Black History & Culture

Juneteenth

Friday, June 16, 2023.

Juneteenth

A celebration of liberation, Juneteenth has been observed by Black American communities for generations.  Just two years ago, it was finally recognized as a federal holiday.

Explore our Juneteenth reading lists for kids and adults, assembled by our booksellers to delve into Black America's history, present, and future.

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MLK Day for Kids

Monday, January 16, 2023.

MLK Day

Observed on the third Monday of January, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day recognizes the life and work of one America's best known civil rights activists.

 Learn more about Dr. King and his legacy, plus find some incredible children's books to share his story — and stories of the ongoing fight for civil rights — with the younger generation.

MLK Day for Kids 


Juneteenth

Sunday, June 19, 2022.

JuneteenthCelebrated June 19th, Juneteenth commemorates America's second independence day: that of enslaved Black Americans.  It is not a celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation, but of the day on which news of Emancipation reached a group of Black Texans who were still enslaved two and a half years after it was first signed into law. As Kevin Young put it in a 2021 opinion piece for the New York Times, "The lesson of Juneteenth is both of celebration and expectation, of freedom deferred but still sought and of the freedoms to come."

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Black History Month: Literature

Saturday, February 5, 2022.

Black History MonthFebruary is Black History Month!  This month, we celebrate Black culture, history, struggle, and triumph.  Black history is an integral part of American history (and world history in general), but for too long, Black stories have been pushed to the margins.  This month is part of an ongoing effort to shed light on Black stories, and to prioritize voices that have been sidelined and silenced.  This month we're be putting the spotlight on all kinds of great reads from Black authors—and today, were starting with literature.

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Juneteenth

Friday, June 18th, 2021

Book cover: Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper

 

 

Yesterday, Juneteenth was officially established as a national holiday!  But what does Juneteenth celebrate, and why is it important?  Check out this article for a quick history, and for a list of recommended books about Juneteenth and Black American history.

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Black Author Preorder

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Book cover; Seven Days in June by Tia WilliamsPreorders are great for a lot of reasons. Not only do they help to support the authors you love, but they also help to ensure you can get your hands on your copy as soon as possible! This Black History Month, we wanted to highlight some of the upcoming titles from Black authors that are on our radar. From beloved authors like Colson Whitehead and Nic Stone to incredible debuts you're not going to want to miss, you're guaranteed to find a book you're excited about on this list.

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