Books for Black History Month

By Coll Rowe | January 5 2024 | History

Join Penguin Random House Education in celebrating the contributions of Black authors and illustrators. In honor of Black History Month in February, we are highlighting essential fiction and nonfiction to be shared and discussed by students and teachers alike.

Black History Month – Middle School

Black History Month – High School

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

HISTORY

FAMILY & CULTURE

FICTION

 POETRY

SOCIAL JUSTICE

THE ARTS

FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION

PICTURE BOOKS


Find more books from Penguin Random House:

All Ways Black 

Stamped from the Beginning
A Graphic History of Racist Ideas in America
978-1-9848-5943-3
A striking graphic novel edition of the National Book Award-winning history of how racist ideas have shaped American life—from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist.
$29.99 US
Jun 06, 2023
Hardcover
288 Pages
Ten Speed Graphic

School Clothes
A Collective Memoir of Black Student Witness
978-0-8070-5481-9
A chorus of Black student voices that renders a new story of US education—one where racial barriers and violence are confronted by freedom dreaming and resistance
$25.95 US
Feb 07, 2023
Hardcover
240 Pages
Beacon Press

The Mis-education of the Negro
978-0-14-313746-7
The most influential work by “the father of Black history”, reflecting the long-standing tradition of antiracist teaching pioneered by Black educators
$15.00 US
Jan 31, 2023
Paperback
224 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

Black Girl You Are Atlas
978-0-593-46170-9
A thoughtful celebration of Black girlhood by award-winning author and poet Renée Watson.
$18.99 US
Feb 13, 2024
Hardcover
96 Pages
Kokila

A Mighty Long Way (Adapted for Young Readers)
My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School
978-0-593-48678-8
Follow the story of Carlotta Walls LaNier, who in 1957 at the age of fourteen was one of nine black students who integrated the all-white Little Rock Central High School and became known as the Little Rock Nine.
$9.99 US
Jan 16, 2024
Paperback
304 Pages
Yearling

Timelines from Black History
Leaders, Legends, Legacies
DK
978-0-7440-3909-2
Amazing visual timelines take readers through the people and the issues that have shaped Black history
$19.99 US
Jan 19, 2021
Hardcover
96 Pages
DK Children