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Social Justice Reading Lists

A series of reading lists created by our Adult, Youth, and Teen Librarians. Stay tuned for more lists of diverse reads and books on topics of social justice.


Workers’ Rights

We hope these selections serve to educate and encourage a dialogue around worker’s rights and the labor movement both here in the United States and around the world.


Advocacy & Activists

We hope these selections serve to educate and encourage a dialogue around advocacy, activism and allyship in relation to social justice issues.


LGBTQ+ Voices and Experiences

Celebrate Pride Month with books highlighting LGBTQ+ characters, experiences, histories, and voices. We hope these selections serve to educate and encourage a dialogue on topics of gender and sexuality from the personal to political, introduce readers to LGBTQ+ authors, and celebrate the joyful diversity of identities, families, and relationships.


Asian and Pacific Islander Voices

We hope these selections serve to spotlight #ownvoices stories by authors of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage, introduce readers to diverse writers and perspectives, and educate and encourage a dialogue on topics of racial justice in AAPI communities.


A collage of teen book covers, themed around Women's History Month

Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ve selected titles focusing on the lives of women and girls throughout the past and into the present day. We hope these selections serve to educate and encourage a dialogue on topics of women’s history, rights, and stories.


A collage of children's book covers, themed around Black History Month

Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month with books by Black authors and writing focusing on Black characters, history, and culture. We hope these selections serve to educate and encourage a dialogue on topics of Black history and experiences, as well as highlight authors and stories from a variety of genres.


A collage of teen book covers, themed around human rights

Human Rights

We hope these selections serve to educate and encourage a dialogue on human rights, which are needs and freedoms considered essential to human flourishing, such as the right to education and the right to equality before the law without discrimination. These books highlight people and communities working, protesting, and fighting for human rights—some in our communities and others around the globe, in the past and continuing today.


A collage of adult book covers, themed around disability and neurodiversity

Disability and Neurodiversity

We hope these selections serve to educate, entertain, amplify disabled voices, and encourage a dialogue on topics of disability and neurodiversity.


A collage of children's book covers, themed around Native characters, authors, and nations

Native Nations

We hope these selections serve to educate, celebrate, and encourage dialogue on the diverse nations, cultures, and experiences of Native peoples throughout North America. Celebrate Native American Heritage Month—and continue reading all year long—with nonfiction and fiction, from remembered histories to imagined futures, by Native authors.


A collage of teen book covers, themed around voting and elections

Voting & Elections

We hope these selections serve to educate and encourage a dialogue on topics of voting in the US, from ongoing fights for equal voting rights and fair elections to the inner workings of our electoral processes.


Race, Racism, and Black Lives

We hope these selections serve to educate and encourage a dialogue—with readers of all ages—on topics of racial justice, particularly centering Black lives, voices, and communities.


Own Voices

The #ownvoices hashtag was created by author Corinne Duyvis to spotlight books about characters with marginalized identities created by authors who share the same marginalized identity (or identities). The character and creator may share a common disability, sexuality, gender identity, race, immigration status, or other identity. We hope these selections serve to educate and encourage a dialogue on topics of representation, as well as provide a starting point for readers seeking stories written from an “own voices” perspective.


Immigrant and Refugee Experiences

We hope these selections serve to educate and encourage a dialogue on topics of immigration and displacement, as well as spotlight immigrant and refugee experiences from a variety of places, perspectives, and backgrounds.


Mass Incarceration

We hope these selections serve to educate and encourage a dialogue on topics of incarceration and the impact of mass incarceration on individuals, families, and communities.

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