Black History Month Featured Books

All year long our shelves are stocked with books celebrating the achievements and impact of Black Americans in our collective American experience. This month we feature a curated selection of new, award-winning, and staff beloved books that commemorate Black History Month. These books shared with family and friends illuminate our world & our history. They are available in store now and/or orderable here. 

Brave. Black. First.: 50+ African American Women Who Changed the World Cover Image
By Cheryl Hudson, Erin K. Robinson (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525645818
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 7th, 2020

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

Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419736858
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - January 7th, 2020

Lizzie Demands a Seat!: Elizabeth Jennings Fights for Streetcar Rights Cover Image
By Beth Anderson, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781629799391
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Published: Calkins Creek - January 7th, 2020

A Voice Named Aretha Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781681198507
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - January 7th, 2020

The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver Cover Image
By Gene Barretta, Frank Morrison (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062430151
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 14th, 2020

The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne Cover Image
By Lesa Cline-Ransome, John Parra (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481462891
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - January 14th, 2020

Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson Cover Image
By Jen Bryant, Cannaday Chapman (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419736537
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 12th, 2019

Zora!: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780358097464
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Published: Clarion Books - December 17th, 2019

What Were the Negro Leagues? (What Was?) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9781524789985
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Published: Penguin Workshop - December 24th, 2019

Madam C.J. Walker Builds a Business (A Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Chapter Book) Cover Image
By Rebel Girls, Salini Perera (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781733176194
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Published: Rebel Girls - November 12th, 2019

Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316475143
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 19th, 2019

Meet the Artist: Frank Bowling Cover Image
By Zoe Whitley, Hélène Baum (Illustrator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781849766302
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Published: Tate - December 17th, 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
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 15th, 2019

Thurgood Cover Image
By Jonah Winter, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524765330
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - September 3rd, 2019

One Person, No Vote (YA edition): How Not All Voters Are Treated Equally Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781547601073
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - September 17th, 2019

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

A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation Cover Image
By Barry Wittenstein, Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823443314
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Published: Neal Porter Books - August 27th, 2019

Rise!: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou Cover Image
By Bethany Hegedus, Tonya Engel (Illustrator)
$20.95
ISBN: 9781620145876
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Published: Lee & Low Books - August 13th, 2019

Biddy Mason Speaks Up Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781597144032
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Published: Heyday Books - February 1st, 2019

Birth of the Cool: How Jazz Great Miles Davis Found His Sound Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781624146909
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Published: Page Street Kids - April 16th, 2019

This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781681198521
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - January 8th, 2019

What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481465618
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Published: Beach Lane Books - September 25th, 2018

Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen? (Who Was?) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780399541940
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Published: Penguin Workshop - August 7th, 2018

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 Cover Image
By Helaine Becker, Tiemdow Phumiruk (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250137524
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - June 19th, 2018

Good Trouble: Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781419732355
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - January 8th, 2019

The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Narrative of a Slave's Journey from Bondage to Freedom 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 Child's Introduction to African American History: The Experiences, People, and Events That Shaped Our Country (A Child's Introduction Series) Cover Image
By Jabari Asim, Lynn Gaines (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316436427
Availability: Backordered
Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - January 2nd, 2018

A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780544785137
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Published: Clarion Books - January 2nd, 2018

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062742469
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Published: HarperCollins - January 16th, 2018

Overground Railroad Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823438730
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Published: Holiday House - January 7th, 2020

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316475112
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 5th, 2017

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763680466
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Published: Candlewick - September 12th, 2017

The Quilts of Gee's Bend Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781419721311
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - June 13th, 2017

Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe Cover Image
By Deborah Blumenthal, Laura Freeman (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781499802399
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Published: little bee books - January 17th, 2017

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481468244
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 24th, 2017

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250073495
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Published: Square Fish - January 3rd, 2017

Unpunished Murder: Massacre at Colfax and the Quest for Justice (Scholastic Focus) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781338239461
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Published: Scholastic Focus - January 7th, 2020

Ready to Fly: How Sylvia Townsend Became the Bookmobile Ballerina Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062888785
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Published: HarperCollins - January 28th, 2020

Althea Gibson: The Story of Tennis' Fleet-of-Foot Girl Cover Image
By Megan Reid, Laura Freeman (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062851093
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 21st, 2020

Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary (Scholastic Focus) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781338309850
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Published: Scholastic Nonfiction - December 26th, 2019

Breakthrough!: How Three People Saved
$10.99
ISBN: 9780358094258
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Published: Clarion Books - November 19th, 2019

The Escape of Robert Smalls: A Daring Voyage Out of Slavery Cover Image
By Jehan Jones-Radgowski, Poppy Kang (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781543512816
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Published: Capstone Editions - September 1st, 2019

Accused!: The Trials of the Scottsboro Boys: Lies, Prejudice, and the Fourteenth Amendment Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781629797755
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Published: Calkins Creek - October 15th, 2019

Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534440838
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 2nd, 2019

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

Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow (Scholastic Focus) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781338262049
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Published: Scholastic Nonfiction - January 29th, 2019

The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just Cover Image
By Mélina Mangal, Luisa Uribe (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781512483758
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Published: Millbrook Press (Tm) - November 1st, 2018

Attucks!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team That Awakened a City Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780374306120
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - October 23rd, 2018

The Bell Rang Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442421134
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - January 15th, 2019

Standing Up Against Hate: How Black Women in the Army Helped Change the Course of WWII Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419731600
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - January 8th, 2019

Young Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present Cover Image
By Jamia Wilson, Andrea Pippins (Illustrator)
$22.99
ISBN: 9781786031587
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Published: Wide Eyed Editions - February 1st, 2018

Mae Among the Stars Cover Image
By Roda Ahmed, Stasia Burrington (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062651730
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Published: HarperCollins - January 9th, 2018