For February, we have compiled a list of must-read books and novels. This month’s focus is on books celebrating African American history. We have books for all ages and every taste.

CLASSICS:

“The Color Purple” by Alice Walker

Originally published in 1982 “The Color Purple” has become one of the most-loved classic historical fiction novels and has even won the Pulitzer Prize. The story highlights the traumas of domestic and sexual abuse and toxic masculinity, by following two sisters, black women in early 20th-century rural Georgia, separated at an early age.

MEMOIRS

“A Promised Land” by Barack Obama

Barack Obama highlights the pivotal moments he had in the Oval Office as the country’s first African American president. He takes the reader on an emotional journey of the ups, the downs, and his account of events and decisions.

“Through My Eyes,” by Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges was just a child when she became a hero to the African American community. Read her uncensored account of integrating into an all-white public school. A monumental taken on by one brave little girl, that changed the nation.

YOUNG ADULT

“The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

This young adult novel follows the story of a teenage girl who witnesses the fatal shooting of her best friend. What follows are protests, media frenzy, and the heartbreaking tolls it has on her and her community. It emphasizes the importance of speaking up about inequality, and start conversations on racism.

“Stella by Starlight” by Sharon M. Draper

This novel takes place during the depression era and follows a little girl. She must be increasingly brave when the Ku Klux Klan returns to her town. This gripping book is suggested for middle school readers but is a compelling read at any age.

CHILDRENS BOOKS

“I Am Enough,” by Grace Byers

This beautiful book is wonderful for any child, but especially for African American girls. It teaches young readers that they are perfect just the way they are.

“Brown Boy Joy,” by Thomishia Booker, Jessica Gibson, and Vicky Amrullah

A beautiful and encouraging book to all little boys of color. With vibrant and beautiful illustrations it celebrates the joy of young boys and gives positive affirmation on every page.