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: 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...
Author: Derrick Barnes | Narrator: Joshua David Scarlett
Grades: K-3
Release Date: September 01, 2020
An upbeat, empowering, important audiobook from the team that created the award-winning Crown: An Ode to the Fresh CutI ama nonstop ball of energy.Powerful and full of light.I am a go-getter. A difference maker. A leader.The confident Black narr...
Narrator: Feodor Chin, Michael Crouch, Janina Edwards, Nicole Lewis, Guy Lockard, James Fouhey, Lisa Renee Pitts and Omar Leyva
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: August 11, 2020
This powerful collection of short stories, essays, and poems is a call-to-action that invites all families to be anti-racist and advocates for change.Thirty diverse, award-winning authors and illustrators--including Renee Watson (Piecing Me Toge...
Author: Kim Johnson | Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Grades: 9-12
Release Date: July 28, 2020
"Incredible and searing." --Nic Stone, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear MartinThe Hate U Give meets Just Mercy in this unflinching yet uplifting first novel that explores the racist injustices in the American justice system.Every week, se...
Author: Ibram X. Kendi | Narrator: Guy Lockard and Shayna Small
Grades: N/A
Release Date: July 14, 2020
From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist comes a fresh new audiobook that empowers parents and children to uproot racism in our society and in ourselves, now w...
Author: Gail Herman and Who HQ | Narrator: Adenrele Ojo
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: December 03, 2019
The wife of Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King was a civil rights leader in her own right, playing a prominent role in the African American struggle for racial equality in the 1960s.Here's a gripping portrait of a smart, remarkable woman. Gro...