The subject of race in America can’t be ignored. But talking about sensitive issues, like racism and discrimination, though absolutely necessary, is far from easy, especially at school.

Literature can help facilitate these discussions. Studying texts together creates a common ground for students to discuss tough topics in constructive ways. It gives students a safe outlet to process their thoughts and can help them build empathy toward others.

To support meaningful conversations on race with your students, consider introducing these twenty fiction, graphic novel, and nonfiction selections in the classroom.

What books would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments below.