Books for Black History Month

By Luis Diaz | January 9 2023 | General

Join Penguin Random House in celebrating the contributions of Black authors, creators, and educators. 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.

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Explore additional books by Black creators that will educate, empower, and inspire students in the classroom all year long:

HISTORY

FAMILY & CULTURE

FICTION

POETRY

SOCIAL JUSTICE

THE ARTS

FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION

PICTURE BOOKS

Unsung
Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery & Abolition
978-0-14-313608-8
A new historical anthology from transatlantic slavery to the Reconstruction curated by the Schomburg Center, that makes the case for focusing on the histories of Black people as agents and architects of their own lives and ultimate liberation, with a foreword by Kevin Young
$22.00 US
Feb 16, 2021
Paperback
656 Pages
Penguin Classics

Civil Rights Queen
Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality
978-0-525-43610-2
Here is the first major biography of one of our most influential judges—an activist lawyer who became the first Black woman appointed to the federal judiciary—that provides an eye-opening account of the twin struggles for gender equality and civil rights in the 20th Century.
$21.00 US
Mar 07, 2023
Paperback
528 Pages
Vintage

Marvel Studios' Black Panther: Dreams of Wakanda
Creators, Writers, and Comics Legends on the Impact of Marvel Studios' Black Panther
978-1-9848-2617-6
Join creators, writers, and comics legends as they discuss the impact of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther in this gorgeously illustrated collection of essays.
$25.00 US
Sep 06, 2022
Hardcover
160 Pages
Random House Worlds

Until I Am Free
Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America
978-0-8070-6150-3
Explores the Black activist’s ideas and political strategies, highlighting their relevance for tackling modern social issues including voter suppression, police violence, and economic inequality.
$24.95 US
Oct 05, 2021
Hardcover
200 Pages
Beacon Press

How to Be a (Young) Antiracist
978-0-593-46160-0
The #1 New York Times bestseller that sparked international dialogue is now a book for young adults! Based on the adult bestseller by Ibram X. Kendi, and co-authored by bestselling author Nic Stone, How to be a (Young) Antiracist will serve as a guide for teens seeking a way forward in acknowledging, identifying, and dismantling racism and injustice.
$19.99 US
Jan 31, 2023
Hardcover
208 Pages
Kokila

Brave. Black. First.
50+ African American Women Who Changed the World
978-0-525-64584-9
Published in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, discover over 50 remarkable Black women whose unique skills and contributions paved the way for the next generation of young people.
$12.99 US
Jan 10, 2023
Paperback
128 Pages
Yearling

We Go High
How 30 Women of Colour Achieved Greatness against all Odds
978-0-7440-5035-6
Follow the life lessons of 30 remarkable women of colour who are making their mark on society and culture.
$19.99 US
Jun 28, 2022
Hardcover
192 Pages
DK