It's Black Women's History Month!

Loribelle Lapaix  //  Apr 12, 2019

It's Black Women's History Month!

This year, we’re celebrating Black Women’s History Month by highlighting Black women’s contributions in more ways than one.

My TBR list haunts me daily but I’m looking forward to reading Sacred Woman: A Guide to Healing the Feminine Body, Mind, and Spirit by Queen Afua. I think it'll be a great way to jumpstart spring cleaning!

I asked OOM contributors to share their favorite books written by Black women.

Mackenzie shares:

  • Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat – “This memoir that explores the hardships of immigration and the challenging family dynamics it can cause. Danticat’s inter-generational story of sacrifice and forgiveness had an immense impact on me, and should be added to everyone’s TBR list.” 
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – “The way this novel transcends space and time to explain how we are all connected is a truly beautifully message for everyone to remember. This story really reminded me that every choice I make, big or small, could ultimately change the course of someone else’s life.” 

On Brittany’s TBR list: Stay with Me by Nigerian author Ayòbámi Adébáyò. “This is her first book and it was shortlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and named a New York Times Notable Book, among other accolades.”

Carmen loves American Girl: Gabriela by Teresa E. Harris.

Raisa shares her favorites: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry and Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. On her TBR: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

Royivia’s absolute favorite is Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold and she thinks Princess Hair by Sharee Miller is “so beautiful”.

Jordana’s favorites include:

  • Child of the Dream by Sharon Robinson
  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Brown Girl Dreaming & The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

If you're in the mood for news, read these amazing stories written by our Kid Reporters on the extraordinary accomplishments of Black women: 

Last but not least, check out these informative, engaging stories from Scholastic Classroom Magazines:

 Scholastic News® Edition 2, February 2019

When School Was Cruel

This story follows Topeka, Kansas third-grader Linda Brown who had to walk across town to attend school in 1950 due to segregation laws. Linda’s family joined 11 other families in a monumental trial to end segregation in public schools, Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka. 

SuperScience®, May/June 2018

Shooting for the Stars by Andrew Klein

A feature story on Florida teen Taylor Richardson who hopes to be one of the first people to visit Mars!