Though on the surface it seems strange to come out with a reading list for Black History Month after the fact, one of the most important things we can do to support and advocate for people of color around the world is to keep reading and sharing their stories long after their designated ‚Äúmonth‚Äù is over. True equality, after all, comes when we read and listen and pay attention to all people in equal measure, and that means extending your reading list past the month of February and making it a point to read authors of color all year. Without any further ado, I’ll share a curated list of books for Black History Month ‚Äì fiction and non-fiction, comics and classics ‚Äì for people of all ages and backgrounds, any time of year.

Grades K-2
Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt de la Pena
Mixed Me, by Taye Diggs
The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats
A Chair For My Mother, by Vera Williams
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, by Carole Boston Weatherford

Grades 3-5
The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural, by Patricia McKissack
Henry’s Freedom Box, by Ellen Levine
Gone Crazy in Alabama series, by Rita Williams-Garcia
One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia
Freedom Over Me, by Ashley Bryan

Middle School
March series, by Sen. John Lewis
Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson
Elijah of Buxton, by Christopher Paul Curtis
Monster, by Walter Dean Myers
Seeds of America series, by Laurie Halse Anderson

High School/Adult
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Citizen, by Claudia Rankine
Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

-Rebecca Valley
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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