Celebrate Black History Month with Great Books

Africa is my Home: A Child of the Amistad by Monica Edinger  & Robert Byrd - This is a fictionalized tale of a child who arrives in America on the slave ship Amistad. It describes her capture, her witness to a mutiny, and the Supreme Court trial that prompts her return to Africa.

As Fast as Words Can Fly by Pamela M. Tuck and Eric Velasquez – Mason is a wiz at typing and uses his skills to help write letters during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. But when he is faced with hostility by the children and adults at his all-white school, he decided to take a stand.

Awesome African-American Rock and Soul Musicians by David Aretha – This book covers some of the music industry’s greatest talents such as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Prince.

Hey, Charleston! The True Story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band by Anne Rockwell & Colin Bootman – This is the true story of Reverend Daniel Joseph Jenkins, a big hearted man  who took in orphans and turned them into world class musicians.

This is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson and James Ransome - A rope passed down through the generations frames an African American family's story as they journey north during the time of the Great Migration.

Martin and Mahalia: His Words, Her Song by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney - As partners in the civil rights movement Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahalia Jackson fought segregation with the sheer power of their voices.