Since 1976, Americans have celebrated Black History Month each February — a time to honor the accomplishments of African Americans in the United States. Bring this celebration into your classroom with these 35 fiction and nonfiction books your students will cherish.

The titles in this list cover critical time periods like the Great Depression and the civil rights movement as well as the lives of influential African American leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., Ruby Bridges, Duke Ellington, and Rosa Parks, among others. Plus, share fictional stories that draw on themes of Black history that feature strong African American leads with your students that they'll love.

Shop amazing books for Black History Month below! You can find all books and activities at The Teacher Store.