Black History Month Book List

“Black history is American history” – Morgan Freeman.

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Give yourself time this month to reflect on how Black and African American individuals have shaped this country. During this month, let’s spend time recognizing the contributions that Black Americans have made to our nation. Have you read anything by a Black author recently? Listened to music performed by a Black entertainer? Investigated and learned more about Black inventors, politicians, activists, artists? 

This month, try to expand your horizons beyond the familiar and reach for something new. As always, we’ll be here for suggestions and resources!

Additional Resources

Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, grew from Negro History Week, which Carter G. Woodson initiated in 1925. The weeklong event was extremely popular and supported, and in 1976 Gerald Ford recognized the whole month of February as one in which the nation would honor the history of Black Americans.

Association for the Study of African American Life and History: Learn about the Origins of Black History Month Click Here. 

More About African American History Month Click Here.

Black History Month Book List


Picture books

Chapter Books

  • A Girl Named Misty by Kelly Starling Lyons Book
  • The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine Book  | Book  | CD Audiobook
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia Book
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor Book | Libby- eAudiobook
  • Who Was Jackie Robinson? By Gail Herman Book
  • Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen by Sherri L. Smith Book
  • Young, Gifted, and Black by Jamia Wilson Book