Black for Real: Biography

Oh, do I celebrate Blackness through nofiction this month! Today, it’s biographies.

  1. Speak Up, Speak Out! The Extraordinary Life of Shirley Chisholm by Tonya Bolden (National Geographic Kids)
  2. Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler by Ibi Zoboi (Dutton)
  3. Lizzo: Breakout Artist (Gateway Biographies) by Lakita Wilson (Lerner)
  4. Nina Simone
  5. Young Trailblazers: The Book of Black Inventors and Scientists by M. J. Fievre, illustrated by Kim Balacuit.( Dragonfruit)
  6. Segregated Skies: David Harris’s Trailblazing Journey to Rise Above Racial Barries by Michael Cottman (National Geographic Books)
  7. Box: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford and Mechele Wood (Candlewick)
  8. Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas by Gwendolyn Hooks (Lee and Low)
  9. Alvin Ailey by Andrea Davis Pinkney (Little, Brown)
  10. Bessie Stringfield: Tales of Talented Tenth no. 2 by Joel Christian Gill (Chicago Press Review-Fulcrum)
  11. Opal Lee and What It Means to Be Free: The True Story of the Grandmother of Juneteenth by Alice Faye Duncan and Keturah A. Bobo (Thomas Nelson)
  12. Sylvia and Marsha Start A Revolution by Joy Ellison and Tesh Silver. (Jessica Kingsley)
  13. RuPaul Charles by Little Bee Books, illustrated by Vincent Chen. (Little Bee Books)
  14. Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander. (jimmy Patterson)
  15.  Hidden Figures (Young Readers’ Edition) by Margot Lee Shetterly (HarperCollins)