Black History in the Children’s Collection

Looking for books to read with your children this Black History Month? We’re highlighting books by Black creators this February. This selection list includes biographies of Black trailblazers and game changers, important moments from our history, and collections of tales and folklore passed down through generations.

Interested? You can request any of these books through the links below. ***Starred choices are available as digital downloads in hoopla or Libby!

Thank you to Angie Webb for curating this list.

Cover of "Althea Gibson: The story of tennis' fleet-of-foot girl"
Little leaders: bold women in Black history. By Vashti Harrison (Request it here) *** (Digital version)
Before she was Harriet: the story of Harriet Tubman by Lesa Cline-Ransome (Request it here)
Sojourner Truth: ain’t I a woman? by Pat McKissack (Request it here)
Promises to keep: how Jackie Robinson changed America by Sharon Robinson (Request it here)
Althea Gibson: the story of tennis’ fleet-of-foot girl by Megan Reid (Request it here)
Rosa by Nikki Giovanni (Request it here) *** (Digital Version)
The story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Johnny Ray Moore (Request it here)
Bad news for outlaws: the remarkable life of Bass Reeves, deputy U.S. Marshall by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (Request it here) *** (Digital Version)
Let ‘er buck! George Fletcher, the people’s champion by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (Request it here) ***Cover of book "Bad News for outlaws: The remarkable life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal (Digital Version)
Hammering for freedom: the William Lewis story by Rita L. Hubbard (Request it here)
Searching for Sarah Rector: the richest Black girl in America by Tonya Bolden (Request it here)
Muhammad Ali: the greatest by Susan Brophy Down (Request it here)
The highest tribute: Thurgood Marshall’s life, leadership and legacy by Kekla Magoon (Request it here)
Facing Frederick: the life of Frederick Douglass, a monumental American man by Tonya Bolden (Request it here) *** (Digital Version)
R-E-S-P-E-C-T : Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul by Carole Boston Weatherford (Request it here)
Cover of book "Her Stories: African American folktales, fairy tales, and true tales"
Her Stories: African American folktales, fairy tales, and true tales by Virginia Hamilton (Request it here)
The dark-thirty: Southern tales of the supernatural by Pat McKissack (Request it here)
Ananse’s feast : an Ashanti tale / retold by Tololwa M. Mollel (Request it here)
Other Non Fiction
Remember: the journey to school integration by Toni Morrison (Request it here) Cover of book "Underground" by Shane W. Evans
Underground by Shane W. Evans (Request it here)   
Big star fallin’ mama: five women in Black music by Hettie Jones (Request it here)
Black lives matter by Duchess Harris, JD, PhD (Request it here)