With Black History Month upon us, it’s time to shine a spotlight on some terrific books that are in our collection, most of which are recent additions. This year, we see books that feature themes of diversity and inclusivity, showcasing the vast range of people, experiences and voices within the black community. Come celebrate black history with us this February and all throughout the year with our amazing selection of books that affirm and teach the many ways we show up in the world!
Shirley Chisholm is a Verb! by Veronica Chambers, Illustrated by Rachelle Baker
Get inspired by the story of the first black woman elected to the United States Congress! She stood up for herself and for the people she represented, and never backed down! Check it out at the library
The Little Plant Doctor by Jean Marzollo, Illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max
An easy-to-understand introduction to the life of the great scientist George Washington Carver, as told from the unique and imaginative perspective of a tree. Check it out at the library
I Am Brown by Ashok Banker, Illustrated by Sandhya Prabhat
What kind of hair, food, talents, clothing, hobbies, belief systems, talents and professions can black and brown children possess and aspire to? So many possibilities! Check it out at the library
My Rainbow by Trinity and DeShanna Neal, Illustrated by Art Twink
The story of a neurodiverse black trans girl’s journey to find the hairstyle that fully expresses herself, with the help of her supportive, loving family.
When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukof, Illustrated by Kaylani Juanita
Aidan is a Black trans boy who is about to become a big brother. He takes his job seriously, making sure that his younger sibling won’t have to endure being misgendered the way that he was when he was little. Check it out at the library
Brown by Nancy Johnson James, Illustrated by Constance Moore
Come celebrate the beautiful spectrum of brown skin in this affirming ode, which runs the gamut from honey to gingerbread to coffee beans.