Black History : Literacy

Black Non-Fiction

I can’t talk about all the wonderful informational books coming out this year because I’m on the Sibert Committee BUT!! I can provide a list of some titles by Black authors for middle grade and young adult readers.

What are some of your favorites?

Willie O’Ree: The story of the first black player in the NHL by Nicole Mortillaro (Lorimer)

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom : My Story of the 1964 Selma Voting Rights March by Elspeth Leacock, Susan Buckley, Lynday Blackmon Lowery and PJ Loughran (Dial)

Nelson Mandela: Nobel Peace Prize-Winning Champion for Hope and Harmony (Britannica Beginner Bios) by Tracey Baptiste (Britannica Education Pub)

The Middle Passaged : White Ships Black Cargo by Tom Feelings and Kadir Nelson (Dial Books)

Sacred Mountain Everest by Christine Taylor-Butler (Lee & Low)

Young Gifted and Black : Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present by Jamia Wilson (Wide Eyed Editions)

Now or Never! : 54th Massachusetts Infantry’s war to end slavery by Ray Anthony Shepard (Calkins Creek)

Cause : Reconstruction American 1863-1877 by Tonya Bolden (Knopf)

Strange Fruit, Vol II : More Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History by Joel Christian Gill (Fulcrum Publishing)

A Few Red Drops by Claire Hartfield (Clarion Books)

The If in Life : How to Get off the Sidelines and into the End Zone by Rashad Jennings. (Zonderkids)

The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in this Game Called Life
 by Kwame Alexander. HMH

Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning by Leslie Odom Jr. (Feiwel & Friends)

The Silence Breakers and the #metoo Movement by Duchess Harris and Rebecca Morris (Essential Library)

No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelso and R. Gregory Christie (Carolrhoda Labs)


2 thoughts on “Black History : Literacy

    Here is our review of The Roots of Rap on The Pirate Tree. Last year we reviewed several other new books to celebrate this month: Shaka Rising a graphic novel about the Warrior Prince who united many of the tribes in South Africa; another of Carole Boston Weatherford’s books -The Legendary Miss Lena Horne


  2. Let’s see, I like The Middle Passage, No Crystal Stair, The Playbook, Now or Never, We Are Not Yet Equal, and A Few Red Drops. . .But hands down, love, love, love, We Are Not Yet Equal. . .


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