Share Black Stories

Langley Leverett  //  Jan 30, 2024

Share Black Stories

This February, we are excited to celebrate Black voices with books that centers around Black lives, Black joy, and Black stories that are sure to resonate far beyond a single month of the year. Join us as we #ShareBlackStories with readers and reaffirm our Scholastic commitment to publish books that demonstrate the Power of Story.

Hey, Baby Girl! 

By Andrea Davis Pinkney and Illustrated By Brian Pinkney

Board Book

Ages 0 to 3, Grades P And Under

A beautiful ode to all bright brown baby girls and the fifth title in the acclaimed Bright Brown Baby series—from New York Times bestselling and award-winning duo Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney. Hey, baby girl. Go change the world!

I Am My Ancestors' Wildest Dreams  

By Tanisia Moore and Illustrated By Robert Paul

Picture Book

Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3

In a story that sizzles and soars, a young child discovers his place in a distinguished lineage. As he meets ten exceptional Black men—historical and contemporary heroes—he internalizes and asserts their greatness. Just like them, he can reach his dreams.

Dear Ruby, Hear Our Hearts 

By Ruby Bridges and Illustrated By John Jay Cabuay

Picture Book

Ages 5 to 10, Grades K to 4

National civil rights activist and icon Ruby Bridges responds to letters from thoughtful and concerned young students across America. "I've heard their hearts and now share those hearts with you. These pages truly speak to the power of children!"-Ruby Bridges

We Dream a World

By Yolanda Renee King and Illustrated By Nicole Tadgell

Picture Book

Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3

The granddaughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King delivers a stirring tribute to her grandparents that speaks to children everywhere about her hopes for the future. Yolanda King encourages young people to create a new path for themselves.

Justice Ketanji: The Story of US Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson  

By Denise Lewis Patrick and Illustrated By Kim Holt

Picture Book

Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3

Discover the rise of Ketanji Brown Jackson, from a young girl growing up in Florida to the first Black woman to be confirmed to the United States Supreme Court. With empowering prose and vibrant illustrations, this picture book shows that with determination and support, we can do and be anything.

Kwame's Magic Quest #1: Rise of the Green Flame

By Bernard Mensah and Illustrated By Natasha Nayo

Chapter Book (Branches)

Ages 6 to 8, Grades 1 to 3

The day has finally come for Kwame to start Nkonyaa School and learn magic! He is excited to train with his new friends but can't access his magical powers. When his friend Fifi starts acting strange, Kwame's powers are put to the test.

Change the Game

By Colin Kaepernick and Eve L. Ewing and Illustrated By Orlando Caicedo

Graphic Novel (Graphix)

Ages 12 And Up, Grades 7 And Up

An inspiring graphic memoir from athlete and activity Colin Kaepernick. In his senior year of high school, a young Colin finds himself at a crossroads. Torn between a college career in baseball or football and figuring out how to make a difference in his world.


By Chaunté Lowe

Middle Grade (Nonfiction)

Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7

World champion high jumper Chaunté Lowe pens the captivating story of her journey from an impoverished childhood full of big dreams and devastating hurdles, to becoming a bronze medal-winning US Olympian.

It's the End of the World and I'm in My Bathing Suit  

By Justin A. Reynolds

Middle Grade

Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7

A hilarious new middle-grade from Justin A. Reynolds that asks: What happens when five unsupervised kids face the apocalypse under outrageously silly circumstances?

Nightmare Island  

By Shakirah Bourne

Middle Grade

Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7

Dubby Island is home to douens – faceless children with backward feet who are trapped in limbo between the world of the living and the land of the dead. Unless Serenity acts soon, her brother is going to join their ranks.

The Library of Broken Worlds  

By Alaya Dawn Johnson

Young Adult

Ages 14 And Up, Grades 9 And Up

A girl matches wits with a war god in this kaleidoscopic, thought-provoking tale of oppression and the cost of peace, where stories hide within other stories, and narrative has the power to heal - or to burn everything in its path.

The Witchery #2: Shadow Coven

By S. Isabelle

Young Adult

Ages 14 And Up, Grades 9 And Up

The Haunting Season has ended, but dark magic lurks in the shadows in this deadly sequel to The Witchery.