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Black History Month Booklist

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February 1, 2024


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February is Black History Month! We've compiled a booklist for all ages to help celebrate the importance of black history and of the contributions of African Americans to our history and culture.

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Children's Picture Books

All Because You Matter by Tami Charles

Baby Blessings by Deloris Jordan

Big by Vashti Harrison

Cape by Kevin Johnson

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes

Daddy Speaks Love by Leah Henderson

Harlem at Four by Dr. Michael Datcher

I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown

Mama’s Home by Shay Youngblood

Repeat After Me: Big Things to Say Every Day by Jazmyn Simon and Dulé Hill

Stacey’s Remarkable Books by Stacey Abrams

Standing in the Need of Prayer: A Modern Retelling of the Classic Spiritual by Carole Boston Weatherford

There was a Party for Langston by Jason Reynolds

A Walk in the Woods by Nikki Grimes

We Are Here by Tami Charles

Who Will You Be? by Andrea Pippins

Woke Baby by Mahogany L. Browne

The World Belonged to Us by Jacqueline Woodson

Children's Nonfiction

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

I Am Loved by Nikki Giovanni

Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikk Grimes

The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children by Davida Adedjouma

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney

To Boldly Go: How Nichelle Nichols and Star Trek Helped Advance Civil Rights by Angela Dalton

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Heroes from Past and Present by Jamia Wilson

Young, Gifted and Black, Too: 52 Black Heroes to Celebrate and Discover by Jamia Wilson

Children's and Preteen Chapter Books

Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz

Cameron Battle and the Hidden Kingdoms by Jamar J. Perry

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Garcia-Williams

Curlfriends: New in Town by Sharee Miller

The Door of No Return by Kwame Alexander

Fibbed by Elizabeth Agyemang

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Holler of the Fireflies by David Barclay Moore

It’s the End of the World and I’m in My Bathing Suit by Justin A. Reynolds

Nic Blake and the Remarkables: The Manifestor Prophecy by Angie Thomas

Remember Us by Jacqueline Woodson

School Trip by Jerry Craft

The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

Books for Teens and Young Adults

Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds

All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

Chaos Theory by Nic Stone

Forgive Me Not by Jennifer Baker

Invisible Son by Kim Johnson

Nigeria Jones by Ibi Zoboi

Okoye to the People by Ibi Zoboi

One True Loves by Elise Bryant

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

Promise Boys by Nick Brooks

Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman by Kristen R. Lee

Right Where I Left You by Julian Winters

Vinyl Moon by Mahogany L. Browne

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz 

Adult Fiction

Anywhere You Run by Wanda Morris

Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan

Black Bottom Saints by Alice Randall

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

Black Girls Must Die Exhausted by Jayne Allen

Chain-Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Crook Manifesto by Colson Whitehead

Family Lore by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of Andy Africa by Stephen Buoro

The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

Homebodies by Tembe Denton-Hurst

Last Summer on State Street by Toya Wolfe 

The Late Americans by Brandon Taylor

Maame by Jessica George

Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

On Rotation by Shirlene Obuobi

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

The Reformatory by Tananarive Due

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

We Are a Haunting by Tyriek White

We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride

What Never Happened by Rachel Howzell Hall

Yonder by Jabari Asim

You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi

Adult Nonfiction

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Black Futures edited by Kimberly Drew

Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans

Buses are a Comin’: Memoir of a Freedom Rider by Charles Person

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 by Ibram X. Kendi

The Hill We Climb and Other Poems by Amanda Gorman

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education by Mychal Denzel Smith

The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times by Michelle Obama

The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love, & Truth edited by Wade and Virginia Hudson

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Yellow House by Sarah Broom

You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories About Racism by Amber Ruffin