Books to Read for Black History Month

February is Black History Month, so here are some works that you might want to consider reading or providing for your children or grandchildren.


The Help

The first list comes from Goodreads.  It is quite interesting in that it includes books such as Booker T. Washington’s Up from Slavery, and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, but it also includes books like Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, and Kathryn Stockett’s recent bestseller The Help.

The Warmth

Flavorwire features ten recent nonfiction books to consider for Black History Month.  Included are The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson; Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, The Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King; and Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable.

Martin's Big Words

Barnes & Noble features some books for children including Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport, Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson, and The Great Migration by Eloise Greenfield.

Escape North

Scholastic offers books specifically for 1st and 2nd graders including The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson and Escape North: The Story of Harriet Tubman by Monica Kulling.

There are many reading suggestions on the internet.  If you search using a term such as “books for black history month” you will find an overwhelming number of websites with recommendations.

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