Harvard-Westlake Middle School does not have a required summer reading program. Instead, your librarians encourage students to read whatever catches their eye. You can find some ideas in Sora's Collections and linked below. We also encourage you to message or email a librarian for personalized suggestions — it's what we do!


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People are rising up against long-standing injustices and anti-Black violence all over the country, including in Los Angeles. Author Jason Reynolds' short radio segment answering young people's questions about racism and the protests is a worthwhile listen.

Wondering where to start? Check out the Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources document. It'll help you identify where you are in your anti-racist work and what your next steps could be.

Many of us turn to reading to understand the world around us, process our reactions to it, and transform ourselves and the world in positive ways. Using the Anti-Racism Resource Guide by Tasha K, we've compiled some titles that we hope will help each of us do just that:

Lists to come, also based on Tasha K's Anti-Racism Resource Guide:

  • Anti-Racism: Asian & Pacific Islander Studies
  • Anti-Racism: Chicanx/Latinx Studies
  • Anti-Racism: Indigenous Studies
  • Anti-Racism: Black Studies
  • Anti-Racism: White Studies
  • Anti-Racism: Health & Medicine, Land & Housing
  • Anti-Racism: Immigration
  • Anti-Racism: Mass Incarceration & Voting
  • Anti-Racism: Healing & Restoration
  • Anti-Racism: Religion & the Church

For now, we invite you to search our collection for any of the titles you've seen mentioned in the Anti-Racism Resource Guide, Anti-racism resources for white people, the outstanding Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources, or elsewhere.

Many of these source lists are being revised on an ongoing basis, and so are ours.

A few other collections of ebooks and audiobooks in Sora:

Our top recommendations are This Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell (ebook), which focuses on practical, everyday antiracism, and Stamped (ebook; audiobook) by Jason Reynolds and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, which traces racist ideas from their very beginning to the present day.

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