Black History Month Book List

‘Every child has the right to see themselves reflected in a book.’ – Cressida Cowell, 2019 Children’s Laureate

Are you inspired to highlight books by black authors and those featuring black characters this Black History Month? So are we! We’ve gathered our top picks by black authors that tell both true and fictional stories of black people – through poetry and prose.

Perhaps 2019 Carnegie Winner The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo inspired your readers, and something similar would engage them further.  Maybe seeing someone like them in Joseph Coelho’s Luna Loves Library Day will foster belief in books for an emergent reader.

Whether you need picture books that feature black protagonists, non-fiction that highlights the events and people who shape recent and more distant black history or you want to ensure your library hosts a diverse range of titles by black authors to mirror the diversity of your school, our Black History Month Book List will simplify your search.

Widen the scope of all your readers this Black History Month and beyond.

Primary Fiction – Picture Books

Secondary Fiction