Black history month is a time to reflect on the contributions African Americans have made to our society. You may know who Frederick Douglas is but do you know who Henry Brown is? Everyone has heard of Sally Ride but have you heard of Mae Jemison?

There are many wonderful books in the children’s area that can help you learn about someone new. We’ve linked all the titles below to our catalog so you can request them and as always, you can ask a librarian for more ideas! Happy Reading!


Ruby Bridges goes to school: my true story by Ruby Bridges

Kids Picture Books

Freedom song: the story of Henry “Box” Brown by Sally Walker
Mae among the stars by Rose Ahmed
Back of the bus by Aaron Reynolds
Freedom on the menu by Carole Weatherbird
Lillian’s right to vote
 by Jonah Winter

Nonfiction & Biographies for (grades k-3)

Respecting the contributions of African Americans by Anna Kingston
Ron’s big mission by Rose Blue
I am Harriet Tubman by Brad Meltzer
I have a dream by Martin Luther King Jr
Free at last? by Claire O’Neal

Historical Fiction Chapter Books

The lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
The Watsons go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
Finding Freedom an Addy classic by Connie Porter

Nonfiction & Biographies for Grades (grades 3 & up)

Little Leaders: bold women in black history by Vashti Harrison
What was the March on Washington? by Kathrine Krull
Jackie Robinson by Herb Dunn
Streetcar to Justice by Amy Hill Hearth
Hidden figures (young reader’s edition) by Margot Lee Shetterly
Who were the Tuskegee Airmen? by Sheri Smith