Black History Month

Reading List


FALL RIVER PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

 

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

 

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 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

 

Children's Fiction

 

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

 

 

Children's Nonfiction

 

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 Chisolm 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 Nonfiction

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 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.