Listening and Learning
Southridge School

Last week we paused all content on our social media channels to listen, learn, and reflect on the topics of racism and equality. We realize a single gesture on social media will not create change. The roots of change begin with education; with compassion and empathy for others; with self-examination, with asking hard questions, and with acknowledging that we can do better.  

With this in mind, we have collaborated with our librarians, counsellors, and faculty to compile a list of resources to deepen our understanding of racism, promote diverse perspectives, and encourage dialogue about racial justice in our classrooms, offices, homes, and community.

Below are a list of some resources that can help educate and start/continue the conversation of racism and equality. 


Junior School List 

Recommended Reading Age: 5+

  • The Skin You Live In by Michael J. Tyler
  • The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
  • All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
  • Don’t Laugh at Me by Allen Shamblin and Steve Seskin
  • Shades of People by Sheila M. Kelly and Shelley Rotner
  • The Peace Book by Todd Parr
  • Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
  • If A Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks by Faith Ringgold
  • Meet Viola Desmond by Elizabeth MacLeod / Illustrated by Mike Deas
  • IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All by Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, and Carolyn Choi
  • It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr
  • Racism and Intolerance (Children in our World Series) by Louise Spilsbury and Hanane Kai
  • My Dream of Martin Luther King by Faith Ringgold

Recommended Reading Age: 9+

  • Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang
  • Count Me In by Varsha Bajaj
  • Stamped by Jason Reynolds

Senior School List

Young Adult Fiction

  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (basically anything by Jason Reynolds!)
  • Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • Light It Up by Kekla Magoon
  • I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones
  • Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
  • Anger Is A Gift by Mark Oshiro


  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
  • Dreams from my Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama
  • The Fire this Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race by Jesmyn Ward
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Racial and Cultural Intolerance by Samantha Bell
  • Six Days in Cincinnati by Dan Moore
  • Racial Profiling: Everyday Inequality by Alison Behnke
  • Jailed for Life for Being Black: The Story of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter
  • Racial Profiling by Carol Ullmann
  • Racial Profiling by Kathy Hahn

Adult Fiction

  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  • Everybody’s Son by Thirty Umrigar
  • Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer
  • Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Blog Post

Learning Opportunity


What Can I Do to Help?

  • Research and learn
  • Stand up to racism when you hear/see it
  • Sign as many petitions as possible
  • Talk about it! Have conversations
  • Think about it! Are your actions/words harmful even without intent?
  • Research non-profits and donate if/what you can

There is always room for education and growth and we are committed to learning and growing alongside our community.

“When we know better, we do better.”  - Maya Angelou