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Celebrate Black History Month with a Good Book

Posted on: February 13, 2023
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Celebrate Black History Month with a good book! Lebanon Junior High School's Media Specialist, Jennifer Ensman, has compiled a list for all grade levels full of great stories, non-fiction texts, poetry, and picture books - check it out! 

These texts could be checked out from the school or local library, purchased online, or at a local or chain book store:

Picture books appropriate for Bowman-aged students (grades preschool through second):

  • Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

  • Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreer Rappaport

  • Pies from Nowhere: How Georgie Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Dee Romito

  • Langston’s Train Ride by Robert Burleigh

  • Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews

  • Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renee Watson

  • The 5 O-Clock Band by Troy Andrews

  • Sisters & Champions: The True Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Howard Bryant

  • Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton

  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul by Carole Boston Weatherford

Non-fiction texts appropriate for students in Donovan, Berry, and the Junior High (grades third through seventh):

The Who Is/Who Was non-fiction series is popular with students. Most of these titles can be found on this website or on this website.

  • Who were the Tuskegee Airmen?

  • What is the Civil Rights Movement? 

  • Who is Michael Jordan? 

  • Who is Michelle Obama? 

  • Who are Venus and Serena Williams? 

  • Who was Coretta Scott King?

  • Who was George Washington Carver?

  • Who was Booker T. Washington?

  • Who is Neil deGrasse Tyson?

  • Who was Ida B. Wells?

  • Who was Jackie Robinson?

  • Who was Kobe Bryant?

  • Who was Louis Armstrong?

  • Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.?

  • Who was Maya Angelou?

  • Who is Barack Obama?

  • Who is Lebron James?

  • Who is Oprah Winfrey?

  • Who is Shaquille O’Neal?

  • Who is Stevie Wonder?

  • Who was Bob Marley?

  • Who was Duke Ellington?

  • Who was Frederick Douglass?

  • Who was Harriet Beecher Stowe?

  • Who was Harriet Tubman?

  • Who was Jesse Owens?

  • Who was Muhammad Ali?

  • Who was Rosa Parks?

  • Who was Sojourner Truth?

Non-fiction texts, stories, and novels appropriate for students in fifth grade and up:

  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

  • History Smashers: The Underground Railroad by Kate Messner

  • Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney

  • From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

  • Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson

  • Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box by Evette Dionne

  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

  • The Door of No Return by Kwame Alexander

  • New Kid by Jerry Craft

  • Class Act by Jerry Craft

  • Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

  • The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon

  • Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

  • Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson

  • What Lane by Torrey Maldonado

  • Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson


Non-fiction texts, stories, and novels appropriate for grades seven and up:

  • Chasing Space by Leland Melvin

  • The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin

  • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

  • Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes

  • And We Rise: The Civil Rights Movement in Poems by Erica Martin

  • Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case by Chris Crowe

  • Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell

  • All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds

  • Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America by Candacy Taylor


Non-fiction texts, stories and novels appropriate for young adults in grades nine and up:

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

  • Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone

  • Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

  • Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi

  • When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds