Reading Lists

Finding Your Voice, Speaking Truth to Power

The Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation program part of ALA’s Great Stories Club grant explores questions of race, equity, identity, history and supports racial healing sessions with participating libraries and their community partners and their young teen readers

Finding Your Voice, Speaking Truth to Power  book series was curated by Susana M. Morris, Associate Professor of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Anti-Racist Middle Grade Books

These books engage young readers in conversations about racism, discrimination, and systems of oppression. Inspired by this list from BookRiot.


Read Woke

A Read Woke book challenges a social norm, gives a voice to the voiceless, provides information about a group that has been disenfranchised, seeks to challenge the status quo, and has a protagonist from an underrepresented or oppressed group. Read Woke was started by Cicely Lewis, a Gwinnett County media specialist.


ProjectLIT 2020 - 2021

A grassroots literacy movement empowering readers and leaders in hundreds of schools and communities around the world. Founded by Dr. Amato and Maplewood HS (Nashville, TN) students in 2016. Follow @projectLITcomm on IG/Twitter for more info.


Georgia Peach Award 2020 - 2021

Each year, a committee of school and public librarians reads widely to choose a list of twenty nominated titles. Then young adults choose books from among that list to read and rate. The books that earn the highest number of readers and ratings become the Peach Book and Honor Books. Learn more at


YALSA 2020 Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Young Adults

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year!