Books That Celebrate Black History Month

Check out our curated list from Scholastic librarian Deimosa Webber-Bey, beginning with books for your toddler all the way up to young adults.
By Scholastic Parents Staff
Feb 27, 2017



Books That Celebrate Black History Month

Feb 27, 2017

In the fourth installment of our Facebook Live video series, Live From Our Library, Scholastic Librarian Deimosa Webber-Bey revealed her recommendations for Black History Month reads. These titles celebrate historical figures and important moments in history, African-American authors and more. From books for beginning readers to important YA titles that parents may want to pick up themselves, take a look at the list below. 

You can also watch the Live Chat here:

Early Elementary:

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty 

Fort Mose: And the Story of the Man Who Built the First Free Black Settlement in Colonial America by Glennette Tilley Turner

Ruby Bridges (Rookie Biographies) by Simone T. Ribke

Barack Obama (Rookie Biographies) by Joanne Mattern

Mae Jemison (Rookie Biographies) by Jodie Shepherd

Bessie Coleman: Trailblazing Pilot (Rookies Biographies) by Carol Alexander

Serena Williams (Rookie Biographies) by Jodie Shepherd

Ron's Big Mission by Rose Blue & Corinne J. Naden

Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell

Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman by Nikki Grimes

The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko

Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World In Poetry and Pictures  by Kwame Alexander 

Late Elementary:

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina by Rodman Philbrick

Touch the Sky: MY Solo Flight Around the World by Barrington Irving & Holly Peppe

Home Court (STAT Series) by Amar'e Stoudemire

10 True Tales: Young Civil Rights Heroes by Allan Zullo 

Middle Grade:

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer

The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis

Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt 

High School:

Superman vs. Muhammad Ali by Neal Adams & Denny O'Neil

March: Book One (March Series) by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell

The Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PH.D.  

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot 

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