Stories Matter Schools

In Fall 2020, we will roll out our Stories Matter Schools project. We have curated a list of books for Elementary, Middle, and High Schools that tackle the subject of race in America through the lens of Black history and experience and themes of anti-racism. We are excited to work with librarians at our pilot schools: Beaufort Elementary, Campbellton Elementary, Franklin County R-II, Strain-Japan, Union Middle School, and Washington High School. Through fundraising and the generosity of our partner, Neighborhood Reads, each school will be provided with sets of books for their libraries.

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The Books


Let’s Talk About Race
Julius Lester
Hair Love
Matthew A. Cherry
Skin Again
bell hooks
We’re Different, We’re the Same
Bobbi Kates
Shades of People
Sheila M. Kelly
Brick by Brick
Charles R. Smith
The Youngest Marcher
Cynthia Levinson
Freedom Summer
Deborah Wiles
Something Happened in Our Town
Marianne Celano
We March
Shane W. Evans
My People
Langston Hughes
Ron’s Big Mission
Rose Blue
Frederick Douglass
Walter Dean Myers
A Sweet Smell of Roses
Angela Johnson
Let it Shine
Andrea Davis Pinkney
Brown Girl Dreaming
Jacqueline Woodson

Upper Elementary/Middle

Piecing Me Together
Renee Watson
Ghost Boys
Jewell Parker Rhodes
The Crossover (Trilogy)
Kwame Alexander
This Book Is Anti-Racist
Tiffany Jewell
Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
March (Trilogy)
John Lewis
All American Boys
Jason Reynolds
Loving vs. Virginia
Patricia Hruby Powell

High School

The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas
Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
March (Trilogy)
John Lewis
So You Want to Talk About Race
Ijeoma Oluo
Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou
The Fire Next Time
James Baldwin
Toni Morrison

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