50 Must-Read Books for Black History Month & Beyond

  • 50 Must Read Books for BHM

  • Preschool Books

    I am Jackie Robinson

    Ordinary People Change the World: I am Jackie Robinson
    By Brad Meltzer

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My DaughtersOf thee I Sing
    By Barack Obama

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This is the Rope This is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration
    By Jacqueline Woodson

     

     

     

     



    I am Rosa Parks I Am Rosa Parks
    By Brad Meltzer

     

     

     

     

     

    I, Too, Am American I, Too, Am America
    By Langston Hughes

     

     

     

     



    Trombone Shorty Trombone Shorty
    By Troy Andrews

     

     

     

     

     

    Hair Love Hair Love
    By Matthew A. Cherry

     

     

     

     

     


    A Poem For Peter A Poem for Peter
    By Andrea Davis Pinkney

     

     

     

     

     

    Mae Among the Stars Mae Among the Stars
    By Roda Ahmed

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Dream Big, Little One Dream Big, Little One
    By Vashti Harrison

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela
    By Kadir Nelson

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Thank you, Omu! Thank You Omu!
    By Oge Mora

     

     

     

     

     

     

       

  • Middle & High School Books

    Through My Eyes Through My Eyes
    By Ruby Bridges

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule
    By Harriette Gillem Robinet

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Portraits of African-American Heroes Portraits of African-American Heroes
    By Tonya Bolden

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Watson go to Birmingham The Watson go to Birmingham - 1963
    By Christopher Paul Curtis

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Promises to Keep Promises to Keep
    By Sharon Robinson

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Heart and Soul Heart and Soul
    By Kadir Nelson

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Greatest: Muhammad Ali The Greatest: Muhammad Ali
    By Walter Deam Myers

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Brown Girl Dreaming Brown Girl Dreaming
    By Jacqueline Woodson

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Hate U Give The Hate U Give
    By Angie Thomas

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Long Way Down Long Way Down
    By Jason Reynolds

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Belles The Belles
    By Dhonielle Clayton

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Elementary School Books

    Henrys Freedom Box Henry’s Freedom Box
    By Jane Addams Peace

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Five Brave Explorers Five Brave Explorers
    By Wade Hudson

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Five Notable Inventors Five Notable Inventors
    By Wade Hudson

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Step-Stomp Stride Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride
    By Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney

     

     

     

     

     

     

    28 Days 28 Days
    By Charles R. Smith, Jr.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
    By William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Mighty Miss Malone The Mighty Miss Malone
    By Christopher Paul Curtis

     

     

     

     

     


    March On! March On!
    By Christine King Farris

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Hero Two Doors Down The Hero Two Doors Down
    By Sharon Robinson

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Salt in His Shoes Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream
    By Deloris Jordan

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
    By Vashti Harrison

     

     

     

     


     

    Young, Gifted, and Black Young, Gifted, and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes From Past and Present
    By Jamia Wilson

     

     

     

     

     

      

     

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    Dear Martin Dear Martin
    By Nic Stone

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Stamped Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
    By Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Monster Monster
    By Walter Dean Myers

     

     

     

     

     

     

    March: Book One March: Book One
    By John Lewis

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Piecing Me Together Piecing Me Together
    By Renee Watson

     

     

     

     

     

     

    You Don’t Even Know Me You Don’t Even Know Me
    By Sharon Flake

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Turning Fifteen on the Road to Freedom Turning Fifteen on the Road to Freedom
    By Lynda Blackmon Lowery

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Who Put This Song On? Who Put This Song On? 
    By Morgan Parker

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Children of Blood and Bone Children of Blood and Bone
    By Tomi Adeyemi

     

     

     

     

     

     

    One Last Word: Wisdom From the Harlem Renaissance One Last Word: Wisdom From the Harlem Renaissance
    By Nikki Grimes

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Genesis Begins Again Genesis Begins Again
    By Alicia D. Williams