More Books for Black History Month

Here are my latest favorites — by no means an exhaustive list — just books that have been published recently or I’ve just read recently (and some older favorites) that include or are written by people of color.  There are SO many great books out there and for most of the ones listed here you can look up the author to find a greater selection of their wonderful books.  I also can’t help include African themes in African-American History Month.

Novels, Non-Fiction:

The Mighty Miss Malone, Christopher Paul Curtis

Bird in a Box, Andrea Davis Pinkney

Camo Girl, Kekla Magoon

The Rock and the River, Kekla Magoon

Tyrell, Coe Booth

Flygirl, Sherri L. Smith

One Crazy Summer, Rita Williams Garcia

Claudette Colvin:  Twice Toward Justice, Phillip Hoose

Chains, Laurie Halse Anderson

Zora and Me, Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon

Mare’s War, Tanita S. Davis

The First Part Last, Angela Johnson

The Lions of Little Rock, Kristin Levine

Glory Be, Augusta Scattergood

A Long Walk to Water:  Based on a True Story, Linda Sue Park

Lost Boy, Lost Girl:  Escaping Civil War in Sudan, John Bul Dau and Martha Arual Akech

Bad News for Outlaws:  The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall, Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Tyrone Geter

They Called Themselves the KKK:  The Birth of an American Terrorist Group, Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Picture Books:

We Are America, Walter Dean Myers

Of Thee I Sing, Barrack Obama

Ashley Bryan:  Words to My Life’s Song, Ashley Bryan

Ruth and the Green Book, Calvin Alexander Ramsey

Martin’s Big Words, Doreen Rappaport

My People, Langston Hughes with Photographs by Charles R. Smith, Jr.

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

Let it Shine:  Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, Andrea Davis Pinkney

Sit In:  How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down, Andrea Davis Pinkney

The Other Side, Jacqueline Woodson

One Million Men and Me, Kelly Starling Lyons

Through My Eyes Ruby Bridges, Ruby Bridges

Rosa, Nikki Giovanni

Back of the Bus, Aaron Reynolds

Mandela:  From the Life of the South African Statesman, Floyd Cooper

Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa, Jeanette Winter

Odetta:  The Queen of Folk, Stephen Alcorn

One Hen:  How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference, Katie Smith Milway

Dave the Potter:  Artist, Poet, Slave, Laban Carrick Hill

Minty:  A Story of Young Harriet Tubman, Alan Schroeder

Underground, Shane W. Evans


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