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Year Round Reads for Black History Month

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Picture Books

  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats (most circulated book of all time NYPL)
  • I Love My Hair by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
  • Crown: An Ode to a Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes
  • Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
  • Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed
  • Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
  • I Am Enough by Grace Byers
  • Happy to Be Nappy by Bell Hooks
  • Woke Baby by Mahogany Browne
  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
  • Leo Can Swim by Anna McQuinn
  • Peekaboo Bedtime by Rachel Isadora
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena
  • Trombone Shorty by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
  • Hey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins


  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  • Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper
  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  • The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon
  • Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callendar
  • My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
  • Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
  • Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
  • The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away by Ronald Smith
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis


  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  • For Everyone by Jason Reynolds
  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  • Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany Jackson
  • Black Boy White School by Brian F. Walker
  • March by John Lewis
  • Pointe By Brandy Colbert
  • Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
  • The Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
  • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
  • Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America – Anthology


  • Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  • What We Lose by Zinzi Clemons
  • Americanah by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie
  • We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union
  • The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
  • The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Black Boy by Richard Wright
  • Hunger by Roxane Gay
  • A Good Cry: What We Learn From Tears and Laughter by Nikki Giovanni
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson