Write On! Radio – Tami Lee + Diane Wilson

Write On! Radio – Tami Lee + Diane Wilson

originally aired March 16, 2021

This week, Dave welcomes Tamara “Tami” Lee, esteemed Ramsey County Librarian, on-air to discuss recommendations on Civil Rights reads for young people. Check out the list below to share them with the young people in your life.

After the break, Dave is joined by Diane Wilson. Along with being author of the newly released The Seed Keeper, Wilson is a Minnesota writer, speaker, editor, and Executive Director for the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance.


Children’s and YA books on Civil Rights and Civil Justice

Recommended by Tamara Lee for KFAI’s Write On! Radio Program

March 15, 2021


Tamara (Tami) Lee has been a children’s librarian for the Ramsey County library for fourteen years. Tami received her MLIS from St. Catherine University and has been an ALA Spectrum scholar, adjunct instructor in the St. Kate’s MLIS program, and is a certified early literacy specialist (ECRR).  Tami co-authored a piece on racial diversity and inclusion in story-time for the ALSC journal, Children and Libraries and has facilitated many workshops, trainings, and discussions around equity, diversity, and inclusion in libraries and collection development.  Tami is passionate about racial equity, social justice, drumming, and kitchen chemistry.

Starred titles are those in which race/racism is incidental or that uplift BIPOC or support the BIPOC experience.


  • Teen/Young Adult
    • Stamped : Racism, Antiracism, And You. By Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
    • Black Lives Matter by Sue Bradford Edwards and Duchess Harris, JD, PHD (Macalester)
    • Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice by Bryan Stevenson
    • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
    • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
    • The Black Friend : On Being A Better White Person by Frederick Joseph
    • Dream Country by Shannon Gibney *
    • The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus *
    • Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (Intersectionality) *
    • Black Enough – Stories of Being Young & Black in America Ibi Zobo *
  • Juvenile
    • What Lane? By Torrey Maldonado
    • The Talk : Conversations About Race, Love & Truth by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson
    • New Kid by Jerry Craft *
  • Easy Picture Book
    • Oh, the Things We’re For! By Innosanto Nagara
    • Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi and Ashley Lukashevsky
    • Intersection Allies : We Make Room For All by Chelsea Johnson, Latoya Council, and Carolyn Choi illus. Ashley Seil Smith
    • Not My Idea : A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham
    • Justice Makes A Difference : The Story of Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire by Dr. Artika Tyner
    • Something Happened In Our Town : A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, Ann Hazzard
    • We Rise We Resist We Raise Our Voices By Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson
    • Black Lives Matter : Together We Stand Against Racism by Sonja Smith illus. Tejal Mistry
    • All the Colors We Are: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color/Todos los colores de nuestra piel: La historia de por qué tenemos diferentes colores de piel by Katie Kissinger
    • I am Enough by Grace Byers, illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo *
    • Cool Cuts by Mechal Renee Roe *
    • Bedtime For Sweet Creatures by Nikki Grimes illus. Elizabeth Zunon *
    • Bedtime Bonnet by by Nancy Redd and Nneka Myers *
    • A Story About Afiya by James Berry *
    • The Proudest Blue : A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali, illus. Hatem Aly
    • Don’t Touch My Hair by Sharee Miller
    • Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester and Karen Barbour
    • Crown: An Ode to a Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes *



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