Book Club

#WoWaWildBookClub: Reading to learn about race and racism in America.

When I launched Wonder Wander Wildflower my hope was to build a community of people who wanted to learn from each other, be curious about the world and try new things. I’ve never run an online book club and I am no expert on race, but what’s going on in the world calls me to do something. So I’m hoping that by me trying something new it will inspire change elsewhere, even if it’s small. So I invite you to join me in this book club on race and racism with an open heart, curiosity and the willingness to grow. I will put all information related to the book club here on this page and update it as we go along. I look forward to learning along side of you.

xx Chelsie

First up, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: her predominantly
white, suburban private school and her poorer, mostly black neighborhood.
The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses
the fatal shooting of her childhood friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.
Everyone wants to know what really went down that night, and the only person
who can speak up is Starr. But what she says—or does not say—could destroy
her community and even endanger her life.

You can get find this book here, the audio book here or watch the movie (which we will do at the end of the reading) on hulu!
Or shop black owned bookstores from this list.

*note* if you are unable to purchase this book, please reach out as I am willing to help! Also, your local library is always a great resource for books and audio books*

Book Club Schedule:

Book Club Posts:

Join the #WoWaWild Book Club on race and racism:

Watch before you read to learn why Angie Thomas wrote this book:

The #WoWaWild Guidelines for Effective Engagement:

It’s important that we create a space that is conducive to learning and introspection.  This is a place where people can share without fear of judgement or retaliation. That’s why we’ve created a few guiding principles for our book club. 

  • Respect the journey. Everyone is in a different place in their journey. Some of us have calloused feet from years of walking down this path and others of us may have only now found ourselves turning down this road with fear and apprehension. Please be respectful of where others are on their journey and trust that others are doing the best that they can. 
  • Become comfortable with being uncomfortable. Racism is a topic that we often discuss in theory, but is scary to actually break down in practice.  You may feel some discomfort. When this arises, instead of feeling guilty or defensive, use curiosity to explore what is stirring your emotions.
  • Introspection is encouraged. Certainly we all want a better world, but what does that actually look like? What surprised you? What was new for you? Can you relate to any aspects of the book or discussion? 
  • Practice what you learn. How can you apply what you’ve learned in even the small, subtle ways? When you know better, do better. 
  • We aren’t experts. Please know that the facilitators are not experts. We are here to help guide a conversation and we are learning alongside you. 
  • Ask for help. Are you struggling with something? Unsure of feelings? Reach out to one of us. We are happy to chat with you and help you through. 
  • Listen actively without interrupting. Write down thoughts or questions that may arise while someone else is speaking. 
  • Discuss, don’t debate. We’re here to learn from each other, challenge our thoughts, and to hear about life from another perspective. Debating and arguing have no place here. 
  • Wherever you are in your journey we are so glad you’re here!

Other Resources:

This list has been compiled from trusted sources

People to follow:

@codeswitch on Instagram and @NPRCodeSwitch twitter
@BlackLivesMatter on Instagram and @Blklivesmatter on twitter

What to watch:

Jamila Lyiscott’s 4-minute TED Talk “3 Ways to Speak English,” a meditation on code-switching that unpacks the word ‘articulate.’
15 minute interview with Black Lives Matter Founders on TED
Understanding Privilege
Netflix: 13th, American Son, Dear White People, See You Yesterday, When They See Us
Hulu: If Beale Street Could Talk, The Hate U Give
Rent: Black Power Mix Tape, Clemency, Fruitvale Station, Just Mercy, Selma, The Black Panthers
How to Raise a Black Son in America
How to Overcome out Biases and Walk Boldly Toward Them

Based on list by Sarah Sophie flicker & Alyssa Klein

What to read:

Learn more about the Black Lives Matter movement by exploring the organization’s website. To access additional sections for more of the story, click the About tab at the top of the page.
Five Reasons People Code Switch on NPR
Psychologists show how accent shapes our perception of a person from Science Daily
Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
How to Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram x. Kendi
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Based on list by Sarah Sophie flicker & Alyssa Klein

Podcasts to Listen to:

1619 by the New York Times
About Race
Code Switch on NPR – start with “Talk American
The Diversity Gap
Intersectionay Matters! hosted by Kimberle Crenshaw
Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
Pod for the Cause from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Pod Save the People by Crooked Media
Ologies – start with Phonology (Language)

Based on list by Sarah Sophie flicker & Alyssa Klein

For further work:

30 day course, #DoTheWork by Rachel Cargle
AntiRacism Resources Document:
75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice


Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is a national organization with chapters across the country. SURJ’s work is focused specifically on organizing white people to take action toward racial justice. Find a chapter near you here and follow them on social media for resources, updates, and more information on how you can help! Columbus Ohio’s chapter is @surjcolumbusoh on both Twitter and Instagram and at

What do you wonder about race and racism in America?

From the #WoWaWild Family:

“Where does unconscious bias exists that we’re still not seeing?”

“What I can do on a personal level to make a change and difference?”

“How can I be better?”

“Why is there white fragility? Why are some people so fragile and why is it so difficult to empathize and speak out for black and other persons of color from white Americans and even non-Americans?”

“What can we as a whole and individuals do to promote inclusivity & equality?”

“How is racism still acceptable in this country?”

“What don’t I understand about my privilege as a blonde white woman? How can I make a difference by being more anti-racist?”

A special thank you to the incredible women who helped me build this book club, Katie Fox and Becky Woodruff. Without your work and expertise on this project it would not have been possible.