Black History Month Reading List
Black History Month Suggested Reading List

Fiction Selections

Amazing Grace
Author: Mary Hoffman, Illustrator: Caroline Binch
Grades: K-2
Category: Contemporary American Life

Cherries and Cherry Pits
Author and Illustrator: Vera B. Williams
Grades: K-2
Category: Contemporary American Life

I Love My Hair!
Author: Natasha Anastasia Tarpley, Illustrator: E.B. Lewis
Grades: K-2
Category: Contemporary American Life

Once Upon A Time
Author and Illustrator: Nikki Daly
Grades: K-2
Category: Contemporary South African Life

Show Way
Author: Jacqueline Woodson, Illustrator: Hudson Talbott
Grades: K-2
Category: Family/Slavery in America

Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins
Author: Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrator: Jerome Lagarrigue
Grades: K-3
Category: Civil Rights Movement (1960s)

The Patchwork Quilt
Author: Valerie Flournoy, Illustrator: Jerry Pinkney
Grades: K-3
Category: Family/Contemporary American Life

Going North
Author: Janice N. Harrington, Illustrator: Jerome Lagarrigue
Grades: 2-5
Category: Family/Segregation in American (1950s)

The Village That Vanished
Author: Ann Grifalconi, Illustrator: Kadir Nelson
Grades: 2-5
Category: Community/Slavery

Ernestine and Amanda (Series)
Author: Sandra Belton
Grades: 3-6
Category: Friendship/Segregation in America

Francie
Author: Karen English
Grades: 3-6
Category: Family/ Segregation in America (1930s)

Philip Hall Likes Me. I Reckon Maybe.
Author: Bette Greene
Grades: 3-6
Category: Contemporary American Life

Clara and the Hoodoo Man
Author: Elizabeth Partridge
Grades: 4-6
Category: 19th Century Rural American Life

The Red Rose Box
Author: Brenda Woods
Grades: 4-6
Category: Family/American Life (1950s)

Yolanda’s Genius
Author: Carol Fenner
Grades: 4-6
Category: Contemporary American Life

The Other Side
Author: Angela Johnson
Grades: 5-7
Category: Poetry

Day of Tears
Author: Julius Lester
Grades: 6-9
Category: Slavery in America

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf
Author: Ntozake Shange
Grades: 10-12
Category: Contemporary American Life

The Bluest Eye
Author: Toni Morrison
Grades: 11-12
Category: 1940s American Life


Non-Fiction Selections

A Picture Book of Rosa Parks
Author: David Adler, Illustrator: Robert Casilla
Grades: K-2
Category: Biography

The Story of Ruby Bridges
Author: Robert Coles, Illustrator: George Ford
Grades: K-2
Category: Biography

An Apple for Harriet Tubman
Author: Tilley Turner, Illustrator: Susan Keeter
Grades: 1-4
Category: Biography

Vision of Beauty: The Story of Sarah Breedlove Walker
Author: Kathryn Lasky, Illustrator: Nneka Bennett
Grades: 2-4
Category: Biography

Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters
Author: Andrea Davis Pinkney, Illustrator: Stephen Alcorn
Grades: 2-6
Category: Biography

A Voice of Her Own: A Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet
Author: Kathryn Lasky, Illustrator: Paul Lee
Grades: 3-5
Category: Biography

Maritcha: A Remarkable Nineteenth-Century American Girl
Author: Tonya Bolden
Grades: 4-7
Category: Biography

African American Women of the Old West
Author: Tricia Martineau Wagner
Grades: 5-8
Category: Biography

The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights
Author: Russell Freedman
Grades: 5-8
Category: Biography

African American Women Writers
Author: Brenda Wilkinson
Grades: 6-9
Category: Biography

Narrative of Sojourner Truth
Author: Sojourner Truth
Grades: 9-12
Category: Memoir

Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston
Author: Valerie Boyd
Grades: 10-12
Category: Biography

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Author: Harriet Jacobs
Grades: 10-12
Category: Memoir

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Author: Maya Angelou
Grades: 11-12
Category: Memoir

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name – A Biomythography
Author: Audre Lorde
Grades: 11-12
Category: Memoir


***Please Note:  The Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Reading List was compiled with the assistance of local librarians and teachers. It is not intended to be inclusive or fully comprehensive on the subject of Black History Month or related topics. Inclusion of a work on this list does not imply endorsement by Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council. These titles serve as suggested starting points for those seeking to celebrate Black History Month through literature. As always, we strongly encourage parents, guardians, and Troop Leaders to research selections for quality and appropriateness prior to providing books to girls.

For more information, please contact Amanda Martin at amartin@girlscoutsaz.org or 602.452.7056.