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Book cover: Hidden Valley Road

“Hidden Valley Road” by Robert Kolker “Robert Kolker follows the saga of a large, all-American family–a family with a terrible burden–in this adult non-fiction work. Of the twelve children in the Galvin family, six suffer from schizophrenia. From the earliest signs in the eldest son in the 1960s and 1970s, through the rapid changes in […]

Recommended Read – “Ghost Boys” by Jewell Parker Rhodes

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“When 12-year-old Jerome began playing with a plastic toy gun in the park, he had no idea that he’d be shot down by a police officer mistaking him for a ‘criminal’ with a ‘lethal weapon’. He also had no idea that he would come back as a ghost and have to witness the repercussions that […]

Recommended Read: “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas


“The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas “This book offers a searing look at police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement–all told through the eyes of a teenage girl. It is equal parts funny, sad, empowering, and hopeful. Even as an adult, I absolutely loved it!”- Celine, Programs Dept.

Anti-Racism & Pride Resources

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All are welcome at Boulder Public Library Counter racial injustice with our curated Anti-Racism Reading List for adults and for children. Check out 31 Children’s Books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance. Don’t miss JLF Colorado’s June 14 virtual event, Anti-Racism In A System Built Upon Racism. Celebrate Pride Month by putting a hold on a title from our Pride Month […]

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“I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” By Erika L. Sanchez “When Julia’s seemingly perfect older sister, Olga, dies, Julia is left to pick up the pieces of her life and is forced to reinvent how she fits into her now incomplete family. Filled with humor, internal conflict, and faithful cultural insights about what it means […]

Recommended Read – Good Talk

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob “This is a funny and complex book motivated by questions from the author’s six-year-old son, questions that are sparked in the years leading up to Trump’s election as her son forms his identity as a young brown boy. Throughout this uniquely illustrated graphic memoir, Jacob explores her […]

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If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo “This novel about Amanda, a trans teen, negotiating a new school was interesting, informative, funny and heartbreaking. Loved it!” –Margie, Resource Services Get more staff reading recommendations

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“Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi “‘Children of the Blood and Bone’ is set in Orisha, a fantasy nation with roots in West African mythology. Adeyemi creates a world where magic has been completely suppressed. The main protagonist, Zeile, is born a maji, but must hide her magical powers. I highly recommend this […]

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“There There” by Tommy Orange “A city is a place, is a collection of architecture, is neighborhoods, is happenings, is a multiplicity of voices. In the “There There”, the city is Oakland, CA, and the voices are those of urban (Indigenous) Natives. What starts as individual vignettes ends in a kind of complicated coherence, where […]

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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro “A dystopian love story centered around three friends from childhood as they come of age. Wonderfully written and full of twists that will keep you wanting more.” –Cait, Meadows Get more staff reading recommendations