Anti-Racism Reading Lists

Many of our library patrons have expressed an interest in reading books about racism and how to be anti-racist. Here are some suggested reading lists from librarians in Wisconsin and around the country. Find something you’re interested in reading? Many of these titles are owned at the Mercer Library or can be requested through our Merlin Library Catalog.

Wisconsin’s Digital Library Anti-Racism Reading list

Several titles in this collection are included as “always-available” courtesy of Overdrive’s Black Lives Matter Community Read program:

See the whole list on the Wisconsin Digital Library Anti-Racism Reading List collection.

Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) “Black Experiences” book list

The CCBC is a division of the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison and serves as a resource for librarians and school libraries around the state when talking about children’s books. They’ve recently released a reading list of recommended books for children and teens addressing systemic racism, Black Experiences: Affirmation and Resilience, Activism and Resistance in 45 Books for PreK-Grade 12.

Other book lists for young readers

Other book lists for adults