Black History Month: 10 Books To Add to the Collection and Share with Readers

African American culture and experiences are celebrated in this Black History Month booklist. These essential works of forthcoming fiction and nonfiction will enrich collections in the coming months, and they reflect that Black history is made every day: it’s not just a thing of the past. The books on this list were written by both debut and experienced authors, and the topics range from poetry, trauma, enslavement, and freedom, to civil rights, ongoing obstacles for Black people, triumphs, justice, and workplace successes. 

poster of Black History Month titles, including Brinkley, Jamel Witness Farrar, Straus and Giroux 9780374607036 Brooks, Faitth Remember Me Now WaterBrook 9780593194157 Carr, Lakiesha An Autobiography of Skin Pantheon 9780593316535 Harrison, Tiffany Clarke Blue Hour Soft Skull 9781593767495 Harvey, William R. Historically Black Colleges and Universities' Guide to Excellence Amistad 9780062863287 Jackson, Bruce Never Far from Home Atria Books 9781982191153 Peyton, Tracey Rose Night Wherever We Go Ecco 9780063249875 Price, Karisma I'm Always so Serious Sarabande Books 9781956046045 Scott, Sophfronia Wild, Beautiful, and Free Lake Union Publishing 9781542036061 Seletzky, Leta McCollough The Kneeling Man Counterpoint 9781640094727

A downloadable list of these titles is available here. A copy of this page for posting and sharing with readers is available here.

For books to have on hand now, refer to Making Their Mark: Essential Titles in African American History | Collection Development 

Selected by Matia Storey Edwards, media specialist at Griffin High School in Griffin, GA. She holds a specialist degree in instructional technology, media, and design from the Univ. of West Georgia. For 16 years, she worked in communications and marketing. 

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