A selected list of children's non-fiction books about African American history and the African American experience.


28 days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World

Smith, Charles R.
Call Number: x 920 S644 folio

Brown Girl Dreaming

Woodson, Jacqueline
Call Number: x 92 W8985
Grades 5 - 8. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world.
 
 

The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage

Alko, Selina
Call Number: x 323.1 A415

Grades 1 -5

The story of interracial couple Mildred and Richard Loving, who got married in Washington, D.C., and were arrested after they returned to Virginia, and took their legal case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Doctor With an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath

Mosca, Julia Finley
Call Number: x 92 B331Mo

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life

Bryan, Ashley, .
Call Number: x 811 B915-2

Based on a real 1828 document appraising a home of a slaveholder and giving a monetary value for the 11 enslaved people. It pairs dramatic woodcut portraits of each individual with a poetic reimaging of their lives, struggles and aspirations.  

 

Hey Black Child

Perkins, Useni Eugene
Call Number: x 811 P451

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

Shetterly, Margot Lee
Call Number: x 920 S5535-1

Ice Breaker: How Mabel Fairbanks Changed Figure Skating

Vina, Rose
Call Number: x 796.9 F164Vi

Let's Clap, Jump, Sing, & Shout; Dance, Spin, and Turn it Out!: Games, Songs, and Stories From an African American Childhood

McKissack, Pat
Call Number: x 790 M158

Libba: the Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten

Veirs, Laura
Call Number: x 92 C846Ve

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Harrison, Vashti
Call Number: x 920 H322

Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968

Duncan, Alice Faye
Call Number: x 323.1 D911-1

Never Caught, the Story of Ona Judge: George and Martha Washington's Courageous Slave Who Dared to Run Away

Dunbar, Erica Armstrong
Call Number: x 92 J92Du

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

Hubbard, Rita L.
Call Number: x 92 H1824Hu

Grades K - 3

Mary Walker, born into slavery in 1848, had to wait a long time before tackling the challenge of literacy. She was 116 years old when she was declared the oldest student in the nation. Proof positive that it is never too late to accomplish something amazing.

Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls

Bolden, Tonya
Call Number: x 920 B687-3

A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation

Wittenstein, Barry
Call Number: x 323.1 W829

Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis

Asim, Jabari
Call Number: x 92 L6739As

The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop

Weatherford, Carole Boston
Call Number: x 784 W362

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

Weatherford, Carole Boston
Call Number: x 92 S369 folio

Struttin' With Some Barbecue: Lil Hardin Armstrong Becomes the First Lady of Jazz

Powell, Patricia Hruby
Call Number: x 92 A7355Po

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy

Medina, Tony
Call Number: x 811 M491-3

This Promise of Change: One Girl's Story in the Fight for School Equality

Boyce, Jo Ann Allen
Call Number: x 370 B789

Trailblazer: The Story of Ballerina Raven Wilkinson

Schubert, Leda
Call Number: x 92 W687Sc

The Undefeated

Alexander, Kwame
Call Number: x 811 A376-1

Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions

Barton, Chris
Call Number: x 92 J674Ba