Celebrate Black Excellence

By Kat La Mantia | January 12 2023 | AdultsChildren'sGeneralAllGiftPop CultureBlog

February marks Black History Month: a time to commemorate the lives and work of Black trailblazers, from artists and scientists to freedom fighters and politicians. Learn their stories, listen to contemporary voices advocating for the work that’s still left to be done, and celebrate Black excellence and culture through food, fashion, music, art, and more.

See some of our favorites below, and check out more from our title lists!

 

Black History Month – Children’s

Black History Month – History and Justice

Black History Month – The Arts

Black History Month – Gift

Black History Month – Food and Drink

The Light We Carry
Overcoming in Uncertain Times
978-0-593-23746-5
Practical wisdom and powerful strategies for staying hopeful and balanced in today’s highly uncertain world—from the #1 bestselling author of Becoming and former First Lady Michelle Obama
$32.50 US
Nov 15, 2022
6-1/8 x 9-1/4
Hardcover
336 Pages
Crown

Shine Bright
A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop
978-0-593-13273-9
American pop music is arguably this country’s greatest cultural contribution to the world, and its singular voice and virtuosity were created by a shining thread of Black women geniuses stretching back to the country’s founding. This is their surprising, heartbreaking, soaring story—from “one of the generation’s greatest, most insightful, most nuanced writers in pop culture” (Shea Serrano)
$18.00 US
Feb 14, 2023
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
336 Pages
Roc Lit 101

Black Food
Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora [A Cookbook]
978-1-9848-5972-3
A beautiful, rich, and groundbreaking book exploring Black foodways within America and around the world, curated by food activist and author of Vegetable Kingdom Bryant Terry.
$40.00 US
Oct 19, 2021
7-1/2 x 9-1/2
Hardcover
320 Pages
4 Color Books

A Few Days Full of Trouble
Revelations on the Journey to Justice for My Cousin and Best Friend, Emmett Till
978-0-593-13426-9
In a hypnotic interplay between uncovered facts and vivid recall, the last surviving eyewitness to the lynching of Emmett Till tells his story, with moving recollections of Till as a boy, critical insights into the recent investigation, and powerful lessons for racial reckoning, both then and now.
$28.99 US
Jan 10, 2023
6-1/8 x 9-1/4
Hardcover
416 Pages
One World

The Green Piano
How Little Me Found Music
978-0-593-47987-2
This autobiographical picture book by the multiple Grammy Award-winning singer Roberta Flack recounts her childhood in a home surrounded by music and love: it all started with a beat-up piano that her father found in a junkyard, repaired, and painted green.
$18.99 US
Jan 10, 2023
10 x 10
Hardcover
40 Pages
Anne Schwartz Books
Age 4-8 years

Black Archives
A Photographic Celebration of Black Life
978-1-9848-5929-7
A photographic celebration and exploration of Black identity and experience through the twentieth century from the founder and curator of the hit multimedia platform Black Archives.
$35.00 US
Feb 14, 2023
8-1/2 x 10
Hardcover
288 Pages
Ten Speed 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

Trap Kitchen: Mac N' All Over The World
Bangin' Mac N' Cheese Recipes from Around the World
978-1-954220-26-3
Foreword by Snoop Dogg A collection of 50 delicious worldwide mac n' cheese recipes from two chefs who have graduated from paper to cloth napkins. With Mac N' All Over The World, the Trap Kitchen franchise goes global. "variations of cheese-drenched pasta scour the earth for inspiration.. No ounce of cheese ... is wasted in these deliciously outrageous recipes."  - Publishers Weekly "The cookbook spills the secrets on their most notorious dish and ... flavors of regions from around the world."  - Ebony
$24.95 US
Jul 19, 2022
7-3/8 x 9-1/8
Hardcover
128 Pages
Kingston Imperial

March (Trilogy Slipcase Set)
978-1-60309-395-8
The award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy is complete! Celebrate with this commemorative set containing all three volumes of March in a stunning new slipcase designed by Nate Powell and Chris Ross and colored by José Villarrubia.
$49.99 US
Sep 06, 2016
6-7/10 x 10-1/10
Boxed Set
576 Pages
Top Shelf Productions

Brave. Black. First.
50+ African American Women Who Changed the World
978-0-525-64584-9
Published in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, discover over 50 remarkable Black women whose unique skills and contributions paved the way for the next generation of young people.
$12.99 US
Jan 10, 2023
7-1/2 x 10
Paperback
128 Pages
Yearling
Age 8-12 years

The Hip-Hop Queens Oracle Deck
A 52-Card Deck and Guidebook: Oracle Cards
978-0-593-23322-1
A stunningly illustrated oracle deck featuring 52 of hip-hop’s most influential queens (from Lauryn Hill to Megan Thee Stallion) serving as compass points for spiritual growth and portals to guidance and meditation—from the author of God Save the Queens: The Essential History of Women in Hip-Hop. 
$23.00 US
Nov 23, 2021
4-7/8 x 6-3/8
Cards
52 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Letters to a Young Athlete
978-1-9848-8180-9
A legendary NBA player and beloved teammate shares his hard-earned wisdom about finding your true purpose and mastering your inner game, whatever that game might be.
$18.00 US
Jun 14, 2022
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Paperback
256 Pages
Penguin Books

Jubilee
Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking: A Cookbook
978-1-5247-6173-8
Adapted from historical texts and rare African-American cookbooks, the 125 recipes of Jubilee paint a rich, varied picture of the true history of African-American cooking: a cuisine far beyond soul food.
$35.00 US
Nov 05, 2019
8 x 10
Hardcover
320 Pages
Clarkson Potter

An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States
978-0-8070-0699-3
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
$18.95 US
Nov 15, 2022
6 x 9
Paperback
272 Pages
Beacon Press

Recognize!
An Anthology Honoring and Amplifying Black Life
978-0-593-38162-5
In the stunning follow-up to The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth, award-winning Black authors and artists come together to create a moving anthology collection celebrating Black love, Black creativity, Black resistance, and Black life.
$8.99 US
Oct 04, 2022
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Paperback
208 Pages
Yearling
Age 10 and up

AphroChic
Celebrating the Legacy of the Black Family Home
978-0-593-23400-6
A powerful, visually stunning celebration of Black homeownership, featuring inspiring homes and family histories of notable Black Americans—including chef Alexander Smalls and actor Danielle Brooks.
$35.00 US
Nov 15, 2022
8 x 10
Hardcover
256 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Marvel Studios' Black Panther: Dreams of Wakanda
Creators, Writers, and Comics Legends on the Impact of Marvel Studios' Black Panther
978-1-9848-2617-6
Join creators, writers, and comics legends as they discuss the impact of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther in this gorgeously illustrated collection of essays.
$25.00 US
Sep 06, 2022
6 x 8
Hardcover
160 Pages
Random House Worlds

Life Is What You Bake It
Recipes, Stories, and Inspiration to Bake Your Way to the Top: A Baking Book
978-0-593-13768-0
The winner of The Great American Baking Show shares her story of personal growth and more than 100 delicious recipes.
$29.99 US
Sep 07, 2021
7-7/16 x 10
Hardcover
288 Pages
Clarkson Potter

His Name Is George Floyd
One Man's Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice
978-0-593-49061-7
• A Finalist for the National Book Award• A Best Book of the Year from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Hudson Retail, TIME, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Review, Library Journal, Booklist, Book Riot, and more!A landmark biography by two prizewinning Washington Post reporters that reveals how systemic racism shaped George Floyd's life and legacy—from his family’s roots in the tobacco fields of North Carolina, to ongoing inequality in housing, education, health care, criminal justice, and policing—telling the singular story of how one man’s tragic experience brought about a global movement for change.“It is a testament to the power of His Name Is George Floyd that the book’s most vital moments come not after Floyd’s death, but in its intimate, unvarnished and scrupulous account of his life . . . Impressive.”—New York Times Book Review“Since we know George Floyd’s death with tragic clarity, we must know Floyd’s America—and life—with tragic clarity. Essential for our times.”—Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist“A much-needed portrait of the life, times, and martyrdom of George Floyd, a chronicle of the racial awakening sparked by his brutal and untimely death, and an essential work of history I hope everyone will read.”—Henry Louis Gates, Jr., author of The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song
$30.00 US
May 17, 2022
6 x 9
Hardcover
432 Pages
Viking

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

Queer Love in Color
978-1-9848-5764-4
A photographic celebration of the love and relationships of queer people of color by a New York Times multimedia journalist.
$28.00 US
May 04, 2021
8 x 9
Hardcover
224 Pages
Ten Speed Press

A Little Devil in America
In Praise of Black Performance
978-1-9848-0120-3
A stirring meditation on Black performance in America from the New York Times bestselling author of Go Ahead in the Rain   “Whether heralding unsung entertainers or reexamining legends, Hanif Abdurraqib weaves together gorgeous essays that reveal the resilience, heartbreak, and joy within Black performance. I read this book breathlessly.”—Brit Bennett, author of The Vanishing Half
$18.00 US
Mar 08, 2022
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
320 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks

Sweet Potato Soul
100 Easy Vegan Recipes for the Southern Flavors of Smoke, Sugar, Spice, and Soul : A Cookbook
978-0-451-49889-2
Chef and charismatic blogger with 217,000 followers across social media, Jenné Claiborne grew up in Atlanta eating classic soul food--but thought she had to give all that up when she went vegan. She now celebrates the plant-based roots of the cuisine and reenvisions 100 classic dishes with a focus on healthy, whole ingredients--and a fresh and vibrant flair for flavor.
$19.99 US
Feb 06, 2018
7-3/8 x 9-1/8
Paperback
224 Pages
Harmony

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

Rebel Girls of Black History: A Sticker-by-Number Book
978-0-593-40741-7
Color with stickers to create gorgeous keepsakes of exceptional Black women. These twelve heroes will encourage any Rebel Girl to pursue her dreams without limits.  It’s the perfect gift for young dreamers!
$14.99 US
Nov 02, 2021
8 x 10-3/4
Paperback
64 Pages
Dial Books
Age 5-8 years

Living While Black
Using Joy, Beauty, and Connection to Heal Racial Trauma
978-0-8070-0810-2
A Guardian “Best Book of 2021” Selection A powerful look at the impacts of anti-Black racism and a practical guide for overcoming racial trauma through radical self-care as a form of resistance
$17.00 US
Jan 24, 2023
5-1/2 x 8-1/2
Paperback
264 Pages
Beacon Press

Feeling Seen
The Photographs of Campbell Addy
978-3-7913-8846-5
Candid and personal, dazzling with color and immediacy, this first and only monograph of a rising star of the photography scene features work from major labels and magazines, outtakes from shoots, and newly commissioned texts by Edward Enninful and Ekow Eshun on the importance of authentic diversity behind and in front of the camera.  
$55.00 US
Jun 07, 2022
9-1/2 x 12
Hardcover
208 Pages
Prestel

In Bibi's Kitchen
The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries that Touch the Indian Ocean [A Cookbook]
978-1-9848-5673-9
Grandmothers from eight eastern African countries welcome you into their kitchens to share flavorful recipes and stories of family, love, and tradition in this transporting cookbook-meets-travelogue.
$35.00 US
Oct 13, 2020
8 x 10
Hardcover
288 Pages
Ten Speed Press

The Black History Book
Big Ideas Simply Explained
DK
978-0-7440-4214-6
Discover the rich and complex history of the peoples of Africa, and the struggles and triumphs of Black cultures and communities around the world.    
$27.99 US
Nov 23, 2021
7-11/16 x 9-3/16
Hardcover
336 Pages
DK

Black Boy Joy
17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood
978-0-593-37993-6
Celebrate the joys of Black boyhood with stories from seventeen bestselling, critically acclaimed Black authors--including Jason Reynolds, Jerry Craft, and Kwame Mbalia! "Pick up Black Boy Joy for a heavy dose of happiness."—Booklist, starred review
$16.99 US
Aug 03, 2021
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
320 Pages
Delacorte Press
Age 9-12 years