Black History Month Book Reccomndations

February is Black History Month.

Choose your next great read from this list of books and celebrate Black History Month today, and every day!

An American Story (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner) By Kwame Alexander, Dare Coulter (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Dare Coulter (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316473125
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 3rd, 2023

A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Book
A 2023 New York Times Best Children's Book
A 2023 Publisher's Weekly Best Picture Book
An NPR Best Book of the Year

#1 New York Times Bestselling and award-winning author of The Undefeated, Kwame Alexander, pens a powerful picture book that tells the stor


I’m From By Gary R. Gray Jr, Oge Mora (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Gary R. Gray Jr, Oge Mora (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063089969
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 19th, 2023

A poetic, heartwarming ode to the small, defining moments of a boy’s life, by a brilliant new debut and a Caldecott Honoree. For fans of Last Stop on Market Street. 

Early morning wakeups and homemade pancakes, 

Raucous bus rides and schoolyard games, 

Family games and bedtime rituals… 


Coretta: The Autobiography of Mrs. Coretta Scott King By Coretta Scott King, Ekua Holmes (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Coretta Scott King, Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250167101
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Published: Godwin Books - January 2nd, 2024

Celebrate the life of the extraordinary civil and human rights activist Coretta Scott King with this picture book adaptation of her critically acclaimed adult memoir.


There Was a Party for Langston By Jason Reynolds, Jerome Pumphrey (Illustrator), Jarrett Pumphrey (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Jerome Pumphrey (Illustrator), Jarrett Pumphrey (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534439443
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 3rd, 2023

A Caldecott Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Jason Reynolds’s debut picture book is a snappy, joyous ode to Word King, literary genius, and glass-ceiling smasher Langston Hughes and the luminaries he inspired.

Back in the day, there was a heckuva party, a jam, for a word-m


What Is Black Lives Matter? (Who HQ Now) By Lakita Wilson, Who HQ, Gregory Copeland (Illustrator) Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9780593385883
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Published: Penguin Workshop - September 21st, 2021

From the #1 New York Times bestselling series comes the latest title in the Who HQ Now format for trending topics. It tells the history of a political and social movement that advocates for non-violent civil disobedience and protests against incidents of police brutality--and all racially motivated violence--against Black people.


We Dream a World: Carrying the Light From My Grandparents Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King By Yolanda Renee King, Nicole Tadgell (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338753974
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Published: Orchard Books - January 2nd, 2024

The granddaughter of Martin Luther King, Jr.


The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store: A Novel By James McBride Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593422946
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 8th, 2023

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY NPR/FRESH AIR, WASHINGTON POST, THE NEW YORKER, AND TIME MAGAZINE

ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2023


All the Sinners Bleed: A Novel By S. A. Cosby Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250831910
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 6th, 2023

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • USA Today Bestseller • Washington Post’s The Twelve Best Thrillers of the Year • TIME’s 100 Must Read Books of the Year • Goodreads Choice Award Nominee • USA Today’s Best Reviewed Books of the Year • BookPage's Best Mystery of the Year • Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of the Year • New York Times Book Re


Symphony of Secrets: A novel By Brendan Slocumb Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593315453
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Published: Vintage - January 23rd, 2024

A gripping page-turner from the celebrated author of book club favorite The Violin Conspiracy: Music professor Bern Hendricks discovers a shocking secret about the most famous American composer of all time—his music may have been stolen from a Black Jazz Age prodigy named Josephine Reed.


Flee North: A Forgotten Hero and the Fight for Freedom in Slavery's Borderland By Scott Shane Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781250843210
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Published: Celadon Books - September 19th, 2023

A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Book of the Year


Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom By Ilyon Woo Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781501191060
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 16th, 2024

One of The New York Times’s 10 Best Books of 2023
New York Times Bestseller
Named a best book of 2023 by The New Yorker, Time, NPR, Smithsonian Magazine, and Oprah Daily

The remarkable true story of Ellen and William Craft, who escaped slavery through daring, determination, and disguise, with


African Founders: How Enslaved People Expanded American Ideals By David Hackett Fischer Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781982145095
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 31st, 2022

In this sweeping, foundational work, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David Hackett Fischer draws on extensive research to show how enslaved Africans and their descendants enlarged American ideas of freedom in varying ways in different regions of the early United States.

African Founders explores the little-known history of how enslaved people from different regions of A


The Last Slave Ship: The True Story of How Clotilda Was Found, Her Descendants, and an Extraordinary Reckoning By Ben Raines Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781982136154
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 24th, 2023

The “enlightening” (The Guardian) true story of the last ship to carry enslaved people to America, the remarkable town its survivors’ founded after emancipation, and the complicated legacy their descendants carry with them to this day—by the journalist who discovered the ship’s remains.

Fifty years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed, the


Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom By David W. Blight Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9781416590323
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 7th, 2020

**Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History**

“Extraordinary…a great American biography” (The New Yorker) of the most important African American of the 19th century: Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era.

As a young man Frederick Douglass (1818&


Redwood Court (Reese's Book Club): Fiction By DéLana R. A. Dameron Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593447024
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Published: The Dial Press - February 6th, 2024

REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK • A “nuanced, brilliant” (Essence) debut about one unforgettable Southern Black family and its youngest daughter’s coming of age in the 1990s.


Half American: The Heroic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad By Matthew F. Delmont Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781984880413
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Published: Penguin Books - January 9th, 2024

The definitive history of World War II from the African American perspective, by award-winning historian and civil rights expert

Winner of the 2023 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Nonfiction 

A New York Times Notable Book of 2022

A 2022 Book of the Year from TIME, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and more