Recommended Reading List

Here are some book titles that you can read to find out more about Humanism, Humanist values, and social justice topics. We also including some fiction that has humanist values and/or themes. These books should be available at your local library, bookstore, or online. [Try to support your local library and book sellers] This is not a complete list and if you have an idea for a title we should list, let us know through our contact form.


Creating Change Through Humanism By Roy Speckhardt

Justice-Centered Humanism By Roy Speckhardt

Humanists in the Hood: Unapologetically Black, Feminist, and Heretical: Humanism in Practice by Sikivu Hutchinson

Elle the Humanist by Elle Harris, Douglas Harris

Jen Hancock’s Handy Humanism Handbook by Jen Hancock

The Philosophy of Humanism, Eighth Edition

Humanism as the Next Step by Mary Morain and Lloyd Morain


The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark Kindle Edition by Carl Sagan

Free to Roam: Poems from a Heathen Mommy by Megan Rahm

Women Without Superstition : No Gods – No Masters By Annie Laurie Gaylor

Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism by Susan Jacoby

The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought by Susan Jacoby


Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars
by Sikivu Hutchinson

Woe to the Women: The Bible, Female Sexuality and the Law: The Bible Tells Me so by Annie Laurie Gaylor and Alma Cuebas

Life Driven Purpose: How an Atheist Finds Meaning by Dan Barker

Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America’s Leading Atheists By Dan Barker

Social Justice

On Drowning Rats: How Two Women Took Down A Sexual Harasser And How You Can Too By Rachel Richardson and Cami Roth Szirotnyak

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

How to Be a (Young) Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

Works of Fiction

Contact by Carl Sagan

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin

The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein