2021 Additional Resources

Resources and Other Suggested Readings 2021

We will be exploring these themes related to our 2021 Malden Reads selection, Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, through our programming and discussions. Below is a list of additional books and other resources for further consideration.


Fiction / Nonfiction


for Use by Parents and Educators


Early, Elementary and High School





Book discussion questions from Tailored Book Recommendations

Book discussion guide from Network CRCNA.org

Online Resources

Teacher’s Guide to Born a Crime (from the book’s publisher)

An Antiracist Reading List (by Ibram X. Kendi, The New York Times, May 29, 2019) 



NONFICTION BOOKS about South Africa

Biko. The Powerful Biography of Steve Biko and the Black Consciousness Movement by Donald Woods

Country of My Skull: Guilt, Sorrow, and the Limits of Forgiveness in the New South Africa by Antjie Krog

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela

NONFICTION Books about the u.s.

Between the World
and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD

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

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America´s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? by Martin Luther King, Jr.


fiction Books

Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi



Additional Companion Books for Children (for Use by Parents and Educators)
Preschool–Early Elementary

A Is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara. Suggested for grades PreK and up

Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi. Suggested for grades K and up

Global Babies by the Global Fund for Children. Suggested for all ages

I’m an Activist by Wil Mara. Suggested for grades K–3

My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me by Maya Angelou. Suggested for grades PreK–2

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, PhD and Ann Hazzard PhD. Suggested for grades K–3

Sometimes People March by Tessa Allen. Suggested for grades PreK–3

Woke Baby by Mahogany L. Browne. Suggested for all ages



Early Elementary

All Because You Matter by Tami Charles. Suggested for grade 3 and up

Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester. Suggested for grades 1–3

Racism and Intolerance by Louise Spilsbury. Suggested for grades

Elementary and Middle School

Count Me In by Varsha Bajaj. Suggested for grades 5–6

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Suggested for grades 5–7 

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela. Suggested for grades 3–7

Resist: 40 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Up Against Tyranny and Injustice by Veronica Chambers. Suggested for grades 3–7

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh. Suggested for grades 4–6

This Is Your Time by Ruby Bridges. Suggested for grades 5 and up

high School

Dream Country by Shannon Gibney. Suggested for grade 9 and up

Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture & Identity by Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi. Suggested for grade 9 and up

Related films