30 Non-Fiction Titles & Biographies for Black History Month

17 Feb

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I’m working on a few other Black History Month booklists, but I’m in need of some help with a few questions, so while I’m doing some research, I thought I’d at least get a chance to promote some non-fiction and biographies. Although thirty titles seems like so many, there are so many more options available out there, I could never fit them all in one blog post!

  1. Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown and illustrated by Frank Morrison

  2. Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier and illustrated by Lori Lohstoeter

  3. Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Ekua Holmes

  4. Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews and illustrated by Bryan Collier

  5. When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson by Pam Muñoz Ryan and illustrated by Brian Selznick

  6. The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch by Chris Barton and illustrated by Don Tate

  7. Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Jamey Christoph
  8. Jazz Age Josephine by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

  9. Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills by Renée Watson and illustrated by Christian Robinson

  10. One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by Katie Smith Milway and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
  11. Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa by Jeanette Winter

  12. Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson and illustrated by Sean Qualls

  13. The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
  14. Rosa by Nikki Giovanni and illustrated by Bryan Collier
  15. Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine and illustrated by Kadir Nelson
  16. Jazz by by Walter Dean Myers and illustrated by Christopher Myers
  17. Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale

  18. Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
  19. Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

  20. The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko and illustrated by Sean Qualls

  21. A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jennifer Fisher Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet
  22. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin

  23. Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery, Elspeth Leacock, Susan Buckley, and illustrated by P.J. Loughran

  24. Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney
  25. Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Bryan Collier
  26. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  27. Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by Don Tate
  28. Courage Has Not Color: the True Story of the Triple Nickels, America’s First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone
  29. We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson
  30. March Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell
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