Book Selections for Black History Month Part 2: Middle Grade

In preparation for Black History Month (BHM), the second part of our series feature book selections intended for middle grade readers. Nonfiction titles published for the target audience of 8-12 year-olds contain broader vocabulary and more text, delving deeper into the subject—even though they may still fall into the picture book category. Sometimes the age and book type distinctions can be a bit confusing. But, thankfully, many books have crossover qualities, appealing to readers younger or older than the core group. The first of the 35 books listed is a biography of Carter G. Woodson, “The Father of Black History.” Part 1 has information about Carter G. Woodson. For additional titles, see our M. L. King post and Tonya Bolden author spotlight. History books for young adult readers will conclude our BHM series.




Carter G. Woodson: The Man Who Put "Black" in American History – James Haskins & Kathleen Benson

Carter G. Woodson: The Man Who Put

Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba, Angola, Africa, 1595 – Patricia C. McKissack

Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba, Angola, Africa, 1595 – Patricia C. McKissack

Many Thousand Gone – Virginia Hamilton

Many Thousand Gone – Virginia Hamilton

Let it Shine! Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters - Andrea Davis Pinkney

Let it Shine! Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters - Andrea Davis Pinkney

Fort Mose: And the Story of the Man Who Built the First Free Black Settlement in Colonial America – Glennette Tilly Turner

Fort Mose: And the Story of the Man Who Built the First Free Black Settlement in Colonial America – Glennette Tilly Turner

What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors - Kareem Abdul Jabbar

What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors - Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Reflections of a Black Cowboy: Pioneers - Robert H. Miller

Reflections of a Black Cowboy: Pioneers - Robert H. Miller

Ready from Within: Septima Clark & the Civil Rights Movement, A First Person Narrative - Septima Poinsette Clark

Ready from Within: Septima Clark & the Civil Rights Movement, A First Person Narrative - Septima Poinsette Clark

Bishop Daniel A. Payne: Great Black Leader – Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop

Bishop Daniel A. Payne: Great Black Leader – Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop

Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts – Patricia & Fredrick McKissack

Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts – Patricia & Fredrick McKissack

Susie King Taylor: Destined to Be Free – Denise Jordan

Susie King Taylor: Destined to Be Free – Denise Jordan

A Drawing in the Sand: A Story of African American Art – Jerry Butler

A Drawing in the Sand: A Story of African American Art – Jerry Butler

Undying Glory: The Story of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment – Clinton Cox

Undying Glory: The Story of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment – Clinton Cox

Black Stars: African American Women Scientists and Inventors – Otha Richardson Sullivan

Black Stars: African American Women Scientists and Inventors – Otha Richardson Sullivan

A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson –Michelle Y. Green

A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie

Flying Free: America’s First Black Aviators – Philip S. Hart

Flying Free: America’s First Black Aviators – Philip S. Hart

How They Got Over: African Americans and the Call of the Sea – Eloise Greenfield

How They Got Over: African Americans and the Call of the Sea – Eloise Greenfield

Book of Black Heroes from A to Z: An Introduction to Important Black Achievers for Young Readers – Wade Hudson

Book of Black Heroes from A to Z: An Introduction to Important Black Achievers for Young Readers – Wade Hudson

Powerful Words: More Than 200 Years of Extraordinary Writings by African American – Wade Hudson

Powerful Words: More Than 200 Years of Extraordinary Writings by African American – Wade Hudson

My Life: Queen of the Court – Serena Williams w/Daniel Paisner

My Life: Queen of the Court – Serena Williams w/Daniel Paisner

Jazz ABZ: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits – Wynton Marsalis

Jazz ABZ: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits – Wynton Marsalis

Black Stars in Orbit: NASA's African American Astronauts – Khephra Burns

Black Stars in Orbit: NASA's African American Astronauts – Khephra Burns

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement – Carole Boston Weatherford

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement – Carole Boston Weatherford

The Harlem Hellfighters: When Pride Met Courage – Walter Dean Myers

The Harlem Hellfighters: When Pride Met Courage – Walter Dean Myers

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball – Kadir Nelson

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball – Kadir Nelson

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad – Ann Petry

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad – Ann Petry

Jump at de Sun: The Story of Zora Neale Hurston – A. P. Porter

Jump at de Sun: The Story of Zora Neale Hurston – A. P. Porter

Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America – Sharon Robinson

Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America – Sharon Robinson

Witnesses to Freedom: Young People Who Fought for Civil Rights – Belinda Rochelle

Witnesses to Freedom: Young People Who Fought for Civil Rights – Belinda Rochelle

Toni Morrison: Magic of Words –Jim Haskins

Toni Morrison: Magic of Words –Jim Haskins

Onward: A Photobiography of African-American Polar Explorer Matthew Henson – Delores Johnson

Onward: A Photobiography of African-American Polar Explorer Matthew Henson – Delores Johnson

Leontyne Price – Joseph D. McNair

Leontyne Price – Joseph D. McNair

Through My Eyes – Ruby Bridges

Through My Eyes – Ruby Bridges

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America – Andrea Davis Pinkney

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America – Andrea Davis Pinkney

Discovering Black America: From the Age of Exploration to the Twenty-First Century – Linda Tarrant-Reid

Discovering Black America: From the Age of Exploration to the Twenty-First Century – Linda Tarrant-Reid

Grace, Gold, and Glory My Leap of Faith - Gabrielle Douglas w/Michelle Burford

Grace, Gold, and Glory My Leap of Faith - Gabrielle Douglas w/Michelle Burford

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