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The Cultural Engagement team at Everytown for Gun Safety is thrilled to present the Moms Demand Action Book Club, a powerful resource for deeper education and dialogue for Moms Demand Action volunteers and chapters across the country.

Each quarter, we’ll present a curated list of books, sourced from Moms Demand Action volunteers, Everytown staff and Everytown Authors Council members and partners. They may not be expressly focused on gun violence, but instead will provide opportunities for chapters to connect their work with a larger cultural conversation.

Read below for current and past lists.

October-December 2021: Centering Native American Voices

  • For Volunteers

    • Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God by Kaitlin B. Curtice (2020)
    • An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (2015)
    • “All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker (2016)
    • The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich (2020)
    • Poet Warrior: A Memoir by Joy Harjo (2021)
    • Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko (originally published 1977)
    • Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir by Deborah A. Miranda (2013)
    • The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer (2019)
  • Picture Books

    • Bowwow Powwow: Bagosenjige-niimi’idim by Brenda J. Child (Red Lake Ojibwe), illustrated by Jonathan Thunder (Red Lake Ojibwe), translated into Ojibwe by Gordon Jourdain (Lac La Croix First Nation) (2018)
    • Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard (Seminole), illustrated by Juana Martínez-Neal (Peruvian-American) (2019)
    • We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom (Anishinaabe/Métis), illustrated by Michaela Goade (Tlingit) (2020)
    • We Are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know by Traci Sorell (Cherokee), illustrated by Frané Lessac (2021)
  • Middle Grade / Chapter Books

    • Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-Be Best Friend by Dawn Quigley (Ojibwe) and Tara Audibert (Wolastoqey) (2021)
    • Healer of the Water Monster by Brian Young (Navajo) (2021)
    • The Sea in Winter by Christine Day (Upper Skagit) (2021)
    • Sisters of the Neversea by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee) (2021)
  • Young Adult

    • Apple (Skin to the Core) by Eric Gansworth (Onondaga) (2020)
    • Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger (Lipan Apache) (2020)
    • Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa) (2021)
    • Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee) (2018)

Picture books, middle grade / chapter books, and young adult selections made in partnership with Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee), a New York Times bestselling author of books for young readers and a member of Everytown’s Authors Council.

July-September 2021: Self-Care for Activists

  • For Volunteers

    • The Self-Love Workbook: A Life-Changing Guide to Boost Self-Esteem, Recognize Your Worth and Find Genuine Happiness by Shainna Ali, PhD (2018)
    • Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by adrienne maree brown (2017)
    • You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience by Tarana Burke and Brené Brown (2021)
    • Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May (2020)
    • Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski, PhD and Amelia Nagoski, DMA (2019)
    • Sustaining Spirit: Self-Care for Social Justice by Naomi Ortiz (2018)
    • Love for Imperfect Things: How to Accept Yourself in a World Striving for Perfection by Haemin Sunim (2018)
    • What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD (2021)
  • Picture Books

    • If I Built a School by Chris Van Dusen (2019)
    • Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love (2018)
    • The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson (author) and Rafael López (illustrator) (2018)
  • Middle-Grade Fiction

    • Real Friends by Shannon Hale (author) and LeUyen Pham (illustrator) (2017)
    • El Deafo by Cece Bell (2014)
    • Jada Jones series by Kelly Starling Lyons
  • Young Adult Fiction

    • You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson (2020)
    • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (2017)
    • Darius The Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram (2018)

Picture books, middle-grade non-fiction and young adult fiction selections made in partnership with Emily Barth Isler, Everytown Authors Council member and author of AfterMath (September 2021).

April-June 2021: Lessons from LGBTQ+ History

  • For Volunteers

    • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (1963)
    • The Book of Pride: LGBTQ Heroes Who Changed The World by Mason Funk (2019)
    • Living Out Islam: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims by Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle (2013)
    • Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride (2018)
    • Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men from the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis by Kevin J. Mumford (2016)
    • The Stonewall Reader Edited by the New York Public Library and Jason Baumann (2019)
    • Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism Edited by Uriel Quesada, Letitia Gomez, and Salvador Vidal-Ortiz (2015)
    • We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown (2019)
    • Transgender History, second edition: The Roots of Today’s Revolution by Susan Stryker (2017)
    • A Wild and Precious Life: A Memoir by Edie Windsor with Joshua Lyon (2019)
  • Children’s Non-Fiction

    • Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag Written by Rob Sanders, Illustrated by  Steven Salerno (2018)
    • The GayBCs Written and Illustrated by M. L. Webb (2019)
    • This Day in June Written by Gayle E. Pitman, Illustrated by Kristyna Litten (2014)
  • Middle-Grade Non-Fiction

    • Rainbow Revolutionaries: Fifty LGBTQ+ People Who Made History Written by Sarah Prager, Illustrated by Sarah Papworth (2020)
    • What Was Stonewall? Written by Nico Medina and Who HQ, Illustrated by Jake Murray (2019)
    • Pride: The Celebration and the Struggle by Robin Stevenson (2020)
  • Young Adult Non-Fiction

    • Troublemaker for Justice: The Story of Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the March on Washington by Jacqueline Houtman, Walter Naegle, and Michael G. Long (2019)
    • All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto by George M. Johnson (2020)
    • Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place (A Transgender Memoir) by Jackson Bird (2019)

Children’s non-fiction, middle-grade non-fiction and YA non-fiction selections made in partnership with Lambda Literary and Monica Carter, Program Manager of Lambda Literary’s LGBTQ Writers in Schools.

January-March 2021: Celebrating Black Women Changemakers

  • For Volunteers

    • Lead From the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change by Stacey Abrams (2018)
    • Unbought and Unbossed by Shirley Chisholm (1970)
    • The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris (2019)
    • Coretta: My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King with the Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds
    • Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde (1984)
    • Standing Our Ground: The Triumph of Faith Over Gun Violence: A Mother’s Story by Lucy McBath (2018)
    • Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love and So Much More by Janet Mock (2014)
    • Becoming by Michelle Obama (2018)
    • For Such a Time as This: Hope and Forgiveness after the Charleston Massacre by Rev. Sharon Risher with Sherri Wood Emmons (2019)
    • More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) by Elaine Welteroth (2019)