The very best books celebrating African American culture and values, by African American authors and/or illustrators, from 1970 to the present.

2019

A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919

by Hartfield, Claire,
Call Number: 320.158 H328
2018

Piecing Me Together

by Watson, Renee,
Call Number: YA
2017

March: Book Three

by Lewis, John
Call Number: 323.4092 L674-2 v.3

Winner of the 2017 Michael Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. U.S. Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis continues his story in the concluding volume of this graphic novel trilogy, which opens with the bombing of the Birmingham Baptist Church, Freedom Summer and ends with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 being signed into law.

2016

Gone Crazy in Alabama

by Williams-Garcia, Rita,
Call Number: x
2015

Brown Girl Dreaming

by 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.
 
 
2014

P.S. Be Eleven

by Williams-Garcia, Rita.
Call Number: x
2013

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America

by Pinkney, Andrea Davis
Call Number: x 920 P655-1
Grades 5 - 8
 
Presents the stories of ten African-American men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day.
2012

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

by Nelson, Kadir.
Call Number: x 305 N427

Gr. 4 and up. An unnamed narrator (based on Nelson's grandmother) tells the story of African Americans from before the American Revolution to the election of Barack Obama. Gorgeously illustrated and compellingly told.

2011

One Crazy Summer

by Williams-Garcia, Rita.
Call Number: x

Grades 4-8. During the summer of 1968, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters travel to Oakland, California to visit their mother, who abandoned them as babies. While there, they reluctantly spend time at a summer camp run by the Black Panthers.

2010

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall

by Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux.
Call Number: x 92 R332Ne folio
2009

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

by Nelson, Kadir.
Call Number: x 796 N4269

Gr. 3 and up. An elderly ball player regales his audience with the trials and triumphs of determined athletes and fans, beautifully enhanced by Nelson's glorious art. Includes a forward by Hank Aaron, himself once a player in the Negro League.

2008

Elijah of Buxton

by Curtis, Christopher Paul.
Call Number: x
2007

Copper Sun

by Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills).
Call Number: YA
2005

Remember: The Journey to School Integration

by Morrison, Toni.
Call Number: x 370 M882

Grades 3 - 8. Archival photographs focus on the children and teens and the role they played in school integration, with text imagining how the participants must have felt.

2004

The First Part Last

by Johnson, Angela
Call Number: YA
2003

Bronx Masquerade

by Grimes, Nikki.
Call Number: x
2002

The Land

by Taylor, Mildred D.
Call Number: x
2001

Miracle's Boys

by Woodson, Jacqueline.
Call Number: YA
2000

Bud, Not Buddy

by Curtis, Christopher Paul.
Call Number: x

Gr. 4 and up. 10-year-old Bud escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of a man he believes is his father, renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway. Winner of the 2000 Newbery Medal.

1999

Heaven

by Johnson, Angela, 1961-
Call Number: YA
1998

Forged by Fire

by Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills).
Call Number: x
1997

Slam!

by Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-2014.
1996

Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales

by Hamilton, Virginia, 1934-2002.
Call Number: x 398 H221-3
1995

Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters

by McKissack, Pat, 1944-2017.
Call Number: x 975 M158
1994

Toning the Sweep

by Johnson, Angela, 1961-
Call Number: x
1993

The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural

by McKissack, Pat, 1944-2017.
Call Number: x
1992

Now is Your Time!: The African-American Struggle for Freedom

by Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-2014.
Call Number: x 326 M996 1991
1991

The Road to Memphis

by Taylor, Mildred D.
Call Number: x Ed.a
1990

A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter

by McKissack, Pat, 1944-2017.
Call Number: x 331 M158
1989

Fallen Angels

by Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-2014.

Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam. 

1988

The Friendship

by Taylor, Mildred D.
Call Number: x
1987

Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World

by Walter, Mildred Pitts.
Call Number: x
1986

The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales

by Hamilton, Virginia.
Call Number: x 398 H221-1 1993
1985

Motown and Didi: A Love Story

by Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-2014.
1984

Everett Anderson's Goodbye

by Clifton, Lucille, 1936-2010.
Call Number: xz Ed.a
1983

Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush

by Hamilton, Virginia.
Call Number: x
1982

Let the Circle be Unbroken

by Taylor, Mildred D.
Call Number: x
1981

This Life

by Poitier, Sidney.
Call Number: 812.092 P757
1980

The Young Landlords

by Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-2014.
1979

Escape to Freedom: A Play About Young Frederick Douglass

by Davis, Ossie.
Call Number: x 793.1 D263 1990
1978

Africa Dream

by Greenfield, Eloise.
Call Number: xz Ed.a
1977

The Story of Stevie Wonder

by Haskins, James, 1941-2005.
Call Number: x 92 W8715Ha
  • Out of print/Unavailable
1976

Duey's Tale

by Bailey, Pearl.
1975

The Legend of Africania

by Robinson, Dorothy W.
  • Out of print/Unavailable
1974

Ray Charles

by Mathis, Sharon Bell.
Call Number: x 92 C476Ma 2001
1973

I Never Had it Made: An Autobiography

by Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972.
Call Number: 796.231 R662-3 1995
1972

Seventeen Black Artists

by Fax, Elton C.
Call Number: 709.73 F281
1971

Black Troubadour: Langston Hughes

by Rollins, Charlemae H.
  • Out of print/Unavailable
1970

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace

by McKissack, Pat, 1944-2017.
Call Number: x 92 K53McK-1