Celebrate Black History Month!

By Caroline O'Connor | February 1 2022 | AdultsChildren'sGeneralAllBlog

Image from Gee’s Bend: Equal Justice by Essie Bendolph PettwayPaulson Fontaine Press

 

February is Black History Month! Continue to celebrate the stories and achievements of the Black community throughout February and the rest of the year through self-education, conversation and action.


Black History Month

Amplify Black Voices: Cookbooks

Amplify Black Stories: Children’s Books

Amplify Black Voices- Graphic Novels


 

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She Persisted: Wangari Maathai
978-0-593-35358-5
Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who spoke up and rose up against the odds--including Wangari Maathai!
$5.99 US
Feb 01, 2022
5-5/16 x 7-5/8
Paperback
80 Pages
Philomel Books
Age 6-9 years

Marley and the Family Band 
978-0-593-30111-1
A picture book that celebrates music, love, and family from author Cedella Marley. A poetic story about a young girl who moves to a new country and learns to make friends—inspired by a childhood growing up with the musician Bob Marley as a father.
$17.99 US
Feb 01, 2022
9-1/2 x 10-1/2
Hardcover
40 Pages
Random House Books for Young Readers
Age 4-8 years

Hey You!
An Empowering Celebration of Growing Up Black
978-0-593-52942-3
This remarkable picture book is a lyrical, inspirational exploration of growing up Black, written by award-winning illustrator Dapo Adeola, and brought to life by some of the most exciting Black artists of today.
$18.99 US
Feb 01, 2022
9-3/8 x 11-1/4
Hardcover
48 Pages
Nancy Paulsen Books
Age 4-8 years

I'm Growing Great
978-0-593-42890-0
Confident, empowered girls are celebrated in this follow-up to Happy Hair, a flower-filled, nature-loving, read-together picture book that encourages growth and positivity,
$16.99 US
Jan 18, 2022
8 x 10
Hardcover
32 Pages
Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Age 3-7 years

Because Claudette
978-0-593-32640-4
From NYT bestselling author Tracey Baptiste comes a singular picture book that is both a biography about Claudette Colvin, the teen whose activism launched the Montgomery bus boycott, and a celebration of collective action.
$17.99 US
Feb 01, 2022
8-1/2 x 11
Hardcover
32 Pages
Dial Books
Age 6-8 years

A History of Me
978-0-8234-4257-7
An uplifting message of hope for the future and pride in your history, inspired by a mother's experience of being the only Black child in her classroom.
$18.99 US
Jan 18, 2022
8 x 10
Hardcover
32 Pages
Neal Porter Books
Age 4-8 years

Who Sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott?: Rosa Parks
A Who HQ Graphic Novel
978-0-593-22447-2
Discover the story behind Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott in this compelling graphic novel -- written by Oh My Gods! author Insha Fitzpatrick and illustrated by #DrawingWhileBlack organizer Abelle Hayford.
$12.99 US
Jan 11, 2022
5-5/16 x 7-5/8
Hardcover
64 Pages
Penguin Workshop
Age 8-12 years

Becoming Billie Holiday
978-1-63592-557-9
The stunning voice and hard life of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday is revealed through evocative, accessible poetry. Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
$10.99 US
Jan 11, 2022
6-1/2 x 9-1/2
Paperback
120 Pages
Wordsong
Age 9-12 years

Black Cake
A Novel
978-0-593-35833-7
In this moving debut novel, two estranged siblings must set aside their differences to deal with their mother's death and her hidden past--a journey of discovery that takes them from the Caribbean to London to California and ends with her famous black cake.
$28.00 US
Feb 01, 2022
6-1/8 x 9-1/4
Hardcover
400 Pages
Ballantine Books

Brave. Black. First. Puzzle
A Jigsaw Puzzle and Poster Celebrating African American Women Who Changed the World: Jigsaw Puzzles for Adults and Jigsaw Puzzles for Kids
978-0-525-57479-8
A one-of-a-kind puzzle featuring groundbreaking African American women, published in collaboration with the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.
$16.99 US
Jan 25, 2022
9-3/4 x 7-3/4
Game
500 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Professional Troublemaker
The Fear-Fighter Manual
978-1-9848-8192-2
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the New York Times bestselling author of I'm Judging You, a hilarious and transformational book about how to tackle fear--that everlasting hater--and audaciously step into lives, careers, and legacies that go beyond even our wildest dreamsLuvvie Ajayi Jones is known for her trademark wit, warmth, and perpetual truth-telling. But even she's been challenged by the enemy of progress known as fear. She was once afraid to call herself a writer, and nearly skipped out on doing a TED talk that changed her life because of imposter syndrome. As she shares in Professional Troublemaker, she's not alone.We're all afraid. We're afraid of asking for what we want because we're afraid of hearing "no." We're afraid of being different, of being too much or not enough. We're afraid of leaving behind the known for the unknown. But in order to do the things that will truly, meaningfully change our lives, we have to become professional troublemakers: people who are committed to not letting fear talk them out of the things they need to do or say to live free.With humor and honesty, and guided by the influence of her professional troublemaking Nigerian grandmother, Funmilayo Faloyin, Luvvie walks us through what we must get right within ourselves before we can do the things that scare us; how to use our voice for a greater good; and how to put movement to the voice we've been silencing--because truth-telling is a muscle.The point is not to be fearless, but to know we are afraid and charge forward regardless. It is to recognize that the things we must do are more significant than our fears. This book is about how to live boldly in spite of all the reasons we have to cower. Let's go!
$18.00 US
Dec 28, 2021
5-5/16 x 8
Paperback
336 Pages
Penguin Life

The Beautiful Struggle (Adapted for Young Adults)
978-1-9848-9405-2
Adapted from the adult memoir by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Water Dancer and Between the World and Me, this father-son story explores how boys become men, and quite specifically, how Ta-Nehisi Coates became Ta-Nehisi Coates.
$9.99 US
Jan 11, 2022
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Paperback
176 Pages
Ember
Age 12 and up

Manifestation Journal Magick
Guided 369, 555, and Scripting to Manifest Your Dream Life
978-0-593-43555-7
Claim your destiny with a guided journal for manifesting and achieving your goals. Awaken your inner magick and channel it with 3 powerful manifestation techniques.
$11.11 US
Dec 07, 2021
6 x 9
Paperback
128 Pages
Zeitgeist

Call Us What We Carry
Poems
978-0-593-46506-6
The instant #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestsellerThe breakout poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman
$24.99 US
Dec 07, 2021
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
240 Pages
Viking Books

Staples + 5
100 Simple Recipes to Make the Most of Your Pantry
978-0-7440-4215-3
Turn your pantry staples into something delicious.Nothing provides peace of mind like a well-stocked kitchen. Learn how to maximize your stores of beans, flour, and pasta with easy recipes that rely on a simple set of nonperishable ingredients supplemented by up to five additional items. Get dinner on the table without extra trips to the store, throw together a casserole for a neighbor in need, or entertain unexpected guests without added stress. You'll be ready for anything with 100 recipes for craveable comfort food to feed yourself, your family, and your community.Former MasterChef contestant Tanorria Askew shares recipes from her family's Midwestern table, drawing on a tradition of cooking she learned from her grandparents: make the most of what you have, and share it with those you love. Stock your shelves: Learn how to thoughtfully stock your pantry and fridge with everyday essentials and emergency rations.Make last-minute meals: Need to get dinner on the table quickly? You already have all you need.Perfect for beginners: Get a solid foundation in kitchen essentials and learn basic techniques with easy-to-execute recipes.Recipes include: Chicken, Mushroom, & Rice Skillet; Turkey, Black Bean & Sweet Potato Soup; Browned Butter Couscous Salad; Blackberry Cobbler
$18.99 US
Nov 23, 2021
7-11/16 x 9-3/16
Paperback
160 Pages
Alpha

The 1619 Project
A New Origin Story
978-0-593-23057-2
A dramatic expansion of one of the definitive journalistic events ofrecent years: The 1619 Project, The New York Times Magazine'saward-winning reframing of the American founding and itscontemporary echoes, placing slavery and resistance at the center of the American story.
$38.00 US
Nov 16, 2021
6-1/8 x 9-1/8
Hardcover
624 Pages
One World

An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States
978-0-8070-1168-3
The first intersectional history of the Black and Native American struggle for freedom in our country that also reframes our understanding of who was Indigenous in early America
$27.95 US
Nov 16, 2021
6 x 9
Hardcover
272 Pages
Beacon Press

This Long Thread
Women of Color on Craft, Community, and Connection
978-1-61180-824-7
Celebrate the diverse work of people of color in the craft community and explore the personal, political, and creative potential of textile arts and crafts.
$24.95 US
Nov 16, 2021
6-1/2 x 9
Paperback
376 Pages
Roost Books

Fierce Love
A Bold Path to Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking Kindness That Can Heal the World
978-0-593-23386-3
A healing antidote to our divisive culture, full of evocative storytelling, spiritual wisdom, and nine essential daily practices—by the first female, Black senior minister at the historic Collegiate Churches of New York
$27.00 US
Nov 09, 2021
6-1/8 x 9-1/8
Hardcover
224 Pages
Harmony

Will
978-1-9848-7792-5
One of the most dynamic and globally recognized entertainment forces of our time opens up fully about his life, in a brave and inspiring book that traces his learning curve to a place where outer success, inner happiness, and human connection are aligned. Along the way, Will tells the story in full of one of the most amazing rides through the worlds of music and film that anyone has ever had.
$30.00 US
Nov 09, 2021
6-1/8 x 9-1/4
Hardcover
432 Pages
Penguin Press

Black Futures
978-0-399-18115-3
NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' CHOICEAn archive of collective memory and exuberant testimonyA luminous map to navigate an opaque and disorienting presentAn infinite geography of possible futures
$25.00 US
Oct 26, 2021
7-3/8 x 9-1/8
Paperback
544 Pages
One World

Colorization
One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World
978-0-525-65687-6
This unprecedented history of Black cinema examines 100 years of Black movies—from Gone with the Wind to Blaxploitation films to Black Panther—using the struggles and triumphs of the artists, and the films themselves, as a prism to explore Black culture, civil rights, and racism in America. From the acclaimed author of The Butler and Showdown.
$30.00 US
Oct 19, 2021
6-1/4 x 9-1/4
Hardcover
464 Pages
Knopf

Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books
978-1-68405-586-9
Hear the riveting stories of Black artists who drew--mostly covertly behind the scenes--superhero, horror, and romance comics in the early years of the industry.
$34.99 US
Dec 15, 2020
8-1/2 x 11
Hardcover
240 Pages
Yoe Books

It's Life as I See it
Black Cartoonists in Chicago, 1940 - 1980
978-1-68137-561-8
Originally published by Chicago's Black press, long neglected by mainstream publishing, and now the subject of an exhibition by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, these comics showcase some of the mid-twentieth century's finest Black cartoonists.
$24.95 US
Jun 01, 2021
7-1/2 x 10
Paperback
200 Pages
New York Review Comics

March: Book One
978-1-60309-300-2
#1 New York Times BestsellerCongressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon and key figure of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president.Now, to share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis presents March, a graphic novel trilogy, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell (winner of the Eisner Award and LA Times Book Prize finalist for Swallow Me Whole).March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.Book One spans John Lewis' youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.Many years ago, John Lewis and other student activists drew inspiration from the 1958 comic book "Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story." Now, his own comics bring those days to life for a new audience, testifying to a movement whose echoes will be heard for generations.Winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award — Special Recognition#1 Washington Post BestsellerA Coretta Scott King Honor BookAn ALA Notable BookOne of YALSA's Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for TeensOne of YALSA's Top 10 Popular Paperbacks for Young AdultsOne of YALSA's Outstanding Books for the College BoundOne of Reader's Digest's Graphic Novels Every Grown-Up Should ReadEndorsed by NYC Public Schools' "NYC Reads 365" programSelected for first-year reading programs by Michigan State University, Marquette University, and Georgia State UniversityNominated for three Will Eisner AwardsNominated for the Glyph AwardNamed one of the best books of 2013 by USA Today, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, The Horn Book, Paste, Slate, ComicsAlliance, Amazon, and Apple iBooks.
$14.95 US
Aug 13, 2013
6-3/10 x 9-2/5
Paperback
128 Pages
Top Shelf Productions

The Life of Frederick Douglass
A Graphic Narrative of a Slave's Journey from Bondage to Freedom
978-0-399-58144-1
A graphic novel biography of the escaped slave, abolitionist, public speaker, and most photographed man of the nineteenth century, based on his autobiographical writings and speeches, spotlighting the key events and people that shaped the life of this great American.
$19.99 US
Jan 08, 2019
7 x 10
Paperback
192 Pages
Ten Speed Press

Muhammad Ali
978-1-5067-0318-3
Muhammad Ali was a world-renowned American Olympic and professional boxer as well as an important civil-rights activist. He is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century. This is his biography told in the graphic novel format.
$19.99 US
Nov 15, 2016
6 x 9
Hardcover
128 Pages
Dark Horse Books

Nubia: Real One
978-1-4012-9640-7
Can you be a hero...if society doesn't see you as a person?
$16.99 US
Feb 23, 2021
6 x 9
Paperback
208 Pages
DC Comics
Age 14 and up

The Black Panther Party
A Graphic Novel History
978-1-9848-5770-5
A bold and fascinating graphic novel history of the revolutionary Black Panther Party.
$19.99 US
Jan 19, 2021
7 x 10
Paperback
192 Pages
Ten Speed Press