Read, Listen, Watch: A List of Recommendations for Advocates & Allies Who Care About Kids

Are you looking for a meaningful summer read or an informative but entertaining film or podcast? Here are some titles that inspire and inform our work.

In the courts and through our advocacy, Children’s Rights is building a movement to end our nation’s indifference to children’s human and civil rights. The first step to combatting these harms is to fully understand them and recognize the role we each can play in making change happen.

Children’s Rights staff thoughtfully curated a list of recommendations for your learning journey as advocates for social justice. This list offers entertainment and insights into the most critical and emerging issues affecting our children and families today. Gain a better understanding of the injustice of poverty in America, the history and impact of discrimination, racism, and more.

This is not an all-inclusive, definitive list, but we hope you find something that speaks to you.

Join the human rights movement for kids and stand up for children’s rights.

It’s time we join together against human rights violations and fight for kids’ safety and well-being.

Books

Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis

Are Prisons Obsolete?
by Angela Y. Davis

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Beloved
by Toni Morrison

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Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
by Isabel Wilkerson

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Confronting the Racist Legacy of the American Child Welfare System: The Case for Abolition by Alan J. Dettlaff

Confronting the Racist Legacy of the American Child Welfare System: The Case for Abolition
by Alan J. Dettlaff

Coming Soon: August 2023

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Days of Grace: A Memoir by Arthur Ashe and Arnold Rampersad

Days of Grace: A Memoir
by Arthur Ashe and Arnold Rampersad

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Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
by Matthew Desmond

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Investigating Families: Motherhood in the Shadow of Child Protective Services
by Kelley Fong

Coming Soon: Oct 2023

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Invisible Child- Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City by Andrea Elliott

Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City
by Andrea Elliott

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Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng

Our Missing Hearts
by Celeste Ng

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Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx
by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

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Stamped From the Beginning: A Graphic History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped From the Beginning: A Graphic History of Racist Ideas in America
by Ibram X. Kendi

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Taking Children: A History of American Terror by Laura Briggs

Taking Children: A History of American Terror
by Laura Briggs

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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
by Richard Rothstein

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The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The Fire Next Time
by James Baldwin

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The Forgotten Child: The powerful true story of a boy abandoned as a baby and left to die by Richard Gallear

The Forgotten Child: The powerful true story of a boy abandoned as a baby and left to die
by Richard Gallear

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

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The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon Reed

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
by Annette Gordon Reed

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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander

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The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth by Kristin Henning

The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth
by Kristin Henning

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The Talk by Darrin Bell

The Talk
by Darrin Bell

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Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families--and How Abolition Can Build a Safer World by Dorothy Roberts

Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families–and How Abolition Can Build a Safer World
by Dorothy Roberts

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Unequal: A Story of America By Michael Eric Dyson

Unequal: A Story of America
by Michael Eric Dyson

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We Do This 'Til We Free Us by Mariame Kaba

We Do This ‘Til We Free Us
by Mariame Kaba

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We Were Once a Family by Roxanna Asgarian

We Were Once a Family: A Story of Love, Death, and Child Removal in America
by Roxanna Asgarian

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Podcasts

Diaries of a Black Girl in Foster Care

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How is that Legal?

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Liberated Voice Exchange

Liberated Voice Exchange

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The Activist Files

The Activist Files

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This Land

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You're Wrong About Podcast

You’re Wrong About

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TV Shows, Movies, & Documentaries

A Thousand and One

A Thousand and One

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Earth Mama

Earth Mama

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High on the Hog

High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America

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I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro

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Taking Care of Maya

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The 1619 Project

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When They See Us

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