Did you know parents can check out books at the Astor Library? The A.R.E. Group has started a library of books for kids and adults with characters of color and/or are focused on race and equity. See the librarian, Kari Harms, or the library assistant, Debra Gellar, for more information on how to check them out.

Have a book you'd like to donate? Please drop it off with Debra at the school office. If you have a suggestion for a book to include, please email

Our growing book collection includes:

For Kids

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui

I Love Being Me by April Allen

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de La Pena

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

Turning Pages: My Life Story by Sonia Sotomayor (English and Spanish version)

For Adults

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald

Evicted by Matthew Desmond

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo