Celbrate Black History Month With These Great Books

and local events

By Jenny Sites February 8, 2024

The ABCs of Black History

By: Rio Cortez

About the Book: This book takes a rhyming journey through the alphabet of Black History creating a great jumping-off place for family discussion. (Age recommendation: Pre-school and early elementary)

The Underground Railroad

By: Kate Messner

From the "History Smashers" graphic novel series, this book explains the unorganized Underground Railroad in a kid-friendly way using illustrations and sidebars in addition to the graphic panels. (Age recommendation: Upper Elementary to Middle School) 

Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa

By Andrea Davis & Brian Pinkney 

About the book: Ella Fitzgerald began her life as a singer on the stage of the Apollo Theater at 17. Her incredible voice has won her generations of fans around the world. Author Andrea Davis Pinkney tells Ella's inspiring story in the voice of Scat Cat Monroe -- a feline Fitzgerald fan. The book's fantastical images are done by two-time Caldecott Honor winner Brian Pinkney. (Age recommendation: 5-9 Years)

Monster: A Graphic Novel

By Walter Dean Myers and Guy A. Sims, and illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile

About the book: Monster, which has won numerous prestigious awards, is a coming-of-age story by Walter Dean Myers about a teenager awaiting trial for murder and robbery. He envisions how his life would play out on the big screen as he gets used to juvenile detention and goes to trial. Monster was adapted into a graphic novel by Guy Sims and Dawud Anyabwile. (Age recommendation: High school)


By Maya Angelou

About the book: The celebrated Maya Angelou is known for writing from the heart. Her poetry is vibrant, moving, and eye-opening. 

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