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“Library Services provides the foundation for intellectual life: skill in acquiring information, appreciation of literature, and resources to gain knowledge.”

Remember that it’s not just about good books, it’s about finding the right book for the right person. Need help? Ask a Librarian.

Explore African American History Month with these reads!



  • Before She was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome; illustrated by James Ransome
  • Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine; illustrated by Kadir Nelson
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport
  • Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing, & Shout; Dance, Spin, & Turn it Out!: Games, Songs, & Stories from an African American Childhood collected by Patricia C. McKissack; illustrated by Brian Pinkney
  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
  • Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz
  • Hey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins; illustrated by Bryan Collier
  • Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by Eric Velasquez
  • The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
  • Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham and Charles Waters

Middle Grades

  • Calico Girl by Jerdine Nolen
  • Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell; artwork by Shadra Strickland.
  • Answering the Cry for Freedom: Stories of African Americans and the American Revolution by Gretchen Woelfe; illustrations by R. Gregory Christie
  • Ashes (sequel to Forge) by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Unbound: A Novel in Verse by Ann E. Burg
  • Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson
  • Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
  • Trouble the Water by Frances O’Roark Dowell
  • Like a Bird: The Art of the American Slave Song by Cynthia Grady and Michele Wood

High School and Up

  • Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • Crossing Ebenezer Creek by Tonya Bolden
  • Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
  • Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Damian Duffy and John Jennings
  • Stone Mirrors: The Sculpture and Silence of Edmonia Lewis by Jeannine Atkins
  • American Ace by Marilyn Nelson
  • March (series) by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
  • The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters


For Good Books Any Time, Check Out:

New York Times Best Seller Lists
The Children’s Literature Web Guide
YALSA’s Best Books List
Virginia Reader’s Choice
International Children’s Digital Library
Capitol Choices
Your Next Read
New York Public Library’s Stuff for the Teen Age
Young Adults’ Reading Choices lists from the International Literacy Association
And, of course, TATAL, Teens at the Arlington Public Library 
Remember that it’s not just about good books, it’s about finding the right book for the right person.  Need help?  Ask a Librarian.


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