Black History Month

Every February people in the United States and America remember important people and events in the history of African Americans. People learn about the enslavement of African Americans and what took place during the Civil Rights Movement. In addition they learn about the lives of famous African Americans such as Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, and others. You can find features about other famous African Americans using the search feature on this website.

I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry

I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry

Catherine Clinton
Illustrator:  Stephen Alcorn 
Poetry Picture Book
For ages9 and up
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017   ISBN: 978-0544582569
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A Spy Called James: The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double

A Spy Called James: The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double

Anne Rockwell
Illustrator:  Floyd Cooper 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 6 to 8
Carolrhoda Books, 2016   ISBN: 978-1467749336
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Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness

Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness

Donna Janell Bowman
Illustrator:  Daniel Minter 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 6 to 8
Lee & Low Books, 2016   ISBN: 978-1620141489
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Ira's Shakespeare Dream

Ira's Shakespeare Dream

Glenda Armand
Illustrator:  Floyd Cooper 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Lee & Low Books, 2015   ISBN: 978-1620141557
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Friend on Freedom River

Friend on Freedom River

Gloria Whelan
Illustrator:  Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen 
Historical Fiction Picture Book
For ages 7 to 9
Sleeping Bear Press, 2005   ISBN: 978-1585362226
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Ticktock Banneker's Clock

Ticktock Banneker's Clock

Shana Keller
Illustrator:  David C. Gardner 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Sleeping Bear Press, 2016   ISBN: 978-1585369560
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Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes

Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes

Edited by David Roessel and Arnold
Illustrator:  Benny Andrews 
Poetry
For ages 9 and up
Sterling Children's Books, 2013   ISBN: 978-1454903284
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The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem's Greatest Bookstore

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem's Greatest Bookstore

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Illustrator:  R. Gregory Christie 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 6 to 8
Lerner, 2015   ISBN: 978-0761339434
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Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers' Journey from Slave to Artist

Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers' Journey from Slave to Artist

Barbara Herkert
Illustrator:  Vanessa Newton 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 6 to 8
Random House, 2015   ISBN: 978-0385754644
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We Troubled the Waters

We Troubled the Waters

Ntozake Shange
Illustrator:  Rod Brown 
Poetry Picture Book
For ages 8 to 10
HarperCollins, 2009   ISBN: 978-0061337352
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Lillian's Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Lillian's Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Jonah Winter
Illustrator:  Shane W. Evans 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Schwartz & Wade, 2015   ISBN: 978-0385390286
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D Is for Drinking Gourd: An African American Alphabet

D Is for Drinking Gourd: An African American Alphabet

Nancy I. Sanders
Illustrator:  E.B. Lewis 
Poetry and nonfiction picture book
For ages 6 to 9
Sleeping Bear Press, 2007   ISBN: 978-1585362936
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The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage

The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage

Selina Alko
Illustrator:  Selina Alko , Sean Qualls 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 6 to 8
Scholastic, 2015   ISBN: 978-0545478533
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28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World

28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World

Charles R. Smith Jr.
Illustrator:  Shane W. Evans 
Poetry and Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 7 to 10
Roaring Brook Press, 2015   ISBN: 978-1596438200
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Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrator:  Ekua Holmes 
Poetry Picture Book
For ages 6 to 8
Candlewick, 2015   ISBN: 978-0763665319
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