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At WNDB we believe diversity goes beyond book covers; it needs to be present in the specificity of the storytelling.

For Black History Month, here are picture, Middle Grade, and Young Adult books about Black characters by Black authors and illustrators — across genres. What are your faves?

PICTURE BOOKS:

  • GRANDMA’S RECORDS by Eric Velásquez
  • ALLIE AND GATOR: A STORY ABOUT A GIRL AND HER GATOR by Geneva Bowers
  • LITTLE LEGENDS: EXCEPTIONAL BLACK MEN IN HISTORY by Vashti Harrison
  • HOMEMADE LOVE by bell hooks, Illustrated by Shane W. Evans
  • WHAT IS GIVEN FROM THE HEART by Patricia McKissack, Illustrated by April Harrison
  • SING A SONG: HOW LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING INSPIRED GENERATIONS by Kelly Starling Lyons, Illustrated by Keith Mallett
  • BLACK IS A RAINBOW COLOR by Angela Joy, Illustrated by Ekua Holmes
  • THE OLDEST STUDENT: HOW MARY WALKER LEARNED TO READ by Rita L. Hubbard, Illustrated by Oge Mora
  • JUST LIKE A MAMA by Alice Faye Duncan, Illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow

MIDDLE GRADE BOOKS:

  • CLEAN GETAWAY by Nic Stone
  • THE JUMBIES by Tracey Baptiste
  • GENESIS BEGINS AGAIN by Alicia D. Williams
  • JUST SOUTH OF HOME by Karen Strong
  • MY LIFE AS AN ICE CREAM SANDWICH by Ibi Zoboi
  • SOME PLACES MORE THAN OTHERS by Renée Watson
  • HOW HIGH THE MOON by Karyn Parsons
  • ONE CRAZY SUMMER by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • THE PARKER INHERITANCE by Varian Johnson

YOUNG ADULT BOOKS:

  • RIOT BABY by Tochi Onyebuchi
  • QUEEN OF THE CONQUERED by Kacen Callender
  • NOT SO PURE AND SIMPLE by Lamar Giles
  • MONSTER by Walter Dean Myers
  • BLACK GIRL UNLIMITED by Echo Brown
  • A DREAM SO DARK by L.L. Mckinney
  • LET ME HEAR A RHYME by Tiffany D. Jackson
  • REMEMBRANCE by Rita Woods
  • THE REVOLUTION OF BIRDIE RANDOLPH by Brandy Colbert