2014 Black History Month Recommended Reading from Just Read, Florida!

This recommended reading list, in celebration of Florida's Black History Month, highlights African-American literature. This list provides an excellent source of suggested books for children of all ages. Just Read, Florida! makes reading a priority in Florida's public schools and among the community groups and volunteer organizations that support them. For more information, please visit www.justreadflorida.com.

Elementary (Grades PreK-3)

Elementary (Grades 4-5)

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

  • 1001 Things People Should Know about African American History, by Steward, Jeffrey C.
  • A Friendship for Today, by McKissack, Patricia C.
  • Andrew Young: Young Man With a Mission, by Haskins, James
  • Another Way to Dance, by Southgate, Martha
  • Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African American Whalers, by McKissack, Patricia C. & Frederick L.
  • Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: The Story of New York's African Burial Ground, by Hansen, Joyce and McGowan, Gary
  • Chains, by Anderson, Laurie Halse
  • Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir, by Greenfield, Eloise and Little, Lessie Jones
  • Dark Sons, by Grimes, Nikki
  • Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States, by McKissack, Patricia C. and Frederick L.
  • Days of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue, by Lester, Julius
  • Elijah of Buxton, by Curtis, Christopher Paul
  • Forged by Fire, by Draper, Sharon M.
  • Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, by Freedman, Russell
  • Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, by Ben Carson
  • I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry, by Catherine Clinton
  • Let the Circle Be Unbroken, by Taylor, Mildred D.
  • Locomotion, by Woodson, Jacqueline
  • Maizon at Blue Hill, by Woodson, Jacqueline
  • Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl, by Bolden, Tonya
  • Miracle's Boys, by Woodson, Jacqueline
  • Never Forgotten, by McKissack, Patricia
  • Nightjohn, by Paulsen, Gary
  • Now is Your Time: The African American Struggle for Freedom, by Myers, Walter Dean
  • Numbering all the Bones, by Rinaldi, Ann
  • Powerful Words, by Hudson, Wade
  • Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts, by McKissack, Patricia C. and Frederick L.
  • Soujourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman?, by McKissack, Patricia C. and Frederick L.
  • The Battle of Jericho, by Draper, Sharon
  • The Last Safe House: A Story of the Underground Railroad, by Barbara Greenwood
  • The Land, by Taylor, Mildred
  • The Legend of Buddy Bush, by Moses, Sheila P.
  • The Other Side: Shorter Poems, by Johnson, Angela
  • The Red Rose Box, by Woods, Brenda
  • The Road to Paris, by Grimes, Nikki
  • The Skin I'm In, by Flake, Sharon
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham, by Curtis, Christopher Paul
  • The Way a Door Closes, by Smith, Hope Anita
  • The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr., by Coretta Scott King
  • To Be a Slave, by Lester, Julius
  • Toning the Sweep, by Johnson, Angela
  • Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali, by Smith Jr., Charles R.

High School (Grades 9-12)

  • A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry, Lorraine
  • A Wreath For Emmett Till, by Nelson, Marilyn
  • Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave, by Hamilton, Virginia
  • Autobiography of My Dead Brother, by Myers, Walter Dean
  • Barbara Jordan, by Haskins, James
  • Becoming Billie Holiday, by Weatherford, Carole Boston
  • Benjamin Banneker, by Patterson, Lillie
  • Black Boy, Wright, Richard
  • Black Troubador: Langston Hughes, by Rollins, Charlemae
  • Black, Blue, and Gray: African Americans in the Civil War, Haskins, Jim by Stewart, Ruth Ann
  • Coretta Scott King, by Patterson, Lillie
  • Cornrows, by Yarborough, Camille
  • Darkness Before Dawn, by Draper, Sharon
  • Don’t Explain: A Song of Billie Holiday, by De Veaux, Alexis
  • Fallen Angels, by Myers, Walter Dean
  • Giants: The Parallel lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, by Stauffer, John
  • Harlem Hustle, by McDonald, Janet
  • I Have a Dream, by King, Martin Luther, Jr.
  • I Never Had It Made: the Autobiography of Jackie Robinson, as told, by Duckett, Alfred
  • James Van Der Zee: The Picture Takin’ Man, by Haskins, James
  • Just Another Hero, by Draper, Sharon M.
  • Lena Horne, by Haskins, James
  • Let the Lion Eat Straw, by Southerland, Ellease
  • Lou in the Limelight, by Hunter, Kristin
  • Mare’s War, by Davis, Tanita S.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Freedom Movement, by Patters, Lillie
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace, by Patterson, Lillie
  • Marvin and Tige, by Glass, Frankcina
  • Mining for Freedom: Black History Meets the California Gold Rush, Roberts, Sylvia Alden
  • Mississippi Challenge, by Walter, Mildred Pitts
  • Monster, by Myers, Walter Dean
  • Movin’ Up, by Gordy, Berry
  • My Chill Wind, by McDonald, Janet
  • Portia: The Life of Portia Washington Pittman, the Daughter of Booker T. Washington,
  • Remember: The Journey to School Integration, by Morrison, Toni
  • Street Love, by Myers, Walter Dean
  • The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing - Traitor to the Nation, by Anderson, M. T.
  • The First Part Last, by Johnson, Angela
  • The Freedom Business, by Nelson, Marilyn
  • The Legend of Africana, by Robinson, Dorothy
  • The Magical Adventures of Pretty Pearl, by Hamilton, Virginia
  • The Middle Passage: White Ships Black Cargo, by Feelings, Tom
  • The Negro Speaks of Rivers, by Hughes, Langston and Lewis, E. B.
  • The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream, by Davis, Sampson, Jenkins, George, Hunt, Rameck, with Page, Lisa Frazier
  • The Story of Stevie Wonder, James Haskins
  • The Young Landlords, by Myers, Walter Dean
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston, Zora Neale
  • This Life, by Poitier, Sidney
  • To be a Slave, Lester, Julius
  • Trouble’s Child, by Walter, Mildred Pitts
  • We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Led to Success, by Davis, Sampson, Jenkins, George, Hunt, Rameck and Draper, Sharon
  • Women of Hope, by Joyce Hansen

List originally posted on: 2014 Black History Month Recommended Reading from Just Read, Florida! by the Florida Department of Education.

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