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History Of Juneteenth
Juneteenth is a celebration that commemorates African American freedom and the official emancipation of enslaved peoples in the United States of America. For more information PBS has an excellent history and explaination of the Juneteenth Celebration.

Juneteenth Ebooks Available Through

Talking to Kids About Race
This collection or children's materials on race is free and available for download from Hoopla (Library District residents only)

Anti-Racism Materials from Overdrive/Libby
Browse, Reserve or Borrow and download these titles instantly from our digital service, Libby/Overdrive

Inclusive and Diverse Children's Booklist
A look at over 50 titles from across our library collections. This list looks at our entire juvenille collection from picture books to Middle Grade chapterbooks. You can Browse, Reserve, Borrow, or Download these titles today.  Find the list at Children's reads Represent!

Inclusive and Diverse Young Adult Booklist
A look at 50 YA titles from across our library collections. Whether you prefer Libby/Overdrive, Hoopla, or having a book in your hands you can Browse, Reserve, Borrow, or Download these titles today.  Find the list at YA reads Represent!


Unity and Justice Booklist
This book list was created by the Association of Library Service to Children
to share the message of creating unity, acting with kindness towards others, and promoting peace. ALSC’s core purpose is creating a better future for children through libraries through the core values of collaboration, excellence, inclusiveness, innovation, integrity and respect, leadership, and responsiveness.

Black Experiences: Affirmation and Resilence Booklist

This booklist was created by the Cooperative Children's Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Education. The Cooperative Children's Book Center chose this books from among tittles recommended for their annual best-of-the-year list emphasizing books by Black Creators.

Black Experiences: Affirmation and Resilience, Activism and Resistance in 45 Books for PreK-Grade 12


Race and Racism: Selected Books for PreK-Grade12 Booklist

This list features both historical books (set in the past) and books set in the present day. Understanding history is critical to understanding racism; it is also critical to acknowledge and discuss the realities of racism and the ongoing legacy of systemic racism today.

Race and Racism: Selected Books for PreK-Grade 12


Social Justice Ebooks Available Through

The Importance of Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for Children from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). This paper explores the critical role libraries play in helping children make cross-cultural connections and develop skills necessary to function in a culturally pluralistic society.

American Library Association Book awards for promoting diversity:

  • Coretta Scott King Book Awards
    Given to African American authors and illustrator for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions, the Coretta Scott King Book Award titles promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream of a pluralistic society.
  • Pura Belpré Award
    The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
  • Schneider Family Book Award
    The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.
  • Stonewall Book Awards
    The Stonewall Book Awards are the first and most enduring award for LGBTQ+ books.