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28 Great Books for Black History Month

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We’ve rounded up a Black History Month book list to keep you reading—and talking—all month long.

Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins
By Carole Boston Weatherford

A girl just wants to eat at the lunch counter. (Elementary)


Freedom School, Yes!
By Amy Littlesugar

The 1964 Freedom School Summer Project through a child’s eyes. (Elementary)


The Other Side
By Jacqueline Woodson

Two girls forge a friendship that bridges a segregated town. (Elementary)


Four friends stage a peaceful protest. (Elementary)


Child of the Civil Rights Movement
By Paula Young Shelton

The story of the civil rights movement. (Elementary)


A girl becomes the first black student at a New Orleans school.  (Elementary)


We March
By Shane W. Evans

The story of the 1963 March on Washington. (Elementary)


Mississippi Bridge
By Mildred D. Taylor

Thought-provoking story of a black family forced off a bus. (Elementary)


Ruth and the Green Book
By Calvin Alexander Ramsey, Gwen Strauss

A guide to black-friendly road stops helps a family drive from 1950s Chicago to Alabama. (Elementary)


The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963
By Christopher Paul Curtis

A family experiences racism in 1963 Birmingham. (Elementary)


Profile of a female civil rights leader. (Elementary)


A blues-inspired retelling of the Rosa Parks story and its impact. (Elementary)


Nine months before Rosa Parks, a teenage girl refuses to give up her bus seat. (Middle)


The civil rights era through the eyes of teen and young adult activists. (Middle)



Biography of the journalist, activist, and educator. (Middle)


Solid overview of the civil rights movement. (Middle)


Historic photos inspire a fictional story. (Middle)


John Lewis in the lead
By Jim Haskins, Kathleen Benson

Biography of the civil rights leader. (Middle)


The youngest marcher on the 1965 Selma march. (Middle)


Key moments in civil rights history. (Middle)



A 1968 teenager raises money to fight prejudice. (Middle)


One Crazy Summer
By Rita Williams-Garcia

Three sisters learn about civil rights in 1968. (Middle)



A fictional story about a civil rights tragedy in 1960s Mississippi. (Middle)


Stella by Starlight
By Sharon M. Draper

A girl stands up against the North Carolina Ku Klux Klan. (Middle) 


An autobiographical history of the civil rights movement. (High school)


Silver Rights
By Constance Curry

School integration in 1960s Mississippi. (High school)


The role of the Second Amendment in civil rights. (High school)


By Alice Walker

A college student finds a middle ground between extremists on both sides of the civil rights movement. (High school) 


This reading list is from the winter 2017 issue of HSL.