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40+ Books for AntiRacist Teachers – White Fragiles Beware! (2022 update)

Ok, so you want to start a book club and you want to talk about race. And it’s a pandemic so you have plenty of time. But which books do you read? And how do you make sure you aren’t falling victim to white fragility? Check out these 40+ books for anti-racist educators!

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Inspired by White Fragility

I was inspired by a recent teacher book list (there are so many), that were supposed to “change your life.” But that shit was whiter than the Andy Griffith show.

Sorry, but that will NOT change your world.

Lots of books will make you feel comfortable with your whiteness and whiteness in general, even for people of color. Authors have been sparing your feelings and treating you like porcelain, but it’s time to let the bull loose in the proverbial china shop. White fragility needs to take a back seat. Fall back Karen. It’s time to talk about dismantling white supremacy culture and bringing folks of color (the global majority) to the center.

Culturally responsive leaders, we are trying to change your mindset, so your actions change. If that happens, we might actually change the world for students of color and finally close the opportunity gap.

With hate crimes on the rise, police murders of black people, and Karen’s on the attack, not to mention mass shootings and our current conservative politics, there is NO time to waste.

Scholar Chris Emdin, in his dope book For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood, writes, “The work for white folks who teach in urban schools, then, is to unpack their privilege and excavate the institutional, societal, and personal histories they bring with them when they come to the Hood.” People of Color have to decolonize their minds as well, because we have been socialized to dehumanize as well. Change starts with the right books.

Check these out!


43 AntiRacist Books for Educators

  1. We Want to Do More Than Survive by Bettina Love
  2. Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zaretta Hammond (here’s what I learned about leading CRT)
  3. Pushout by Monique Morris
  4. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  5. Born Out Of Struggle by David Stovall
  6. How We Fight White Supremacy by Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin 
  7. Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools by Howard Stevenson
  8. Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
  9. Multiplication is for White People by Lisa Delpit
  10. How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram Kendi
  11. Courageous Conversations about Race by Glenn Singleton
  12. For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood by Chris Emdin
  13. Dreamkeepers by Gloria Ladson Billings
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  14. Everyday Anti-Racism by Mica Pollock
  15. Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Tatum
  16. White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (here’s my 4 part review)
  17. Subtractive Schooling by Angela Valenzuela
  18. Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching by Sharroky Hollie
  19. Blind Spot by Banaji & Greenwald
  20. The Trouble with Black Boys by Pedro Noguera
  21. Whistling Vivaldi by Claude Steele
  22. Faces at the Bottom of the Well by Derek Bell
  23. Cultivating Genius by Gholdy Muhammad
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  24. Black Appetite. White Food. by Jamila Lyiscott
  25. Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies by Paris & Alim
  26. The Art of Critical Pedagogy by Jeff Duncan-Andrade
  27. En Comunidad by Carla España and Luz Yadira
  28. This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell
  29. Culturally Responsive Teaching by Geneva Gay
  30. Black Youth Rising by Shawn Ginwright
  31. Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
  32. An African American and Latinx History of the United States by
  33. Write Rage by Carol Anderson
  34. Between the World and Me by Ta Nehisi Coates
  35. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  36. The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys by Moore, Michel & Penick-Parks
  37. Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
  38. Hope and Healing in Urban Education by Shawn Ginwright
  39. Teaching Truly by Four Arrows
  40. Transformative Ethnic Studies in Schools
  41. Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks
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  42. Not Light, But Fire by Matthew R. Kay
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  43. Ghosts in the Schoolyard by Eve Ewing


Reflection Questions

Regardless of what you read, there are some critical questions to consider while you read and as you think about taking action:

  • What does this have to do with me?
  • How could I explain these concepts to my students?
  • What emotions are conjured up as I read? What’s that about?
  • What can I change about my practice, curricula, relationships, and policies?
  • How can I use this to center my teaching on my most marginalized students?
  • How do I take this beyond the grad school pontification and theorizing?
  • How does this connect with previous things I’ve learned?
  • How much more is there to learn?
  • Who can I share this with?
  • Can I form a racial affinity group?
  • How can I lead my colleagues in taking up this work?

Conclusions – Book Clubs are Like Free Grad School

Educators want to be treated as professionals, up to date with the latest research. We want to be in control of our continued learning, and we want to connect with others. This is why book clubs are so powerful. By the way, leaders, they can and should be teacher-led. It helps to have someone who is remotely familiar with the topic, but you can get by if everyone is exploring too.

Book Clubs are collaborative, help to co-construct knowledge, and build community.

Oxytocin, collectivism, and lots of chew time.

Sounds like they are culturally responsive teaching too. It’s good practice for kids too! The groups can be big or small. Teacher Librarians are great at spearheading these. Your districts might even give educators extra hours for attending a book club. The point of the book club is to talk, and you can either make it comfortable or be comfortable with discomfort. You will need some norms, protocols, and some sort of an agenda.

Good luck culturally responsive (anti-racist) leaders!

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Other Lists:

Here’s my list from last last summer and my leadership starter list.

Ibram Kendi’s Book List


Cult of Pedagogy List


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