It should be obvious now that we ALL need to be having conversations with our children about anti racism and how unjustly Black people have been treated in America. This collection of fiction and nonfiction audiobooks from authors and/or narrators of color shows Black people as heroes of their own stories. These audiobooks are all perfect for family listening to spark important discussions about fairness in America, a concept which all children inherently understand.
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices edited by Wade Hudson, Cheryl Willis Hudson, foreword by Ashley Bryan, read by Bahni Turpin, Guy Lockard, N’Jameh Camara, Darrell Dennis, Kyla Garcia, Sullivan Jones, January LaVoy, Jennifer Lim, Soneela Nankani, Adenrele Ojo Penguin Audio, Ages 8+
This powerful anthology of essays, poems,and songs provides children with hope and courage when they’re confronted with injustice, racism and hate. The diverse narrators’ voices are filled with understanding, conviction, and heartfelt emotion.
Shay avoids trouble, but after attending a Black Lives Matter protest with her family, she begins to consider her African American identity and injustice around her in new ways. Tweens and families alike will be drawn into this affirming, thought-provoking audiobook.
Torrey Maldonado brings warmth and empathy to the narration of his novel about an urban, mixed-race sixth grader, Stephen. Caught between his best friend Dan and Dan’s racist cousin, Stephen is finding it difficult to navigate life amid his growing understanding of the racism around him.
Dion Graham delivers this narrative poetry with understated passion, giving dignity to Henry Brown’s story of escape from slavery by mailing himself to Philadelphia in a box. Graham transports listeners to a painful time in our history, blending a Southern accent with Weatherford’s hybrid of modern and period language.
Williams sensitively portrays 13-year-old Genesis’s deep hurt as she undergoes risky treatments to lighten her skin and soften her hair in the hope that she will someday be beautiful. Listeners feel her agony as she slowly begins to see herself differently and believe in her own worth.
Karen Chilton brings solemn dignity to the overlooked history of African American women’s fight for suffrage. Beginning with the start of the abolitionist movement in the 1830s and continuing to today, this audiobook demonstrates how African American women had to battle both sexism and racism in their quest for the right to vote.
Making sure their votes get counted leads two Black teens on a long and winding journey over the course of a single election day as they try to vote for the first time. This audiobook delivers a satisfying blend of character development and lessons about voter suppression, grief and activism.
Jason Reynolds wrote and narrated this young reader’s edition of Kendi’s Stamped From The Beginning. It is essential listening for teens, those who are raising them, and their teachers. Even with the intense subject, Reynolds speaks directly to listeners in an engaging style, compelling us to be critical thinkers and to take action. You can hear more about the audiobook from Reynolds himself on AudioFile’s podcast.
The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments were intended to guarantee civil rights to formerly enslaved people, but many states were systematically dismantling these rights. Shippy’s narration conveys anger over the segregationist legislation and the judicial renderings that allowed it. If this audiobook doesn’t offend your sense of justice, you’re not listening hard enough.
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