Black History Month

Reading List


A Selection of Titles for Children, Teens, and Adults


Picture Books


Before She Was Harriet: The Story of Harriet Tubman by Lesa Cline-Ransome. Holiday House, 2018


Black Is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy.  Roaring Brook Press, 2020


A Girl Like Me by Angela Johnson. Millbrook Press, 2004


Grasshopper and the Ant by Jerry Pinkney. Little Brown and Company, 2015


The history of racism in America by Duchess Harris and Tammy Gagne. ABDO Publishing Company, 2021


Jackie’s Bat by Marybeth Lorbiecki. Simon & Schuster for Young Readers, 2006


The killing of George Floyd by Duchess Harris and Alexis Burling. ABDO Publishing Company, 2021


King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats by Dori Hillestad Butler. Peachtree Publishers, 2017


King and Kayla and the Case of the Missing Code by Dori Hillestad Butler. Peachtree Publishers, 2017


Me & Mamma by Cozbi Cabrera. Simon & Schuster for Young Readers, 2020


My Hair Is Magic! by M. L. Marroquin. Page Street Kids, 2020


Octopus Stew by Eric Velasquez. Holiday House, 2019


Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats. Harper & Row, 1967


The Little Mermaid by Jerry Pinkney. Little Brown and Company, 2020


Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold. Crown Publishing Group, 1991


The NAACP by Andrew Santella. The Child's World, 2022 


The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South by Robert D. SanSouci. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1989


Whistle For Willie by Ezra Jack Keats. Viking Press, 1964


Yo! Yes? By Chris Raschka. Orchard Books, 1993




Monster by Walter Dean Myers. HarperCollins, 1989


The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural by Patricia C. McKissack. Knopf, 2001 


The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. Random House, 1995


Crossover by Kwame Alexander. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014


Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, 2019


True Definition of Neva Beane by Christine Kendall. Scholastic Press, 2020


Root Magic by Eden Royce. HarperCollins Children's Books, 2021


Non-Fiction Titles


Black Lives Matter: From Hashtag to the Streets by Dr. Artika R. Tyner. Lerner Publications, 2021 


Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson. Puffin Books, 2016


Explore the Cosmos Like Neil DeGrasse Tyson: A Space Science Journey by CAP Saucier. Prometheus Books, 2015


Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History by Walter Dean Myers. HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2017


Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Russell Freedman. Holiday House, 2006


A Girl Named Rosa by Denise Lewis Patrick. American Girl, 2018


Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. HarperCollins, 2018


Lift As You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell.  Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2020


March On!: The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Christine King Farris, Scholastic Press, 2008


Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rapport. Scholastic Inc. 2002


Minty: A story of Young Harriet Tubman by Alan Schroeder. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1996


A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation 

by Barry Wittestein.  Neal Porter Books, 2019


She Was the First: The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm by Katheryn Russell-Brown. Lee & Low Books, 2020


Starstruck: The Cosmic Journey of Neil DeGrasse Tyson by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer, Crown Books for Young Readers, 2018


Thurgood by Jonah Winter. Schwartz & Wade Books, 2019


Timelines from Black History Month forward by Mireille Harper. Dorling Kindersley, 2020


Who Was Booker T. Washington? by James Buckley Jr. Grosset & Dunlap, 2018


Who Was Coretta Scott King? By Gail Herman. Grosset & Dunlap, 2017


Who Was Jackie Robinson? by Gail Herman.  Grosset & Dunlap, 2010


Young Adult Novels & Graphic Novels


The Beautiful Struggle : a memoir : adapted for young adults by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  Delacorte Press, 2021


The Black Friend : on being a better white person by Frederick Joseph. Candlewick Press, 2020


The Black Kids by  Christina Hammonds Reed.  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2020


The Black Mage by Daniel Barnes & D.J. Kirkland. Oni Press, 2019. 


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017


Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas. Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2021


Dear Justyce by Nic Stone. Crown Books for Young Readers, 2020.


Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson. Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2020.


For Everyone by Jason Reynolds. Crown Books for Young Readers, 2020.


Miles Morales by Saladin Ahmed, Javier Garrón, David Curiel & Cory Petit. Marvel Comics, 2019-


Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam. Balzer & Bray, 2020


Stamped from the Beginning : Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds; adapted from Stamped from the beginning by and with an introduction from Ibram X. Kendi.  Nation Books, 2016.


When they Call You a Terrorist : Adapted for Young Readers by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele. St. Martin's Press, 2018


Adult Non-Fiction


The 1619 project : a new origin story  created by Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times Magazine. One World, 2021

An African American and Latinx history of the United States by Paul Ortiz. Beacon Press, 2018

And Still I Rise : Black America since MLK : an illustrated chronology by  Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Kevin M. Burke. Ecco, 2015 

A Peculiar Indifference : the neglected toll of violence on black America by Elliott Currie.  Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2020


A Promised Land by Barack Obama.  Crown Publishers, 2020


Barracoon : the story of the last "black cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston ; edited and with an introduction by Deborah G. Plant.  Amistad, 2018


 Becoming by Michelle Obama. Crown, 2018


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. One World/Spiegel & Grau, 2015


Black Boy: American Hunger by Richard Wright, HarperPerennial/Modern Classics, 2006


Black and White Airmen : their true history by John Fleischman. Houghton Mifflin, 2007


Black in Selma : the uncommon life of J. L. Chestnut, Jr. by  J. L. Chestnut, Jr., Julia Cass. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1990.


Black Klansman : race, hate, and the undercover investigation of a lifetime by Ron Stallworth. Flatiron Books, 2018


Blood at the Root : a racial cleansing in America by Patrick Phillips. W.W. Norton & Company, 2016


Colorization : one hundred years of Black films in a white world by Wil Haygood. Alfred A. Knopf, 2021 


The Devil You Know : a Black Power Manifesto

by Charles M. Blow. HarperCollinsPublishers, 2021


Driving while Black : African American travel and the road to civil rights by Gretchen Sorin. Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, 2020  


Four Hundred Souls : a community history of African America, 1619-2019 edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain. One World, 2021


Ida B. the Queen : the extraordinary life and legacy of Ida B. Wells by Michelle Duster.  Atria/One Signal Publishers, 2021


Invisible : the forgotten story of the black woman lawyer who took down America's most powerful mobster by  Stephen L. Carter.  Henry Holt and Company, 2018


Just Mercy : A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. Spiegel & Grau, 2019


Legacy : Treasures of Black History edited by Thomas C. Battle and Donna M. Wells ; preface by John Hope Franklin. National Geographic, 2006


Letters to my white male friends by Dax-Devlon Ross. St. Martin's Press, 2021


Me and White Supremacy : combat racism, change the world, and become a good ancestor by Layla F. Saad. Sourcebooks, 2020


Midnight Rising : John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War by Tony Horwitz. Henry Holt and Co., 2011


Miss me with that : hot takes, helpful tidbits, and a few hard truths by  Rachel Lindsay. Ballantine Group, 2022


Nice racism : how progressive white people perpetuate racial harm by Robin DiAngelo. Becon Press, 2021 


Say I'm Dead : a family memoir of race, secrets, and love by E. Dolores Johnson. Lawrence Hill Books, 2020


Say it loud! : on race, law, history, and culture by Randall Kennedy. Pantheon Books, 2021 


So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Seal Press, 2019


South to America : a journey below the Mason-Dixon to understand the soul of a nation by Imani Perry. ECCO, An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2022 


Stamped from the Beginning : the definitive history of racist ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi.  Nation Books, 2016


The sum of us : what racism costs everyone and how we can prosper together by Heather McGhee. One World, 2021


Tears We Cannot Stop : a sermon to white America by Michael Eric Dyson. St. Martin's Press, 2017


The Butler : a witness to history by Wil Haygood. 37 Ink/Atria Books, 2013


The Color of Law : a forgotten history of how our government segregated America by Richard Rothstein. Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, 2018


The Fire Next Time by  James Baldwin. Vintage International, 1993


The Fire This Time : a new generation speaks about race  edited by Jesmyn Ward.  Scribner, 2016


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Broadway Paperbacks, 2011


The New Jim Crow : mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness by Michelle Alexander.  New Press, 2020


This is the fire : what I say to my friends about racism by Don Lemon. Little, Brown and Company, 2021


Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup ; introduction by Ira Berlin ; general editor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. ; foreword by Steve McQueen. Penguin Books, 2013


Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho. Flatiron Books, 2020


We Were Eight Years in Power : an American tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  One World, 2017


What Set Me Free : a true story of wrongful conviction, a dream deferred, and a man redeemed by Brian Banks and Mark Dragostino. Atria Books, 2019


When They Call You a Terrorist : a Black Lives Matter memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele. St. Martin's Press, 2018


White Fragility : why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism by Robin DiAngelo.  Beacon Press, 2018


White Rage : the unspoken truth of our racial divide by Carol Anderson.  Bloomsbury, 2016


You'll Never Believe what Happened to Lacey : crazy stories about racism by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar. Grand Central Publishing, 2021


Selected Adult Fiction


Charcoal Joe by Walter Mosley. Doubleday, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2016


The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Harcourt, 2019


Deacon King Kong by  James McBride. Riverhead Books, 2020


The Good Lord Bird by  James McBride. Riverhead Books, 2013


Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. Vintage, 1995


Luster by Raven Leilani. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020


Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson. Penguin Group USA, 2019


The Rib King by Ladee Hubbard. Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2021 


Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. Knopf, 1995


Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid. G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2019


The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.  Anchor Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2018


The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.  Riverhead Books, 2020


What's Mine and Yours by Naima Coster. Boston Grand Central Publishing, 2021


Selected DVDs and Blu-Rays


12 Years a Slave [videorecording]. Regency Enterprises and River Road Entertainment presentation. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2014


Binge Box : Black Experiences Volume 1 : Just Mercy, The Hate U Give, Loving, The Great Debaters, The Color Purple [videorecording]. Midwest Tape 2020


Binge Box : Black Experiences Volume 2 : BlacKkKlansman, Dear White People, If Beale Street Could Talk, Fruitvale Station, Do the Right Thing, Get Out [videorecording].  Midwest Tape 2020


Binge Box : Black History : The Birth of a Nation, 12 Years a Slave, Race, Red Tails, 42, Selma [videorecording]. Midwest Tape 2020


Blindspotting [videorecording]  Summit Pictures, 2018


Harriet [videorecording]  Universal, 2020


Just Mercy [videorecording] Warner Bros., 2020


Selma [videorecording] Paramount, 2015


The Butler [videorecording] Anchor Bay Entertainment, 2014


The Hate U Give [videorecording] Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2019


Downloadable Resources


A Promised Land by Barack Obama. Available as an eBook and an audiobook on Overdrive. 


American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson. Available as an eBook and an audiobook on Overdrive. 


The Black Presidency [electronic resource] : Barack Obama and the politics of race in America by  Michael Eric Dyson.  Audiobook, available through OneClick Digital Media Manager.


Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin. Available as an eBook through Overdrive. 


How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones. Available as an audiobook through Overdrive.


The New Jim Crow by Alexander, Michelle.  Available through Hoopla as an eBook or Audiobook, or on Overdrive as an Audiobook.


Three African-American Classics: Up from Slavery, The Souls of Black Folk and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Available as an eBook through Overdrive. 

The Tradition by Jericho Brown. Available as an audiobook or eBook through Hoopla.