Lists and Suggestions for Teens

List: Black History Month 2021: YA Nonfiction

Thakur, Sophia, author.

"In her publishing debut, internationally acclaimed performance poet Sophia Thakur takes you o...

Reynolds, Jason, author.

"A history of racist and antiracist ideas in America, from their roots in Europe until today, ...

Houtman, Jacqueline, author.

Bayard Rustin believed that every human being deserves respect and dignity. As a child he was taugh...

Beals, Melba, author.

A member of the Little Rock Nine shares her memories of growing up in the South under Jim Crow. ...

Marsalis, Wynton, 1961-

In a swinging improvisation with poster artist Paul Rogers, Wynton Marsalis celebrates the spirit of...

Theoharis, Jeanne

This biography examines Parks's life and 60 years of activism and brings the multifaceted, deca...

Sheinkin, Steve.

Presents an account of the 1944 civil rights protest involving hundreds of African-American Navy se...

Elliott, Zetta, author.

"Inspired by the #SayHerName campaign launched by the African American Policy Forum, these poe...

Lowery, Lynda Blackmon, 1950- author.

A 50th-anniversary tribute shares the story of the youngest person to complete the momentous Selma ...

Grimes, Nikki

From Children's Literature Legacy Award-winning author Nikki Grimes comes a feminist-forward ne...

Hoose, Phillip M., 1947-

Presents the life of the Alabama teenager who played an integral role in the Montgomery bus strike,...

Stone, Tanya Lee.

Examines the role of African-Americans in the military through the history of the Triple Nickles, A...

Walls, Jasmine, author.

"Sometimes the times were dark and the outlook was lonesome, but where there is a will, there i...

Mullenbach, Cheryl.

An account of the lesser-known contributions of African-American women during World War II reveals ...

Coates, Ta-Nehisi, author.

"A memoir from Ta-Nehisi Coates, in which he details the challenges on the streets and within ...

Goldstone, Lawrence, 1947- author.

"Following the Civil War, the Reconstruction era raised a new question to those in power in th...

Lewis, John, 1940-2020.

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights...

Lowinger, Kathy, author.

The story of the "Jubilee Singers, [who] traveled from Cincinnati to New York, following the p...

Govenar, Alan B., 1952-

This collection chronicles the search for freedom and opportunity and the achievement of success in ...

Madden, Bill.

Describes the 1954 World Series, when two black players went with their division-winning teams, the...

Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-2014.

Acclaimed writer Walter Dean Myers celebrates the people of Harlem with these powerful and soulful ...

Wright, Simeon, 1942-2017.

Documents the 1955 kidnapping and murder of teenage Emmett Till as remembered by his cousin, sharin...

Smith, Jessie Carney, 1930-

"Walking readers through a rich but often overlooked part of American history, this compendium...

Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-2014.

Few men in American history are as controversial as Malcolm X. In this provocative biography, Myers...