Books for Black History Month

By Kaitlyn Spotts | January 28 2022 | General

Join Penguin Random House in celebrating the contributions of Black Authors, Creators and Educators all year long.  In honor of Black History Month, we are highlighting stories about the history of Black America, being Black today, and essential novels by Black writers.

Penguin Random House remains committed to supporting the next generation of Black authors, creators and readers as we work to increase access to the publishing industry and break down systemic barriers through our partnerships with We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) with the establishment of the Black Creatives Fund, and the Community of Literary Magazines & Presses (CLMP).  We believe in amplifying Black stories all year long to create the change we want to see in the world.

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Explore additional books by Black creators that educate, empower, and inspire students in the classroom year-round.

 

HISTORY

FAMILY & CULTURE

FICTION

POETRY

SOCIAL JUSTICE

THE ARTS

FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION

PICTURE BOOKS


Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers
978-0-593-30374-0
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Michelle Obama’s worldwide bestselling memoir, Becoming, is now adapted for young readers.
$18.99 US
Mar 02, 2021
Hardcover
432 Pages
Delacorte Press

Call Us What We Carry
Poems
978-0-593-46506-6
The instant #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestsellerThe breakout poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman
$24.99 US
Dec 07, 2021
Hardcover
240 Pages
Viking Books

Four Hundred Souls
A Community History of African America, 1619-2019
978-0-593-13404-7
A "choral history" of African Americans covering 400 years of history in the voices of 90 writers, edited by the bestselling, National Book Award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi and award-winning historian Keisha N. Blain.
$32.00 US
Feb 02, 2021
Hardcover
528 Pages
One World

And We Rise
978-0-593-35252-6
A powerful, impactful, eye-opening journey that explores through the Civil Rights Movement in 1950s-1960s America in spare and evocative verse, with historical photos interspersed throughout.
$17.99 US
Feb 01, 2022
Hardcover
160 Pages
Viking Books for Young Readers

White Borders
The History of Race and Immigration in the United States from Chinese Exclusion to the Border Wall
978-0-8070-5406-2
The first book to show that immigration laws in the US have always been motivated by racial exclusion and the desire to save the idea of a white America.
$25.95 US
Oct 12, 2021
Hardcover
256 Pages
Beacon Press

Civil Rights Queen
Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality
978-1-5247-4718-3
The first major biography of one of our most influential but least known activist lawyers that provides an eye-opening account of the twin struggles for gender equality and civil rights in the 20th century.
$30.00 US
Jan 25, 2022
Hardcover
512 Pages
Pantheon

Respect the Mic
Celebrating 20 Years of Poetry from a Chicagoland High School
978-0-593-22681-0
An expansive, moving poetry anthology, representing 20 years of poetry from students and alumni of Chicago's Oak Park River Forest High School Spoken Word Club.
$16.99 US
Feb 01, 2022
Hardcover
176 Pages
Penguin Workshop

The Beautiful Struggle (Adapted for Young Adults)
978-1-9848-9402-1
Adapted from the adult memoir by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Water Dancer and Between the World and Me, this father-son story explores how boys become men, and quite specifically, how Ta-Nehisi Coates became Ta-Nehisi Coates.
$17.99 US
Jan 12, 2021
Hardcover
176 Pages
Delacorte Press


Black Boy Joy
17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood
978-0-593-37993-6
Celebrate the joys of Black boyhood with stories from seventeen bestselling, critically acclaimed Black authors--including Jason Reynolds, Jerry Craft, and Kwame Mbalia! "Pick up Black Boy Joy for a heavy dose of happiness."—Booklist, starred review
$16.99 US
Aug 03, 2021
Hardcover
320 Pages
Delacorte Press