What are you reading this Black History Month? All month long, we'll be sharing Black stories that bring Black history to the present, celebrate self-acceptance, and take us on both every day and unexpected adventures. Join us with these fantastic books.
Black History for Here and Now
I Am Ruby Bridges
By Ruby Bridges and Illustrated By Nikkolas Smith
Ruby Bridges tells her story of the momentous day in 1960 when she became the first Black child to integrate the all-white William Franz Elementary as a six-year-old little girl -- a personal and intimate look through a child's lens at a landmark moment in our Civil Rights history.
Stand Up! 10 Mighty Women Who Made a Change
By Brittney Cooper and Illustrated By Cathy Ann Johnson
A powerful, groundbreaking picture book debut introducing young readers to ten revolutionary Black women—both historical and contemporary—who changed the world for the better, inspiring readers today to know their strength, to be brave, and to STAND UP!
Just Like Jesse Owens
By Ambassador Andrew Young as told by Paula Young Shelton and Illustrated By Gordon C. James
Civil rights icon, Ambassador Andrew Young and his daughter, Paula Young Shelton, deliver a powerful oral history about a special day in Andrew’s childhood that changed him forever. This story of race relations in the 1930s South is illustrated by bestselling Caldecott Honor winner Gordon C. James.
Because of You, John Lewis
By Andrea Davis Pinkney and Illustrated By Keith Henry Brown
An inspiring story of a friendship between Congressman John Lewis and ten-year-old Tybre Faw by New York Times bestselling and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney.
We Are Here
By Tami Charles and Illustrated By Bryan Collier
Lyrical, affirmational, and bursting with love, We Are Here is a poignant story about Black and brown heritage and community. This follow-up to All Because You Matter offers an equally inspirational and arresting ode to all of the Black women and men throughout history.
I Love My Beautiful Hair
By Elissa Wentt
Little EJ is so excited to join her mom and grandmommy for her first-ever trip to the hair salon. She wants to find a special hair style, but with so many options...how can she choose? I Love My Beautiful Hair celebration family tradition and natural hair in an adorable rhyming board book format!
I Color Myself Different
By Colin Kaepernick and Illustrated By Eric Wilkerson
From celebrated athlete and activist Colin Kaepernick comes a story of self-discovery, identity, and self-esteem based on real events in young Colin's life.
By Kacen Callender
Kacen Callender, National Book Award winner of King and the Dragonflies, delivers a stunning novel that invites readers into a child’s struggles with mental health, and their journey to wholeness.
By Akim Aliu and Greg Anderson Elysée and Illustrated By Karen De la Vega
An honest, powerful graphic novel memoir about hope, hockey, and never giving up from professional athlete and activist Akim Aliu. "With honesty and courage, Akim Aliu's Dreamer will inspire readers of all ages to move confidently in the direction of their future." - Colin Kaepernick
More Than Peach
By Bellen Woodard and Illustrated By Fanny Liem
Penned by the very first Crayon Activist, Bellen Woodard, this picture book will tug at readers' heartstrings and inspire them to make a difference! Bellen’s wisdom and self-confidence are sure to encourage any young reader looking to use their voice to make even great spaces better!
Expect the Unexpected
Ages 12 and Up
Logan is a new witch struggling to control her powers as she begins the new school year at Mesmortes Coven Academy. With the Haunting Season approaching, Wolves will soon rise from the swamp to kill. The humans and witches must work together to survive the yearly onslaught.
By Lamar Giles
Ages 12 and Up
The latest page-turning thriller from Lamar Giles, author of Spin and Overturned! This speculative horror novel breaks down social justice, race in America, and capitalism.
Last Gate of the Emperor
By Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel Makonnen
This amazing new book from bestselling author Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel David Makonnen is an Afrofuturist adventure about a mythical Ethiopian empire. Sci-fi and fantasy combine in this epic journey to the stars.
By Remi Blackwood
A boy finds a portal to a legendary world in his local barbershop...and learns he's the hero they've been waiting for in this thrilling, highly-illustrated series debut. Perfect for younger fans of Black Panther and Last Gate of the Emperor!
A Girl's Guide to Love & Magic
By Debbie Rigaud
Ages 12 and Up
Perfect for fans of The Sun Is Also a Star and Blackout, this YA novel from Debbie Rigaud is a celebration of Haitian and Caribbean culture, and a story of first love, vodou, and finding yourself, all set against the backdrop of the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn.
Leon the Extraordinary
By Jamar Nicholas
In a world full of superheroes - and supervillains - how can an ordinary kid like Leon prove he has what it takes to be a hero? Equal parts New kid and The Incredibles, Leon is the first in a new action-packed, heartfelt, and joyously funny series.
It's the End of the World and I'm in My Bathing Suit
By Justin A. Reynolds
A hilarious new middle-grade from Justin A. Reynolds that asks: What happens when five unsupervised kids face the apocalypse under outrageously silly circumstances?
The Tyrell Show: Season One
By Miles Grose and Illustrated By Shaz Enrico Lym
A highly illustrated, funny, and heartwarming story from the point of view of a precocious 11-year-old boy, Tyrell, who copes with his day-to-day stress by hosting an imaginary real-time podcast in his head!