Biographies

These biographies of notable Black Americans throughout the nation's history, many of whom brought about changes great and small that improved this country in countless ways. 

You can find many biographies of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on our page celebrating his birthday

Because Claudette By Tracey Baptiste, Tonya Engel (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tracey Baptiste, Tonya Engel (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780593326404
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Published: Dial Books - February 1st, 2022

From NYT bestselling author Tracey Baptiste comes a singular picture book that is both a biography about Claudette Colvin, the teen whose activism launched the Montgomery bus boycott, and a celebration of collective action.


Stacey’s Extraordinary Words By Stacey Abrams, Kitt Thomas (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Stacey Abrams, Kitt Thomas (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780063209473
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Published: Balzer + Bray - December 28th, 2021

#1 New York Times bestseller and NAACP Image Award winner! The debut picture book from iconic voting rights advocate and bestselling author Stacey Abrams is an inspiring tale of determination, based on her own childhood. 


National Geographic Readers: Kamala Harris (Level 2) By Tonya Grant Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781426373251
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Published: National Geographic Kids - January 4th, 2022

Explore one of the most powerful and highest-ranking female figures in American history with this biography of Vice President Kamala Harris in this Level 2 reader.


I, Matthew Henson: Polar Explorer By Carole Boston Weatherford, Eric Velasquez (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781547608966
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - January 25th, 2022

The inspiring story of the Black explorer who made the first successful expedition to the North Pole.


The Faith of Elijah Cummings: The North Star of Equal Justice By Carole Boston Weatherford, Laura Freeman (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593306505
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Published: Random House Studio - January 11th, 2022

Congressman and civil rights advocate Elijah Cummings dedicated his life to public service. This comprehensive and visually stunning biography details his humble beginnings and unwavering faith as he waged an endless battle for truth, justice, and equality.

We can do better.


Carver: A Life in Poems By Marilyn Nelson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635925616
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Published: Wordsong - January 11th, 2022

Newbery Honor Book
National Book Award finalist
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
Boston Globe–Horn Book Award
Flora Stieglitz Straus Award


The Highest Tribute: Thurgood Marshall’s Life, Leadership, and Legacy By Kekla Magoon, Laura Freeman (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kekla Magoon, Laura Freeman (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062912510
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Published: Quill Tree Books - January 5th, 2021

A brilliant picture book biography about Thurgood Marshall, who fought for equality during the Civil Rights Movement and served as the first Black justice on the Supreme Court, from Coretta Scott King Honor winners Kekla Magoon and Laura Freeman.


Run: Book One By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, L. Fury (Illustrator), Nate Powell (Illustrator) Cover Image
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, L. Fury (Illustrator), Nate Powell (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781419730696
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 3rd, 2021

RUN, the Eisner Award-Winner for Best Graphic Memoir, is one of the most heralded books of the year including being named a:
New York Times Top 5 YA Books of the Year · Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens (Young Adult Library Services Association) ·Washington Post Best Books of the Year ·


John Lewis: Ready-to-Read Level 3 (You Should Meet) By Denise Lewis Patrick, Steffi Walthall (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781665907873
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Published: Simon Spotlight - December 14th, 2021

Get to know John Lewis, social justice activist and politician, in this fascinating nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a series of biographies about people “you should meet!”

Meet John Lewis. When John Lewis was a teenager, he asked Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to help integrate a segregated school in his hometown.


Sweet Justice: Georgia Gilmore and the Montgomery Bus Boycott By Mara Rockliff, R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524720643
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Published: Random House Studio - January 11th, 2022

An inspiring picture-book biography about the woman whose cooking helped feed and fund the Montgomery bus boycott of 1956, from an award-winning illustrator.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY New York Public LibraryChicago Public Library


The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read By Rita Lorraine Hubbard, Oge Mora (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rita Lorraine Hubbard, Oge Mora (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781524768287
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Published: Anne Schwartz Books - January 7th, 2020

Imagine learning to read at the age of 116! Discover the true story of Mary Walker, the nation's oldest student who did just that, in this picture book from a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator and a rising star author.


A History of Me By Adrea Theodore, Erin Robinson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Adrea Theodore, Erin Robinson (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780823442577
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Published: Neal Porter Books - January 18th, 2022

An uplifting message of hope for the future and pride in your history, inspired by a mother's experience of being the only Black child in her classroom.

Who do you see when you look in the mirror?
 


Speak Up, Speak Out!: The Extraordinary Life of Fighting Shirley Chisholm By Tonya Bolden Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781426372360
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Published: National Geographic Kids - January 4th, 2022

From award-winning author Tonya Bolden comes a biography of the first Black woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and the first Black woman to run for president with a major political party: Shirley Chisholm.


Shirley Chisholm Is a Verb By Veronica Chambers, Rachelle Baker (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Veronica Chambers, Rachelle Baker (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780803730892
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Published: Dial Books - July 28th, 2020

A timely picture book biography about Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman in Congress, who sought the Democratic nomination to be the president of the United States.


Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis By Jabari Asim, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jabari Asim, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780399168567
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 11th, 2016

A New York Times Best Illustrated Book

Critically acclaimed author Jabari Asim and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator E. B. Lewis give readers a fascinating glimpse into the boyhood of Civil Rights leader John Lewis.
 


“A brilliant work of US history.” —School Library Journal (starred review)
“Gripping.” —BCCB (starred review)
“Accessible…Necessary.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

A National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction, Never Caught is the eye-opening narrative of Ona Judge, G


Ruby, Head High: Ruby Bridge's First Day of School By Irene Cohen-Janca Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781568463414
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Published: Creative Editions - January 8th, 2019

Inspired by an iconic Norman Rockwell painting and translated from an original French text, this is a story about the day a little girl held her head high and changed the world.


Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen? (Who Was?) By Sherri L. Smith, Who HQ, Jake Murray (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sherri L. Smith, Who HQ, Jake Murray (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780399541940
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Published: Penguin Workshop - August 7th, 2018

It's up, up, and away with the Tuskegee Airmen, a heroic group of African American military pilots who helped the United States win World War II.


Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History By Vashti Harrison, Kwesi Johnson (With) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316475143
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 19th, 2019

Author-illustrator Vashti Harrison shines a bold, joyous light on black men through history in this #1 New York Times bestseller.


Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present (See Yourself in Their Stories) By Jamia Wilson, Andrea Pippins (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jamia Wilson, Andrea Pippins (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781786031587
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Published: Wide Eyed Editions - February 1st, 2018

“...to be revisited again and again…The candy-colored pages and straightforward stories are hard to resist…” –The New York Times

“...diverse collection of iconic figures…vibrantly illustrated…beautifully crafted volume…” –Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review


“…exuberant&hell


Biddy Mason Speaks Up By Arisa White, Laura Atkins, Laura Freeman (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781597144032
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Published: Heyday Books - February 1st, 2019

Building on the brilliance of Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, the newest installment in the Fighting for Justice series introduces young readers to another real-life champion for civil rights: Bridget "Biddy" Mason, an African American philanthropist, healer, and midwife who was born into slavery.


Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice By Phillip Hoose Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312661052
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Published: Square Fish - December 21st, 2010

"When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can't sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, 'This is not right.'" - Claudette Colvin


DK Life Stories: Harriet Tubman By Kitson Jazynka Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781465485427
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Published: DK Children - October 1st, 2019

Discover the inspirational tale of this revolutionary abolitionist, Harriet Tubman.


Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson By Jen Bryant, Cannaday Chapman (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jen Bryant, Cannaday Chapman (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781419736537
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 12th, 2019

A celebration of August Wilson’s journey from a child in Pittsburgh to one of America’s greatest playwrights

August Wilson (1945–2005) was a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who had a particular talent for capturing the authentic, everyday voice of Black Americans.


Frederick Douglass: Voice for Justice, Voice for Freedom (Step into Reading) By Frank Murphy, Nicole Tadgell (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Frank Murphy, Nicole Tadgell (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781524772352
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - December 31st, 2019

Learn about the abolitionist Frederick Douglass and his fight for freedom in this Step 3 Biography Reader!


Harriet Tubman (Little People, BIG DREAMS #13) By Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Pili Aguado (Illustrator) Cover Image
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - June 5th, 2018

Part of the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the incredible life of Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad conductor who "never lost a single passenger." 

Little Harriet was born into slavery on a plantation in Maryland. Though life was hard, Harriet persisted.


Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter (I Can Read Level 2) By Nadia L. Hohn, Gustavo Mazali (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Nadia L. Hohn, Gustavo Mazali (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062432841
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Published: HarperCollins - December 31st, 2018

Learn about the inspiring life of Harriet Tubman in this early reader biography. This I Can Read book is an excellent choice to share in the classroom or at home.


I am Harriet Tubman (Ordinary People Change the World) By Brad Meltzer, Christopher Eliopoulos (Illustrator) Cover Image
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Published: Rocky Pond Books - January 16th, 2018

Harriet Tubman's heroic and pivotal role in the fight against slavery is the subject of the fourteenth picture book in this New York Times bestselling biography series. (Cover may vary)


I am Rosa Parks (Ordinary People Change the World) By Brad Meltzer, Christopher Eliopoulos (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780803740853
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Published: Rocky Pond Books - June 17th, 2014

Civil Rights leader Rosa Parks is the 3rd hero in in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series for ages 5 to 8. (Cover may vary)


I Look Up To... Michelle Obama By Anna Membrino, Fatti Burke (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Anna Membrino, Fatti Burke (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780525579540
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 2nd, 2018

If you can see it, you can be it! Introduce your child to your role models with this series of inspirational board books.

It's never too early to introduce your child to the people you admire! This board book distills Michelle Obama's excellent qualities into deliciously illustrated little baby-sized bites, with text designed to share and read aloud.


John Lewis: Get to Know the Statesman Who Marched for Civil Rights (People You Should Know) By Jehan Jones-Radgowski Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781543559248
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Published: Capstone Press - February 1st, 2019

John Lewis knew that treating someone differently because of the color of their skin was unfair and wrong. In his early 20s, he decided to do something about it. During the struggle for equal treatment, Lewis faced many beatings and was arrested around 40 times. But he would become one of the most influential leaders in the civil rights movement. He continues that work today.


Katherine Johnson: Ready-to-Read Level 3 (You Should Meet) By Thea Feldman, Alyssa Petersen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Thea Feldman, Alyssa Petersen (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781534403406
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Published: Simon Spotlight - July 18th, 2017

Get to know the woman who made many of NASA’s early missions possible in this fascinating, nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a series of biographies about people “you should meet!”

Meet Katherine Johnson, a brilliant mathematician who worked at NASA in the early 1950s until retiring in 1986.


DK Life Stories: Katherine Johnson By Ebony Joy Wilkins, Charlotte Ager (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ebony Joy Wilkins, Charlotte Ager (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781465479129
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Published: DK Children - January 8th, 2019

In this kids' biography, discover the inspiring story of Katherine Johnson, famed NASA mathematician and one of the subjects of the best-selling book and movie Hidden Figures.


March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine By Melba Pattillo Beals, Frank Morrison (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328603920
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Published: Clarion Books - December 24th, 2019

From the legendary civil rights activist and author of the million-copy-selling Warriors Don’t Cry comes an ardent and profound childhood memoir of growing up while facing adversity in the Jim Crow South.

Long before she was one of the Little Rock Nine, Melba Pattillo Beals was a warrior.


Michelle Obama: First Lady, Going Higher (Step into Reading) By Shana Corey, James Bernardin (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Shana Corey, James Bernardin (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781524772291
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2018

A Step 3 biography of esteemed lawyer and former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama!

Michelle Obama is a lot like YOU! She grew up on the South Side of Chicago with her brother, Craig. She rode her bike and played freeze tag with her friends. And she and her family ate dinner together every night!


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass By Frederick Douglass, Peter J. Gomes (Introduction by), Gregory Stephens (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Frederick Douglass, Peter J. Gomes (Introduction by), Gregory Stephens (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9780451529947
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Published: Signet - June 7th, 2005

Frederick Douglass's dramatic autobiographical account of his early life as a slave in America.


Rosa Parks (Little People, BIG DREAMS #9) By Lisbeth Kaiser, Marta Antelo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lisbeth Kaiser, Marta Antelo (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781786030184
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - September 7th, 2017

In this book from the highly acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the incredible life of Rosa Parks, the "Mother of the Freedom Movement."

Rosa Parks grew up in Alabama, where she learned to stand up for herself at an early age. Rosa went on to become a civil rights activist.


Rosa Parks: My Story By Rosa Parks, Jim Haskins Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780141301204
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Published: Puffin Books - January 1st, 1999

Rosa Parks is best known for the day she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus, sparking the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott. Yet there is much more to her story than this one act of defiance. In this straightforward, compelling autobiography, Rosa Parks talks candidly about the civil rights movement and her active role in it. Her dedication is inspiring; her story is unforgettable.


Ruby Bridges Goes to School: My True Story (Scholastic Reader, Level 2) By Ruby Bridges Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545108553
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Published: Cartwheel Books - December 1st, 2009

The extraordinary true story of Ruby Bridges, the first Black child to integrate a New Orleans school -- now with simple text for young readers!

In 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges walked through an angry crowd and into a school, changing history.


Shirley Chisholm: Ready-to-Read Level 3 (You Should Meet) By Laurie Calkhoven, Kaitlyn Shea O'Connor (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534465572
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Published: Simon Spotlight - June 16th, 2020

Get to know Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman to enter the Democratic presidential race, in this fascinating nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a series of biographies about people “you should meet!”

Meet Shirley Chisholm. In 1968, Shirley Chisholm made history as the first African American woman elected to Congress.


Shirley Chisholm Is a Verb By Veronica Chambers, Rachelle Baker (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Veronica Chambers, Rachelle Baker (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780803730892
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Published: Dial Books - July 28th, 2020

A timely picture book biography about Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman in Congress, who sought the Democratic nomination to be the president of the United States.


Sojourner Truth: Path to Glory (Ready-to-Read Level 3)  (Ready-to-Read Stories of Famous Americans) By Peter Merchant, Julia Denos (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Peter Merchant, Julia Denos (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780689872075
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Published: Simon Spotlight - January 9th, 2007

Sojourner Truth had a tough childhood. She was born a slave, and many of the families she worked for treated her poorly. But when she was finally freed, Sojourner used her life to teach others about women's rights and the power of freedom.


The Story of Ruby Bridges By Robert Coles, George Ford (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Robert Coles, George Ford (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780439472265
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - September 1st, 2010

The inspirational true story of Ruby Bridges.

The year is 1960, and six-year-old Ruby Bridges and her family have recently moved from Mississippi to New Orleans in search of a better life. When a judge orders Ruby to attend first grade at William Frantz Elementary, an all-white school, Ruby must face angry mobs of parents who refuse to send their children to school with her.


This Is Your Time By Ruby Bridges Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593378526
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Published: Delacorte Press - November 10th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • CBC KIDS’ BOOK CHOICE AWARD WINNER


Thurgood By Jonah Winter, Bryan Collier (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jonah Winter, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781524765330
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Published: Anne Schwartz Books - September 3rd, 2019

Thurgood Marshall--the first black justice on the Supreme Court and a giant of the civil rights movement--jumps to life in this inspiring picture-book biography from an award-winning author and six-time Coretta Scott King, four-time Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator.


Warriors Don't Cry By Melba Pattillo Beals Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416948827
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - July 24th, 2007

In this essential autobiographical account by one of the Civil Rights Movement’s most powerful figures, Melba Pattillo Beals of the Little Rock Nine explores not only the oppressive force of racism, but the ability of young people to change ideas of race and identity.


A Weed Is a Flower: The Life of George Washington Carver By Aliki, Aliki (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Aliki, Aliki (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780671664909
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Published: Aladdin - April 15th, 1988

Discover how George Washington Carver went from a slave to an innovator of agricultural science in this luminously illustrated picture book.

Born a slave, George Washington Carver went on to become the most prominent black scientist of the early twentieth century.


What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan By Chris Barton, Ekua Holmes (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781481465618
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Published: Beach Lane Books - September 25th, 2018

“When Barbara Jordan talked, we listened.” —Former President of the United States, Bill Clinton

Congresswoman Barbara Jordan had a big, bold, confident voice—and she knew how to use it!


Who Is Oprah Winfrey? (Who Was?) By Barbara Kramer, Who HQ, Dede Putra (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Barbara Kramer, Who HQ, Dede Putra (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781524787509
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Published: Penguin Workshop - July 2nd, 2019

The story of how a young Southern girl who was raised on a pig farm became one of the most influential and inspiring people in the world.


Who Was Booker T. Washington? (Who Was?) By James Buckley, Jr., Who HQ, Jake Murray (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780448488516
Published: Penguin Workshop - February 6th, 2018

Learn how a slave became one of the leading influential African American intellectuals of the late 19th century.


Who Was Frederick Douglass? (Who Was?) By April Jones Prince, Who HQ, Robert Squier (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780448479118
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Published: Penguin Workshop - December 26th, 2014

Born into slavery in Maryland in 1818, Frederick Douglass was determined to gain freedom--and once he realized that knowledge was power, he secretly learned to read and write to give himself an advantage. After escaping to the North in 1838, as a free man he gave powerful speeches about his experience as a slave.


Who Was George Washington Carver? (Who Was?) By Jim Gigliotti, Who HQ, Stephen Marchesi (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780448483122
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Published: Penguin Workshop - December 29th, 2015

Born in 1860s Missouri, nobody expected George Washington Carver to succeed. Slaves were not allowed to be educated. After the Civil War, Carver enrolled in classes and proved to be a star student. He became the first black student at Iowa State Agricultural College and later its first black professor.


Who Was Harriet Tubman? (Who Was?) By Yona Zeldis McDonough, Who HQ, Nancy Harrison (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593097229
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Published: Penguin Workshop - September 3rd, 2019

Born a slave in Maryland, Harriet Tubman knew first-hand what it meant to be someone's property; she was whipped by owners and almost killed by an overseer. It was from other field hands that she first heard about the Underground Railroad which she travelled by herself north to Philadelphia.


Who Was Rosa Parks? (Who Was?) By Yona Zeldis McDonough, Who HQ, Stephen Marchesi (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780448454429
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Published: Penguin Workshop - December 23rd, 2010

In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. This seemingly small act triggered civil rights protests across America and earned Rosa Parks the title "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement." This biography has black-and-white illustrations throughout.


Who Was Sojourner Truth? (Who Was?) By Yona Zeldis McDonough, Who HQ, Jim Eldridge (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780448486789
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Published: Penguin Workshop - December 29th, 2015

Almost 100 years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat, Sojourner Truth was mistreated by a streetcar conductor. She took him to court--and won! Before she was Sojourner Truth, she was known simply as Belle. Born a slave in New York sometime around 1797, she was later sold and separated from her family. Even after she escaped from slavery, she knew her work was not yet done.


William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad By Don Tate Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781561459353
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Published: Peachtree - November 3rd, 2020

From award-winning author-illustrator Don Tate comes a remarkable picture book biography of William Still, known as Father of the Underground Railroad.


The Kidnapped Prince: The Life of Olaudah Equiano By Ann Cameron Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375803468
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Published: Yearling - January 25th, 2000

Kidnapped at the age of 11 from his home in Benin, Africa, Olaudah Equiano spent the next 11 years as a slave in England, the U.S., and the West Indies, until he was able to buy his freedom. His autobiography, published in 1789, was a bestseller in its own time. Cameron has modernized and shortened it while remaining true to the spirit of the original.


Choose Your Own Adventure Spies: James Armistead Lafayette By Kyandreia Jones, Gabriel Moreno (Illustrator), Gabhor Utomo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kyandreia Jones, Gabriel Moreno (Illustrator), Gabhor Utomo (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781937133313
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Published: Chooseco - May 1st, 2015

Choose Your Own Adventure SPIES: James Armistead Lafayette by Kyandreia Jones takes YOU to the heart of the American Revolutionary War. 9-12 year old readers will enact the life of an actual historic spy, James Armistead Lafayette, whose top secret espionage efforts were instrumental in helping the revolutionary forces defeat the British.


Black Heroes of the Wild West: Featuring Stagecoach Mary, Bass Reeves, and Bob Lemmons: A TOON Graphic By James Otis Smith, Kadir Nelson (Introduction by) Cover Image
By James Otis Smith, Kadir Nelson (Introduction by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781943145515
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Published: TOON Books - September 15th, 2020

NYPL'S TOP 10 BOOKS ​FOR KIDS


Exploring American history and finding diversity at its roots!


The Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America's Urban Heartland By Walter Thompson-Hernandez Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062910615
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 20th, 2021

“Thompson-Hernández's portrayal of Compton's black cowboys broadens our perception of Compton's young black residents, and connects the Compton Cowboys to the historical legacy of African Americans in the west.


Let 'er Buck!: George Fletcher, the People's Champion By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Gordon C. James (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781512498080
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - February 5th, 2019

Nelson plaits her narrative with Western lingo and homespun similes. . . . James' painterly oils swirl with energy, visible daubs creating the dusty, monumental landscape and equally monumental horses and humans. . . . A champion indeed. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


National Geographic Readers: Stacey Abrams (Level 2) By Melissa Mwai Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781426373565
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Published: National Geographic Kids - January 4th, 2022

Learn about the voting rights advocate and politician Stacey Abrams and her groundbreaking achievements in this appealing Level 2 reader. Young readers will find out about Abram’s childhood and her early career as a city attorney and as minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives.


Lizzie Demands a Seat!: Elizabeth Jennings Fights for Streetcar Rights By Beth Anderson, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Beth Anderson, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781629799391
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Published: Calkins Creek - January 7th, 2020

In 1854, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Jennings, an African American schoolteacher, fought back when she was unjustly denied entry to a New York City streetcar, sparking the beginnings of the long struggle to gain equal rights on public transportation.


Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott By Dee Romito, Laura Freeman (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Dee Romito, Laura Freeman (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781499807202
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Published: little bee books - November 6th, 2018

This stunning picture book looks into the life of Georgia Gilmore, a hidden figure of history who played a critical role in the civil rights movement and used her passion for baking to help the Montgomery Bus Boycott achieve its goal.

Georgia decided to help the best way she knew how.


Ready to Fly: How Sylvia Townsend Became the Bookmobile Ballerina By Lea Lyon, Jessica Gibson (Illustrator), Alexandria LaFaye Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062888785
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Published: HarperCollins - January 28th, 2020

Lyrical, inspiring, and affecting text paired with bright, appealing illustrations make Ready to Fly perfect for aspiring ballerinas everywhere who are ready to leap and to spread their wings!


I Am Harriet Tubman (I Am #6) By Ms. Grace Norwich, Ute Simon (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ms. Grace Norwich, Ute Simon (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780545484367
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - January 1st, 2013

A straightforward biography about Harriet Tubman's struggles and success for both civil and women's rights.

With a forward-thinking attitude, Harriet Tubman escaped slavery and risked her life countless times to help free 70 others. She became monumental in both the civil rights movement and the women's suffrage movement.


The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Narrative of a Slave's Journey from Bondage to Freedom By David F. Walker, Damon Smyth (Illustrator), Marissa Louise (Illustrator) Cover Image
By David F. Walker, Damon Smyth (Illustrator), Marissa Louise (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780399581441
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Published: Ten Speed Press - January 8th, 2019

A graphic novel biography of the escaped slave, abolitionist, public speaker, and most photographed man of the nineteenth century, based on his autobiographical writings and speeches, spotlighting the key events and people that shaped the life of this great American.