Sharon Draper’s Blended to compare multiple perspectives on navigating a racist society, and a school system rooted in white supremacy, as a mixed-race child.
Jason Reynolds’ and Brendan Kiley’s All American Boys, to consider how skin color and socialization can lead two people to see the same event very differently.
Alicia D. Williams’ Genesis Begins Again, to spark a conversation about colorism, stereotype threat, and possible mental health impacts of internalizing negative messaging about your skin.
Varian Johnson’s The Parker Inheritance, to explore the history of “passing”, the paper bag test, the one drop rule, and myriad other historical (and modern) acts of violence towards people with black and brown skin.
Sara Farizan’s Here to Stay, to get kids thinking about bias and prejudice in sports, and the message it sends with schools pretend not to notice discrimination on the court and in the locker room.
Or, read it on its own, and let the conversations unfold.
Have you read Jewell Parker Rhdodes’ Black Brother, Black Brother? Would you use any of these books in your classroom?