Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds is my favorite banned book because it creates a counter narrative to what we are taught about racism and American history. So much of what is in this book isn't taught in schools, so I love that this is an accessible and engaging book for teens and adults.
Books tell stories and stories are how we relate to one another. When we read about experiences that are similar to our own, we know that we are not alone. When we read about experiences that are different from our own, we build empathy. Reading together, talking about our favorite books, and pursuing lifelong learning strengthens communities.