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Reading

List:

Teen

About this page

Teens ages 13-18 can "read woke" with this book list and additional social justice resources. To see our full list of diversity resources and to find links to reading lists for other age groups, click here.

This project was made possible by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

Reading List

Activism

  • The Voting Booth – Colbert, Brandy

  • Take the Mic – Morrow, Bethany C.


Asian Americans

  • Shine – Jung, Jessica

  • Dragon Pearl – Lee, Yoon Ha

  • Dragon Hoops – Yang, Gene Luen

  • Level Up – Yang, Gene Luen
     

African Americans

  • Clap When You Land – Acevedo, Elizabeth

  • Poet X – Acevedo, Elizabeth

  • With the Fire on High – Acevedo, Elizabeth

  • The Crossover – Alexander, Kwame

  • Solo – Alexander, Kwame

  • Hot Comb – Flowers, Ebony

  • This is My America – Johnson, Kim

  • How We Fight For Our Lives – Jones, Saeed

  • Riding Chance – Kendall, Christine

  • When They Call You A Terrorist – Khan-Cullors, Patrisse

  • Light It Up – Magoon, Kekla

  • Monster – Myers, Walter Dean

  • The Stars and the Blackness Between Them – Petrus, Junauda

  • Girls Like Us – Pink, Randi

  • The Black Kids – Reed, Christina Hammonds

  • Long Way Down – Reynolds, Jason

  • X – Shabazz, Ilyasah

  • Dear Martin – Stone, Nic

  • The Hate U Give – Thomas, Angie

  • On the Come Up – Thomas, Angie

  • How Dare the Sun Rise – Uwiringiyimana, Sandra

  • Genesis Begins Again – Williams, Alicia D.

  • Peace, Locomotion – Woodson, Jacqueline

  • American Street – Zoboi, Ibi Aanu

  • Black Enough – Zoboi, Ibi Aanu

  • Punching the Air – Zoboi, Ibi Aanu
     

Climate Change​​

  • It’s Your World – Clinton, Chelsea

  • Start Now – Clinton, Chelsea

  • No One is Too Small to Make a Difference – Thunburg, Greta


Disability

  • Last Bus to Everland – Cameron, Sophie

  • How We Roll – Friend, Natasha

  • This is My Brain in Love – Gergorio, I.W.

  • The Silence Between Us – Gervais, Alison

  • The Reason I Jump – Higashida, Naoki

  • Destroy All Monsters – Miller, Sam J.

  • The Oracle Code – Nijkamp, Marieke

  • Unbroken – Nijkamp, Marieke

  • Same But Different – Peete, Holly Robinson

  • Cursed – Silverstein, Carol Ruth

  • Wild and Crooked – Thomas, Leah
     

Indigenous People

  • This Place: 150 Years Revisited – Akiwenzie-Damm, Kateri

  • Undefeated – Sheinkin, Steve

  • Fire Starters – Storm, Je


Latinx

  • The Storm Runner – Cervantes, J.C.

  • The House on Mango Street – Cisneros, Sandra

  • Tigers, Not Daughters – Mabry, Samantha

  • Barely Missing Everything – Mendez, Matt

  • Patron Saints of Nothing – Ribay, Randy

  • The Grief Keeper – Villasante, Alexandra
     

LGBTQ+

  • The Black Flamingo – Atta, Dean

  • A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns – Bongiovanni, Archie

  • Kings, Queens, and In-betweens – Boteju, Tanya

  • Ziggy Stardust and Me – Brandon, James

  • This Book is Gay – Dawson, Juno

  • I Wish You All the Best – Deaver, Mason

  • The Last True Poet of the Sea – Drake, Julia

  • Pet – Emezi, Akwaeke

  • Brave Face – Hutchinson, Shaun David

  • The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried – Hutchinson, Shaun David

  • Being Jazz – Jennings, Jazz

  • The Music of What Happens – Konigsburg, Bill

  • Beyond Magenta – Kuklin, Susan

  • The Letter Q – Moon, Sarah

  • What If It’s Us – Silvera, Adam

  • The 57 Bus – Slater, Dashka

  • Honor Girl – Thrash, Maggie

  • On A Sunbeam – Walden, Tilli


Refugees/Immigration 

  • We Are Displaced – Yousafzai, Malala

  • We Are Not Free – Chee, Traci

  • They Called Us Enemy – Takei, George


South Asian Americans

  • Internment – Ahmed, Samira

  • Love, Hate, and Other Filters – Ahmed, Samira

  • Darius the Great is Not Okay – Khorram, Adib

  • Like A Love Story – Nazemian, Abdi

  • Amal Unbound – Saeed, Aisha

  • Tell Me How You Really Feel – Safi, Aminah Mae

For additional books addressing social justice issues, visit SocialJusticsBooks.org.

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