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Black History Month, 2009: Book List

This Black History Month book list is made up of wonderful books that celebrate African-Americans and their history. With so many amazing books out there, it was incredibly hard to select which books to include in my 2009 list. I plan on expanding this list for 2010 — in the meantime, please feel free to share your thoughts and suggestions by leaving a comment at the end of this post. The list begins with books suitable for babies and finishes with a great book for young-adult readers. Enjoy!

Honey, I Love

by Eloise Greenfield (Author), Jan Spivey Gilchrist (Illustrator)

Reading level:
0 – 6

Hardcover:
32 pages


Publisher:
Amistad; 1st edition (December 24, 2002)

Welcome, Precious Welcome Precious

by Nikki Grimes

Reading level: 0 – 6

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Orchard Books; 1 edition (September 1, 2006)

This Jazz ManThis Jazz Man

by Karen Ehrhardt (Author), R.G. Roth (Illustrator)

Reading level:
Ages 4-8

Publisher:
Harcourt Children’s Books (November 1, 2006)

The Colors of Us The Colors of Us

by Karen Katz

Reading level:
Ages 4-8

Paperback:
32 pages

Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks (April 3, 2007)

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

by Kadir Nelson

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Dial (August 8, 2005)

Wind Flyers Wind Flyers

by Angela Johnson (Author), Loren Long (Illustrator)

Reading level:
Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing (January 9, 2007)

The Story of Ruby Bridges

by Robert Coles (Author), George Ford (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (June 1, 2004)

When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson When Marian Sang

by Pam Munoz Ryan (Author), Brian Selznick (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2002)

Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope

by Nikki Grimes (Author), Bryan Collier (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 48 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing; illustrated edition edition (August 26, 2008)

 Something Beautiful

by Sharon Dennis Wyeth

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher:
Dragonfly Books (January 8, 2002)

I Am Rosa Parks (Easy-to-Read, Puffin) I am Rosa Parks

by Rosa Parks (Author), Jim Haskins (Author), Wil Clay (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Paperback:
48 pages

Publisher:
Puffin (December 1, 1999)

Bright Eyes, Brown Skin (A Feeling Good Book) (A Feeling Good Book) Bright Eyes, Brown Skin

by Cheryl Willis Hudson (Author), George Ford (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Just Us Books (November 1, 1990)

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Doreen Rappaport

Reading level: Ages 5 – 9

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Scholastic (2001)

Talkin' About Bessie Talkin’ About Bessie

by Nikki Grimes (Author), Earl B. Lewis (Illustrator), B. Moser (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 7 – 10

Hardcover: 144 pages

Publisher: Orchard (November 1, 2002)

Jackie Robinson and the Story of All Black Baseball (Step-Into-Reading, Step 5)Jackie Robinson and the Story of All-Black Baseball

by Jim O’Connor

Reading level:
Ages 8 -12

Paperback: 48 pages

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (May 6, 1989)

Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman

by Dorothy Sterling

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (May 1, 1987)

Women of Hope: African Americans Who Made a Difference Women of Hope: African Americans Who Made a Difference

by Joyce Hansen

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Paperback Nonfiction (January 1, 2007)

March On!: The Day My Brother Changed the World

by Christine King Farris (Author), London Ladd (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Press (August 1, 2008)

Through my Eyes

by Ruby Bridges

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Hardcover: 64 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Press (September 1, 1999)

Jabberwocky

by Lewis Carroll (Author), Christopher Myers (Illustrator)

Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; Library Binding edition (September 4, 2007)

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Comments
  • thanks for the mention of my book…
    however the title is misspelled —
    it’s THIS Jazz Man, not THE Jazz Man

    thanks for updating your post,

    karen ehrhardt

    March 15, 2009
  • Oops! My bad. Thanks for pointing that out, sometimes my typing fingers work faster than my brain.

    I truly enjoyed reading This Jazz Man, and I think it was the perfect fit for this list.

    March 15, 2009

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