Celebrate Black History Month with Brand New Books for Every Age


February is Black History Month, a time to learn about and celebrate the rich history and achievements of the Black community in America. Over the years, many wonderful books about the movements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X, and many other Black leaders and pioneers have been published. However, there’s always something new to learn and fresh stories are being published each week. Here are some of the best new books to read during Black History Month, and all throughout the year.

For Kids

Flying High: The Story of Gymnastics Champion Simone Biles by Michelle Meadows

Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston by Alicia D. Williams

Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes

Opening the Road: Victor Hugo Green and His Green Book by Keila V. Dawson

Playing to Win: How Althea Gibson Broke Barriers and Changed Tennis Forever by Karen Deans

She Persisted: Harriet Tubman by Andrea Davis Pinkney

The Highest Tribute: Thurgood Marshall’s Life, Leadership, and Legacy by Kekla Magoon

The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Johnny Ray Moore

This is Your Time by Ruby Bridges

We are the Supremes by Zoe Tucker

What is the Civil Rights Movement by Sherri L. Smith

For Middle and High School

Baseball’s Leading Lady: Effa Manley and the Rise and Fall of the Negro Leagues by Andrea Williams

Separate No More: The Long Road to Brown v. Board of Education by Lawrence Goldstone

That They Lived: African Americans Who Changed the World by Rochelle Riley

The Awakening of Malcom X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz

The History of Civil Rights Movements in America by Maddie Spalding

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Brandy Colbert

Timelines from Black History: Leaders, Legends, Legacies by DK, Mireille Harper

VIP: Lewis Latimer: Engineering Wizard by Denise Lewis Patrick

VIP: Mr. Mae Jemison: Brave Rocketeer by Heather Alexander

For Adults

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

A Shot in the Moonlight: How a Freed Slave and a Confederate Soldier Fought for Justice in the Jim Crow South by Ben Montgomery

Crossing the Line: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport That Changed Their Lives Forever by Kareem Rosser

I Came as a Shadow: An Autobiography by John Thompson

Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books by Ken Quattro

Just As I Am: A Memoir by Cicely Tyson

Monumental: Oscar Dunn and His Radical Fight in Reconstruction Louisiana by Brian K. Mitchell

Overnight Code: The Life of Raye Montague, the Woman Who Revolutionized Naval Engineering by Paige Bowers

The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcom X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation by Anna Malaika Tubbs

Check out more of our Inclusion + Diversity content related to Black History Month here.


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