There are some great new children’s books that address race, policing and justice. Let’s start first with some affirming picture books that emphasize the message: Your life matters.
Next, let’s look at chapter books for some older readers. These are two recent chapter books that acknowledge it can be risky just to be an African American boy.
These next two chapter books address interactions with the police more directly, and they have both been in high demand.
There are also two chapter books in which an African American boy looks up to his dad, who is a police detective. However, I don’t see them currently available as eBooks or in the Pinnacle system. The Spray-Paint Mystery and The Case of the Missing Trophy by Angela Shelf Medearis are good choices for younger mystery fans.
While most recent juvenile fiction that touches on police has African American children as the main characters, Sunnyside Plaza is an exception.
There are also chapter books that feature African Americans seeking justice, sometimes through the Black Lives Matter movement.
Most of the library’s nonfiction books addressing the Black Lives Matter movement are for teens or adults, but there are some recent titles for children.
If you don’t see what you’re looking for, new books are being published all the time. This one is coming soon to our library.