Anti-Racist Audiobook Listening List for Children & Teens

This list of Penguin Random House audiobooks is not exhaustive; it is only a place to start. Click here to find anti-racist audiobook listening recommendations for adults.

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Author: Marina Budhos | Narrator: Farah Merani
Grades: 9-12
Release Date: October 25, 2022
When a teenage girl’s single mom is taken by ICE, everything changes—all of her hopes and dreams for the future have turned into survival.Seventeen-year-old Rania is shaken awake in her family's apartment in Brooklyn. ICE is at the door, ...
Author: David Treuer | Narrator: Fred Sanders
Grades: 9-12
Release Date: October 18, 2022
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee is a story of Native American resilience and reinvention, adapted for young adults from the adult nonfiction book of the same name.Since the late 1800s, it has been believed that Native American civilization has been wip...
Author: Carole Boston Weatherford | Narrator: Carole Boston Weatherford
Grades: K-3
Release Date: September 20, 2022
From an award-winning author comes a stunning and deeply moving book based on the popular spiritual "Standing in the Need of Prayer." The classic lyrics have been reworked to chronicle the milestones, struggles, tragedies, and triumphs of Africa...
Author: Isaac Blum | Narrator: Josh Bloomberg
Grades: 9-12
Release Date: September 13, 2022
LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD!The Chosen meets Adam Silvera in this irreverent and timely story of worlds colliding in friendship, betrayal, and hatred.Hoodie Rosen's life isn't that bad. Sure, his entire Orthodox Jewish community has just p...
Author: Shelia P. Moses | Narrator: Genesis Oliver
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: September 06, 2022
The powerful story of an eleven-year-old Black boy determined to stand up for his rights, who's pulled into the action of the 1963 civil rights demonstrations in Birmingham, Alabama.Rufus Jackson Jones is from Birmingham, the place Dr. Martin Luther ...
Author: Linda Williams Jackson | Narrator: Reginald James
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: April 12, 2022
Award-winning author Linda Williams Jackson pulls from her own childhood in the Mississippi Delta to tell the story of Ellis Earl, who dreams of a real house, food enough for the whole family—and to be someone.It’s 1967, and eleven-year-o...
Author: Who HQ and Kirsti Jewel | Narrator: Adenrele Ojo
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: April 05, 2022
Discover more about Juneteenth, the important holiday that celebrates the end of chattel slavery in the United States.On June 19, 1865, a group of enslaved men, women, and children in Texas gathered around a Union solder and listened as he read the m...
Author: Minda Harts | Narrator: Minda Harts and Chanté McCormick
Grades: 9-12
Release Date: April 05, 2022
“Every parent of a Black or brown girl should buy this book, read it to their child, and pass it along to the other parents in their circle.”—Evette Dionne, National Book Award longlisted and Coretta Scott King honor-winning author ...
Author: Megan Madison and Jessica Ralli | Narrator: Robin Miles
Grades: N/A
Release Date: March 16, 2021
Based on the research that race, gender, consent, and body positivity should be discussed with toddlers on up, this read-aloud board book series, now adapted for audio, offers adults the opportunity to begin important conversations with young childre...
Author: Jabari Asim, Dovey Johnson Roundtree and Katie McCabe | Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Grades: N/A
Release Date: December 15, 2020
A young reader's adaptation of Mighty Justice: My Life in Civil Rights, the memoir of activist and trailblazer Dovey Johnson Roundtree, by Katie McCabe.Raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the heart of Jim Crow, Dovey Johnson Roundtree felt the st...
Author: Sharon Draper | Narrator: Lisa Renee Pitts
Grades: 9-12
Release Date: November 24, 2020
Sylvia is shocked and confused when she is asked to be one of the first black students to attend Central High School, which is scheduled to be integrated in the fall of 1957, whether people like it or not. Before Sylvia makes her final decision, smol...
Author: Ruby Bridges | Narrator: Ruby Bridges
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: November 10, 2020
Inspired by the recent wave of activism led by young people fighting for racial justice, civil rights icon Ruby Bridges--who, at the age of six, was the first black child to integrate an all-white elementary school in New Orleans--shares her story an...