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Reading List for Black History Month

Reading List for Black History Month

Age Level 6-9

28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World

By: Charles Smith

Illustrated by: Shane Evans

Genre: Nonfiction 

Each day in the book features a different influential figure in African American history.

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All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom

By: Angela Johnson

Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis

Genre: Poetry, Historical Fiction

The story of Juneteenth told through the eyes of a little girl.

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Fly High! The Story of Bessie Coleman

By: Louise Borden, Mary Kay Kroeger

Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

Bessie Coleman grew up picking cotton in Texas but later became the first African American woman aviator.

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Age Level: 3-6

A Chair for My Mother

By: Vera Williams

Genre: Fiction

A Caldecott Honor book. A fire destroys Rosa’s family home. They save their money to purchase a big chair. This book celebrates family, love, and strength. There is also a Spanish version of this book.

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Amazing Grace

By: Mary Hoffman

Illustrated by: Caroline Binch

Genre: Fiction

Grace wants to play Peter Pan in a school play but some kids tell her she can’t play that part because of the way she looks. Grace’s grandmother helps Grace realize that she can she can do anything if she puts in the effort.

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Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti

By: Gerald McDermott

Genre: Fiction, Folk Tales, Fairytales

The Ashanti legend of how the Moon was placed in the sky.

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Bigmama’s

By: Donald Crews

Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

This autobiographical book tells the story of the narrator’s summers with his grandmother, Bigmama.

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Age 9-12

Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglas, a Monumental American Man

By: Tonya Bolden

Genre: Biography, Nonfiction

This is an engaging look at the life and contributions of Frederick Douglas.

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How to Build a Museum: Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

By: Tonya Bolden

Genre: Nonfiction

The first national museum whose mission is to illuminate the important contributions of African Americans is opening. Award-winning author Tonya Bolden has written an engaging chronicle of how all the ideas, ambitions, and actual objects came together in one amazing museum.

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Age 13-16

March: Book One

By: John Lewis, Andrew Aydin

Illustrated by: Nate Powell

Genre: Biography, Nonfiction

John Lewis, son of a sharecropper, grew up to be an activist and a U.S. Congressman. He played a crucial role in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. This Biography tells his story.

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The Gold Cadillac

By: Mildred Taylor

Illustrated By: Michael Hays

Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

Lois and Wilma are proud when their dad buys a brand new gold Cadillac; except their mom won’t ride in it. On a road trip they realize they are getting glances of suspicion about a black man having such a nice car. Lois sees racism for the first time.

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Black Enough

By: Ibi Zoboi and 17 Contributors

Genre:  Realistic Fiction

What does it mean to be black? This eye opening book covers various black contributor’s definition of being black.

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Ages 16+

The Hate U Give

By: Thomas, Angie

Genre: Fiction

After witnessing her friend’s death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter’s life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

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Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now

By: Dana L. Davis

Genre: Fiction 

Tiffany lost her mom to cancer and has to leave her hometown of Chicago to go live with her biological father who she has never known. Her father is rich and lives a totally different lifestyle than what she’s used to. Tiffany has a secret. Another man claims to be Tiffany’s real dad.

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Meet Cute

By: Cotungo, Katie; LaCoour, Nina; Zoboi, Lbi Aanu; McGee, Katharine; Shepard, Sara; Russo, Meredith; Clayton, Dhonielle; Lord, Emery; Arrmentrout, Jennifer; Davies, Jocelyn; Morgan, Kass; Murphy, Julie; Fitzpatrick, Huntley; and Yoon, Nichola

Genre: Short Stories 

A collection of short stories exploring the moment when a couple meets for the first time.

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