7 Books for Teens to Read in Honor of Black History Month


Only a few days are left for Black History Month 2021. Nevertheless, to celebrate, here are a few literary recommendations! From poems to Y.A. page-turners and classic novels, these books will forever be present to inspire, thrill, and educate.

The Hate you Give, by Angie thomas

The main protagonist of this book, Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds. From the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend. Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what's right.

March Series, By John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

The March trilogy is an autobiographical black and white graphic novel trilogy about the Civil rights movement, told through the perspective of civil rights leader and U.S. Congressman John Lewis. The series is written by Lewis and Andrew Aydin, and illustrated and lettered by Nate Powell.

Dear Martin, By Nic Stone

Dear Martin by Nic Stone is a realistic fiction book. It depicts identity, racism, and adolescence through the eyes of an African American teenager named Justyce McAllister. This is the story of an Ivy League-bound African American student named Justyce who becomes a victim of racial profiling.

Brown Girl Dreaming, By Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl Dreaming follows the childhood of the author, Jacqueline Woodson, from her birth to around age ten. Jacqueline is born in Ohio, the youngest child of three. This book takes place in 1963, during the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

New Kid, Jerry Craft

This book is about seventh grader Jordan Banks who loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. However, instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham, By Christopher Paul Curtis

This book tells the story of a loving African-American family living in the town of Flint, Michigan, in 1963. When Byron, the oldest son begins to get into a bit of trouble, the parents decide he should spend the summer and possibly the next school year with Grandma Sands in Birmingham, Alabama.

Becoming, By Michele Obama

Becoming is the memoir of former United States first lady Michelle Obama. It talks about her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother.

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