Book List

31 Black History Month Books for Young Readers

  • TEEN

    THE BLACKWOODS

    OCT. 3, 2023

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE BLACKWOODS

by Brandy Colbert

A striking testament to the bonds of family and a perceptive study in how events can echo throughout generations. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    AMERICAN WINGS

    JAN. 16, 2024

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

AMERICAN WINGS

by Sherri L. Smith & Elizabeth Wein

A fascinating, well-told American story full of compelling innovation. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    POEMHOOD

    JAN. 30, 2024

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

POEMHOOD

edited by Amber McBride , Taylor Byas & Erica Martin

A rich, thoughtful anthology exploring centuries of Black poetry. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    GHOST ROAST

    JAN. 2, 2024

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

GHOST ROAST

by Shawnelle Gibbs & Shawneé Gibbs ; illustrated by Emily Cannon

A fresh and charming modern Southern ghost story starring a plucky hero who isn’t afraid to stand up for the truth. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    BLESS THE BLOOD

    FEB. 6, 2024

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

BLESS THE BLOOD

by Walela Nehanda

Shatters mirrors and windows to reveal the jagged shards of self-determination: “gently volatile” and absolutely crucial. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    OUT OF BODY

    FEB. 6, 2024

  • TEEN

    BLACK GIRL YOU ARE ATLAS

    FEB. 13, 2024

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

BLACK GIRL YOU ARE ATLAS

by Renée Watson ; illustrated by Ekua Holmes

A compelling ode to self-resurrection and Black sisterhood that finds much-needed light in the world’s darkness. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF TATTERLY

    OCT. 10, 2023

CHILDREN'S

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF TATTERLY

by Shanna Miles

A richly detailed story that amplifies the importance of connections and community. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    MUHAMMAD ALI AND MALCOLM X

    OCT. 3, 2023

CHILDREN'S

MUHAMMAD ALI AND MALCOLM X

by Randy Roberts & Johnny Smith ; adapted by Margeaux Weston

An important volume for understanding a volatile time in U.S. history. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    SUSIE KING TAYLOR

    SEPT. 26, 2023

CHILDREN'S

SUSIE KING TAYLOR

by Erica Armstrong Dunbar & Candace Buford

A remarkable true story about harnessing one’s inherent dignity in a hostile world. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    GONE WOLF

    OCT. 3, 2023

  • CHILDREN'S

    TREASURE ISLAND

    OCT. 3, 2023

CHILDREN'S

TREASURE ISLAND

by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Daringly honors old heroes, stunningly integrating past and present with pitch-perfect success. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    MONTGOMERY AND THE CASE OF THE GOLDEN KEY

    OCT. 10, 2023

CHILDREN'S

MONTGOMERY AND THE CASE OF THE GOLDEN KEY

by Tracy Occomy Crowder

An engaging novel drawing strength from its rich narrative voice and celebrating Black historical luminaries. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE RECKONING

    JAN. 2, 2024

CHILDREN'S

THE RECKONING

by Wade Hudson

A powerful reminder to never stop speaking the truth. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    KIN

    SEPT. 19, 2023

CHILDREN'S

KIN

by Carole Boston Weatherford ; illustrated by Jeffery Boston Weatherford

A striking work that reshapes the narrative around enslavement. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    REMEMBER US

    OCT. 10, 2023

  • CHILDREN'S

    BARRACOON

    JAN. 23, 2024

CHILDREN'S

BARRACOON

by Zora Neale Hurston ; adapted by Ibram X. Kendi ; illustrated by Jazzmen Lee-Johnson

A powerful enslavement narrative from a literary icon, deftly retold for a younger audience. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE STORY OF SOJOURNER TRUTH

    JAN. 16, 2024

CHILDREN'S

THE STORY OF SOJOURNER TRUTH

by Anita Crawford Clark ; illustrated by Anita Crawford Clark

Clear and systematic, though the narrative flows more easily in later chapters. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE WALK

    SEPT. 12, 2023

CHILDREN'S

THE WALK

by Winsome Bingham ; illustrated by E.B. Lewis

This lovely introduction to an essential topic will be a new classic. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THERE WAS A PARTY FOR LANGSTON

    OCT. 3, 2023

  • CHILDREN'S

    IDA B. WELLS MARCHES FOR THE VOTE

    JAN. 2, 2024

CHILDREN'S

IDA B. WELLS MARCHES FOR THE VOTE

by Dinah Johnson ; illustrated by Jerry Jordan

Young activists in search of role models will find much to admire in this tough, courageous woman. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    DO YOU KNOW THEM?

    JAN. 9, 2024

  • CHILDREN'S

    FIGHTING WITH LOVE

    JAN. 9, 2024

  • CHILDREN'S

    JIMMY'S RHYTHM & BLUES

    JAN. 30, 2024

CHILDREN'S

JIMMY'S RHYTHM & BLUES

by Michelle Meadows ; illustrated by Jamiel Law

A high-quality introduction to an important figure in American literature. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    GO FORTH AND TELL

    FEB. 6, 2024

  • CHILDREN'S

    MILES OF STYLE

    FEB. 6, 2024

CHILDREN'S

MILES OF STYLE

by Lisa D. Brathwaite ; illustrated by Lynn Gaines

A compelling tale of an intriguing subject who left an indelible mark on fashion and culture. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

More Book Lists

The Magazine: Kirkus Reviews

Featuring 346 industry-first reviews of fiction, nonfiction, children’s and YA books; also in this special Indie Issue: a celebration of the rich diversity of indie publishing, interviews with indie authors, and more

subscribe
  • kirkus star
  • The Kirkus Star

    One of the most coveted designations in the book industry, the Kirkus Star marks books of exceptional merit.

  • kirkus prize
  • The Kirkus Prize

    The Kirkus Prize is among the richest literary awards in America, awarding $50,000 in three categories annually.

Great Books & News Curated For You

Be the first to read books news and see reviews, news and features in Kirkus Reviews. Get awesome content delivered to your inbox every week.

Thank you!

Close Quickview