Black History Month

Know Our Past, Understand Our Future

When we honor Black heritage, we recognize the history, the endurance, and the influence of Black culture. When we read stories with positive representations of Black characters, we affirm Black identity. When we celebrate black contributions to society, we teach our students about the historical victories we must continue to defend, and should do so beyond the month of February.

How will your classroom or library observe Black History Month, and incorporate these books into your programs all year long?

Hear a Special Message from the Creators of Black Boy Joy!

Black Boy Joy

Black Boy Joy By Edited by Kwame Mbalia


Celebrate the joys of Black boyhood with stories from seventeen bestselling, critically acclaimed Black authors—including Jason Reynolds, Jerry Craft, and Kwame Mbalia.

★ "Pick up Black Boy Joy for a heavy dose of happiness." —Booklist, starred review

Black boy joy is…
Picking out a fresh first-day-of-school outfit.
Saving the universe in an epic intergalactic race.
Finding your voice—and your rhymes—during tough times.
Flying on your skateboard like nobody’s watching.
And more! From seventeen acclaimed Black male and non-binary authors comes a vibrant collection of stories, comics, and poems about the power of joy and the wonders of Black boyhood.

Contributors include: B. B. Alston, Dean Atta, P. Djèlí Clark, Jay Coles, Jerry Craft, Lamar Giles, Don P. Hooper, George M. Johnson, Varian Johnson, Kwame Mbalia, Suyi Davies Okungbowa, Tochi Onyebuchi, Julian Randall, Jason Reynolds, Justin Reynolds, DaVaun Sanders, and Julian Winters

Picture Books

My Little Golden Book About Kamala Harris
Becoming Vanessa
Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky
C Is for Country
Cool Cuts
Happy Hair
Harlem's Little Blackbird
I'm Growing Great
Mirandy and Brother Wind
Child of the Civil Rights Movement
Double Bass Blues
Dream Street
I Have a Dream
Just Like Me
Marley and the Family Band 
Nana Akua Goes to School
No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas
Shirley Chisholm Dared
That Is My Dream!
The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read
The People Could Fly: The Picture Book
What Is Given from the Heart
Tar Beach
A Place Where Hurricanes Happen
Stitchin' and Pullin'
Let's Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!
My Dream of Martin Luther King
Only Passing Through
The Champ: The Story of Muhammad Ali
The Faith of Elijah Cummings

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Middle Grade & Chapter Books

Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer (Step Into Reading, Step 4)
Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero
Anthony Burns
Brave. Black. First.
Clean Getaway
Fast Pitch
Jake the Fake Keeps it Real
Love Double Dutch!
Marcus Makes a Movie
Porch Lies
Take Back the Block
The Dark-Thirty
The Season of Styx Malone
The Swag Is in the Socks
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963: 25th Anniversary Edition
Trailblazers: Beyoncé
Trailblazers: Harriet Tubman
Trailblazers: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Trailblazers: Simone Biles
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices
I Am Rosa Parks
Black Boy Joy
Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers
Bud, Not Buddy
The People Could Fly
The Stars Beneath Our Feet
The Talk
This Is Your Time
145th Street: Short Stories

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Young Adult

Dreams from My Father (Adapted for Young Adults)
Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition, Adapted for Young Adults)
Mare's War
Notes from a Young Black Chef (Adapted for Young Adults)
The Beautiful Struggle (Adapted for Young Adults)
The Gilded Ones
The Sun Is Also a Star
This Is My America
Dear Justyce
Dear Martin
Full Disclosure
Off the Record
Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman

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Coretta Scott King Award Titles

Mirandy and Brother Wind
I Have a Dream
The People Could Fly: The Picture Book
What Is Given from the Heart
Tar Beach
Only Passing Through
The Dark-Thirty
The Season of Styx Malone
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963: 25th Anniversary Edition
Bud, Not Buddy
The People Could Fly
The Stars Beneath Our Feet
Mare's War
The Sun Is Also a Star

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