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Books that Celebrate Black Narratives

Black history is American history, and Black narratives are woven into the curriculum throughout the school year at Foote. Black History Month, celebrated in February, provides yet another opportunity to dive into books that celebrate Black history and Black narratives. 

Foote's librarians have been curating a selection of books to share with classroom teachers and with students during library classes. Librarians Jennifer Friedman, Katie Santomasso and Anna Stover picked 15 of their favorites for the list below.

Don't forget: Parents and caregivers are welcome to visit the library with their children to check out books during after school hours. To sign up for a slot, click here.

Picture Books: Grades K & Up

 

 

The Year We Learned to Fly

By Jacqueline Woodson, Illustrations by Rafael López

Imagination, strength and resilience are the themes of this spectacular new book by Jacqueline Woodson.

We Shall Overcome

By Bryan Collier

Gorgeous illustrations accompany the text of a Foote School favorite anthem and civil rights protest song.

Dream Street

By Tricia Elam Walker, Illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Beautiful illustrations and short vignettes show that people are at the heart of a community. 

Picture Book Biography: Grades 3 & Up  

Sweet Justice: Georgia Gilmore and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

By Mara Rockliff, Illustrated by Gregory Christie

A beautiful picture book biography about a hero of the civil rights movement.

Faith Ringgold: Narrating the World in Pattern and Color

By Sharna Jackson, Illustrated by Andrea Pippins

An inspiring picture book biography about artist and activits Faith Ringgold.

Stacey Abrams: National Geographic Kids

By Melissa H. Mwai

Enlightening biography about voting rights advocate and politician Stacey Abrams.

Early Chapter Books: Grades 2 & Up  

The Witch’s Apprentice

By Zetta Elliot

The third book in the wonderful Dragon’s in a Bag series

J.D. and the Great Barber Battle

By J. Dillard, Illustrated by Akeem S. Roberts

This hilarious new chapter book series that shows us all that your hobby can become your job!

Middle Grade Chapter Books: Grade 4 & Up  

Root Magic

By Eden Royce

An original story filled with magic, heart, history and family.

Maya and the Robot

Eve L. Ewing, Illustrated by Christine Almeda

Community, change and the magic of ingenuity come together in this uplifting story.

Books for Older Readers  

Recognize: An Anthology Honoring and Amplifying Black Life

Edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson

An inspiring anthology that celebrates Black culture and Black life.

Chlorine Sky

By Mahogany L. Browne

A spectacular coming of age novel in verse about friendship and loss.

Non-fiction for Older Readers  

Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers

By Michelle Obama

Who are you and what do you want to become? These questions are at the heart of this inspiration biography from Michelle Obama.

Run

By John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

John Lewis continues to inspire in this new, posthumous non-fiction graphic novel series about Lewis’s life in the 1960s.

Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

By Brandy Colbert

Extensively researched, this book weaves survivor quotes into the heartbreaking events that led to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

 

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