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: 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...
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...
Author: Kwame Mbalia | Narrator: Amir Abdullah
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Kwame Mbalia's epic fantasy, a middle grade American Gods set in a richly-imagined world populated with African American folk heroes and West African gods.Seventh grader Tristan Strong feels anything but stro...
Author: Ibi Zoboi | Narrator: Ibi Zoboi
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: August 27, 2019
National Book Award-finalist Ibi Zoboi makes her middle-grade debut with a moving story of a girl finding her place in a world that's changing at warp speed.Twelve-year-old Ebony-Grace Norfleet has lived with her beloved grandfather Jeremiah in Hunts...
Author: Mariama Lockington | Narrator: Imani Parks
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: July 30, 2019
I am a girl but most days I feel like a question mark.Makeda June Kirkland is eleven-years-old, adopted, and black. Her parents and big sister are white, and even though she loves her family very much, Makeda often feels left out. When Makeda's famil...
Author: Derrick Barnes | Narrator: Sullivan Jones
Grades: N/A
Release Date: July 02, 2019
A confident little boy takes pride in his first day of kindergarten, by the Newbery Honor-winning author of Crown.The morning sun blares through your window like a million brass trumpets.It sits and shines behind your head--like a crown. Mommy s...
Author: Bonnie Bader | Narrator: Peter Jay Fernandez
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: January 29, 2019
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was only 25 when he helped organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was soon organizing black people across the country in support of the right to vote, desegregation, and other basic civil rights. Maintaining nonviolent an...