Black for Real: Memoirs and Autobiographies

Recent political agendas are working to remove books by and about Black Americans from school and public libraries. Too many librarians are at a loss as what to do. Convince your local libraries to keep these, and other books by Blacks by checking them out, requesting them for purchase and reading them. Be sure copies are available for young people in you classroom, library and home! Today, I’m highlighting a few memoirs and autobiographies.

Mighty Justice (young readers ed.): The Untold Story of Civil Rights Trailblazer Dovey Johnson Roundtree by Dovey Johnson Roundtree and Katie McCabe, adapted by Jabari Asim. Roaring Brook Press.

Discovering Wes Moore Wes Moore. Ember

The Pact: Three Young Men Make A Promise and Fullfill a Dream by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt, Lisa Frazier Page. Riverhad Books

Bee Fearless: Dream Like a Kid by Mikaila Ulmer. Putnam

My Struggle, My Success: The Historic Life Journey of Deaf King International by Aarron Loggins. Two Penny Press

Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace by Ashley Bryant. Atheneum

Dreams of My Father Young People’s Edition: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama. Delacorte

Becoming Adapted for Young Readers by Michelle Obama. Delacorte

This Kid Can Fly: It’s about Ability (NOT Disability) by Aaron Philip and Tonya Bolden. Balzer and Bray.

Reach for the Skai : How to Inspire, Empower, and Clapback by Skai Jackson. Yearling

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. Nancy Paulsen Books

All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir Manifesto by George M. Johnson. FSG

Ordinary Hazards by Nikki Grimes. Wordsong

Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld. Little, Brown Books

How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana and Abigail Pesta.  Catherine Tegen Books