Black History Month Reads

Our booksellers are fantastic folks with expertise in a wide variety of areas, but we're not without our limitations.  If you've looked through our Meet the Staff page, you've probably noticed that, broadly speaking, we're pretty white.  While reading diversely is always a priority of ours, we also acknowledge that we are by no means the most qualified booksellers when it comes to identifying and championing books that speak to what it means to be Black in America.

That's why, this Black History Month, we wanted to connect with some of the people and organizations that are doing incredible work in reading and promoting Black literature every day, as well as sharing some of our favorite stories for all ages by Black authors and about Black characters. 

Take a moment to check out some of these fantastic resources and find the perfect diverse read for you and your child this month and every month after.

We Need Diverse Books

Well Read Black Girl

NoName's Book Club

Good Books Atlanta

The Livre Cafe

The Brown Bookshelf

The NAACP Image Awards

Children's Africana Book Award

Coretta Scott King Award

Just Like a Mama Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534461833
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Denene Millner Books/Simon & Schuster Books f - January 14th, 2020

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read Cover Image
By Rita Lorraine Hubbard, Oge Mora (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524768287
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Schwartz & Wade - January 7th, 2020

An inspirational picture book biography about Mary Walker's lifelong determination to learn.


Stop That Yawn! Cover Image
By Caron Levis, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481441797
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 16th, 2018

In this unique bed time story, Gabby Wild convinces her grandmother to go on a wild ride to Never Sleeping City where everyone stays up all night. When Granny lets a yawn slip out, it is up to Gabby to catch the contagious yawn before it's too late! With strong female characters, gorgeous illustrations and a hilarious story, this picture book is perfect for all ages.

 


Saturday Cover Image
By Oge Mora (By (artist))
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316431279
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 22nd, 2019

In this heartfelt picture book by award winning author Oge Mora, a girl and her mother anticipate their special Saturday routine. Not everything works out as planned though, reminding us that time spent together is what matters most.

 


The Undefeated Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328780966
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Versify - April 2nd, 2019

Kwame Alexander's The Undefeated was a big hit with this year's award judges, winning the Caldecott Medal and Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration as well as  being honored by the Newbery Medal.


Mia Mayhem Is a Superhero! Cover Image
By Kara West, Leeza Hernandez (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781534432697
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little Simon - December 18th, 2018

Mia Macarooney, a completely ordinary 8 year old, finds out that she is a superhero! This action packed series has short chapters and illustrations on every page, perfect for beginning readers.


Ghost Boys Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316262262
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

Dragons in a Bag Cover Image
By Zetta Elliott, Geneva B (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781524770488
Availability: Available to ship immediately (not yet in store)
Published: Yearling - August 13th, 2019

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481438285
Availability: Available to ship immediately (not yet in store)
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 8th, 2019

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Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368039932
Availability: Available to ship immediately (not yet in store)
Published: Rick Riordan Presents - October 15th, 2019

Blending West African mythology and African-American folk tales, this new series from Rick Riordan Presents is a staff favorite. It has everything you need in a good middle grade novel; strong character development, a thought provoking message and so much humor.


Clean Getaway Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984892973
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 7th, 2020

Bestselling author Nic Stone makes her middle grade debut in this heartwarming road trip story exploring inequality both past and present.


Child of the Dream (A Memoir of 1963) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338282801
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - September 3rd, 2019

The Fierce 44: Black Americans Who Shook Up the World Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328940629
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - December 24th, 2019

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525555483
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 17th, 2019

Pet Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525647072
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Make Me a World - September 10th, 2019

The Good Luck Girls Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250299703
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Published: Tor Teen - October 1st, 2019

SLAY Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534445420
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Published: Simon Pulse - September 24th, 2019

Kingdom of Souls Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062870957
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Published: HarperTeen - September 3rd, 2019

Dread Nation Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062570611
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - June 4th, 2019

Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from World War II to Peace Cover Image
By Ashley Bryan, Ashley Bryan (Illustrator)
$21.99
ISBN: 9781534404908
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 15th, 2019