction manual. THIS IS THAT INSTRUCTION MANUAL.You’re welcome. Inside you’ll find the answers to all the questions you ever wanted to ask, with topics like: Stereotypes the facts and fiction Coming out as LGBT Where to meet people like you The ins and outs of gay sex Stereotypes the facts and fiction How to flirt And so much more!

This candid, funny, and uncensored exploration of sexuality and what it’s like to grow up LGBTQ also includes real stories from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, not to mention hilarious illustrations. You will be entertained. You will be informed.

10. Black Girl, White School: Thriving, Surviving and No, You Can't Touch My Hair. an Anthology

Author: by Olivia V.G. Clarke (Editor)
122 pages

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#1 AMAZON NEW RELEASE & Amazon Bestseller in 7 Categories!”Remarkable anthology brims with solidarity for Black girls.” – (5 Stars) CommonSenseMedia. Org Listen to Black women and Black girls. Navigating predominantly white institutions (PWI) as a young Black girl provides amazing opportunities as well as challenging experiences.

The poems, anecdotes, and entries found in this book seek to provide support and guidance for Black girls in PWI’s and are written by Black girls and women who are current or past attendees of PWI’s. Hair, friendship, dating, motivation, information, racism, self-esteem – nothing is off limits.

Fans of Black Lives Matter books The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Dear Martin by Nic Stone, and The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo will love this non-fiction look at life as a Black girls in white schools by girls who have lived it.

This non-fiction book for kids and young adults is edited by Diversity, Equity and Inclusion activist and teen author Olivia V.G.Clarke. Selections from the following writers, poets and leaders: Gabrielle Clarke Marissa Glonek Yolanda Durden Soraya Patterson Lydia Patterson Aminah Aliu Tiara McKinney Tiia McKinney Makayla Terrell Ndeye Thioubou Sarah Holston Katie Quander Courtney Pascol McKenzie Stringer Gabby Anthony Ka’Isis Lee *Available Now: A matching journal for a writing space of your own!

11. The New Queer Conscience (Pocket Change Collective)

Author: by Adam Eli
64 pages

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Pocket Change Collective was born out of a need for space.Space to think.Space to connect. Space to be yourself. And this is your invitation to join us. “The new manifesto for how we as queer people could and should navigate the world.

It’s the holding hand I never had-but wish I did.”-Troye Sivan, Golden Globe nominated-singer, songwriter, and actor”With the persistence of queerphobia all around the world, this book is absolutely necessary, even vital.”-douard Louis, internationally bestselling author of History of Violence”To Eli’s credit, all of the rules are rooted in considerations of conscience and kindness and, if observed, will make abetter world-as will this book.”-Booklist, starred review”A must-read that highlights the importance of radical empathy, community building, and solidarity.”-School Library Journal, starred reviewIn The New Queer Conscience, LGBTQIA+ activist Adam Eli argues the urgent need for queer responsibility – that queers anywhere are responsible for queers everywhere.

12. Into the Streets: A Young Person's Visual History of Protest in the United States

Author: by Marke Bieschke
Zest Books ™
176 pages

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What does it mean to resist? Throughout our nation’s history, discrimination and unjust treatment of all kinds have prompted people to make their objections and outrage known. Some protests involve large groups of people, marching or holding signs with powerful slogans.

Others start with quotes or hashtags on social media that go viral and spur changes in behavior. People can make their voices heard in hundreds of different ways. Join author Marke Bieschke on this visual voyage of resistance through American history.

Discover the artwork, music, fashion, and creativity of the activists. Meet the leaders of the movements, and learn about the protests that helped to shape the United States from all sides of the political spectrum. Examples include key events from women’s suffrage, the civil rights movement, occupations by Indigenous people, LGBTQ demands for equality, Tea Party protests, Black Lives Matter protests, and more, including the George Floyd protests in the summer of 2020.

13. Taking on the Plastics Crisis (Pocket Change Collective)

Author: by Hannah Testa
64 pages

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Pocket Change Collective was born out of a need for space.Space to think.Space to connect. Space to be yourself. And this is your invitation to join us.”Taking on the Plastics Crisis delivers straightforward advise for getting involved in the global movement to eliminate single-use plastics.” – Booklist, Starred Review”Brief yet inspirational, this story will galvanize youth to use their voices for change.”-Kirkus Reviews”Taking on the Plastics Crisis is a sobering and inspiring read by a brilliant young change maker.

Now is the time for all of us to come together to solve the plastic pollution crisis.”-Ed Begley Jr. (actor and environmental activist)In this personal, moving essay, youth activist Hannah Testa shares with readers how she led a grassroots political campaign to successfully pass state legislation limiting single-use plastics and how she influenced global businesses to adopt more sustainable practices.

Through her personal journey, readers can learn how they, too, can follow in Hannah’s footsteps and lower their carbon footprint by simply refusing single-use plastics. Pocket Change Collective is a series of small books with big ideas from today’s leading activists and artists.

14. Imaginary Borders (Pocket Change Collective)

Author: by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
64 pages

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Pocket Change Collective was born out of a need for space.Space to think.Space to connect. Space to be yourself. And this is your invitation to join us.”It won’t take you long to read this book, but it will linger in your heart and head for quite a while, and perhaps inspire you to join in the creative, blossoming movement to make this world work.” – Bill McKibben, environmentalist, New York Times bestselling author of The End of Nature, journalist, and founder of 350.

Org”An inspiring story that will change the way all of us think about the climate crisis – and how we can solve it.” – Van Jones, New York Times bestselling author of The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream, and co-founder of Dream Corps”A hopeful, well-argued book on climate change written in a refreshing new voice.”- Kirkus Reviews, starred review”Martinez presents a meaningful, heartfelt call to action with content that reflects current issues.

Additionally, the book’s short length will appeal to reluctant readers. An essential purchase for any high school or public library.”- School Library Journal, starred reviewIn this personal, moving essay, environmental activist and hip-hop artist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez uses his art and his activism to show that climate change is a human issue that can’t be ignored.

15. The Little Book of Pride: The History, the People, the Parades

Author: by Lewis Laney
Dog n Bone (June 9, 2020)
144 pages

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Celebrate the LGTBQ community with this small but perfectly formed guide to Pride. What began as a protest for gay rights following the Stonewall riots of 1969 in New York has grown to become a global celebration of LGBTQ culture. In the 50-odd years since the original protest, and what is now widely accepted to be the first Pride marchChristopher Street Liberation Day, 1970Pride events are now attended by millions each year, celebrating how far we’ve come, recognizing where we have to go, and highlighting important causes in the queer community.

The Little Book of Pride proves that size definitely doesn’t matter by squeezing everything you need to know about Pride into 144 pages. Inside, you will find the history, the key people involved, the best Pride events around the world, inspirational quotes from famous queers, Pride facts, and a fun Pride survival guide.

16. Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave

Author: by Shyima Hall
240 pages

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An inspiring and compelling memoir from a young woman who lost her childhood to slaveryand built a new life grounded in determination and justice. When Shyima Hall was eight years old, her impoverished parents sold her to pay a debt.

Two years later, the wealthy family she was sold to moved to Orange County, California, and smuggled her with them. Shyima served the family eighteen hours a day, seven days a week until she was twelve. That’s when an anonymous call from a neighbor brought about the end of Shyima’s servitudebut her journey to true freedom was far from over.

A volunteer at her local police department since she was a teenager, Shyima is passionate about helping to rescue others who are in bondage. Now a US citizen, she regularly speaks out about human trafficking and intends to one day become an immigration officer.

In Hidden Girl, Shyima commands unfailing interest, sympathy, and respect (Publishers Weekly), candidly reveals how she overcame her harrowing circumstances, and brings vital awareness to a timely and relevant topic.