Black History Spotlight for Kids and Teens

This February, we want to shine light on the new books highlighting Black heritage and history. Take a look at what’s new in Children and Young Adult literature.

For Children:

The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver
By Gene Barretta

Gene Barretta’s moving words and Frank Morrison’s beautiful paintings tell the inspiring life and history of George Washington Carver, from a baby born into slavery to celebrated botanist, scientist, and inventor. His passion and determination are the seeds to this lasting story about triumph over hardship: a tale that begins in a secret garden.

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Hair Love
By Matthew Cherry

Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it’s beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he’ll do anything to make her — and her hair — happy.

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Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History
By Vashti Harrison

This beautifully illustrated board book highlights true stories of black men in history. The exceptional men featured include artist Aaron Douglas, civil rights leader John Lewis, dancer Alvin Ailey, lawman Bass Reeves, tennis champion Arthur Ashe, and writer James Baldwin.

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Brave. Black. First.
By Cheryl Willis Hudson

Published in partnership with curators from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, this illustrated biography compilation captures the iconic moments of fifty African American women whose heroism and bravery rewrote the American story for the better.

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For Young Adults:

Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism and You
By Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds.

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When You Were Everything
By Ashley Woodfolk

It’s been twenty-seven days since Cleo and Layla’s friendship imploded. Now Cleo wants to erase every memory, good or bad, that tethers her to her ex-best friend. Despite budding friendships with other classmates–and a raging crush on a gorgeous boy named Dom–Cleo’s turbulent past with Layla comes back to haunt them both.

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New in Nonfiction this February

Ranging from self-help and dating, to history and commentary on race, there’s so many great books available to read at the Pratt. Check them out!

Boys & Sex
By Peggy Orenstein

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Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies
By Tara Schuster

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Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It
By Kamal Ravikant

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Me and White Supremacy
By Layla F. Saad

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Supreme Models
By Marcellas Reynolds

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Taking Sexy Back
By Alexandra H. Soloman

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The State Vs. Albert “Prodigy” Johnson
By Prodigy Jonson

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The Toni Morrison Book Club
By Juda Bennet

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Tubman Travels
By Jim Duffy

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Us Against the World
By David and Tamela Mann

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Venus Noire
By Robin Mitchell

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You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time
By Patricia Marx

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What’s New in Romance in time for Valentine’s Day

You won’t need Cupid to fall in love with one of these fiction novels! Take a look at what’s new in Romance for Valentine’s Day.

The Worst Best Man
By Mia Sosa

A wedding planner left at the altar? Yeah, the irony isn’t lost on Carolina Santos, either. But despite that embarrassing blip from her past, Lina’s offered an opportunity that could change her life. There’s just one hitch: she has to collaborate with the best (make that worst) man from her own failed nuptials.

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Love, Unscripted
By Owen Nicholls

A cinema buff, Nick always fancied himself the Tom Hanks of his own romantic comedy. For four blissful years, things are perfect with Ellie until she leaves. Peppered with references to beloved movies, this novel explores how even a hopeless romantic can learn that in real life, love isn’t, shouldn’t be like what we see in the movies.

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Also new this month:

By Nikki-Michelle

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The Sea Glass Cottage
By RaeAnne Thayne

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The Sinner
By J.R. Ward

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Strengthen Your Relationships this Valentine’s Day

Whether you are spending Valentine’s Day solo, on a first date, or celebrating with a loved one, here’s a list of self-help books to strengthening your communication skills and relationships.

A Million First Dates
By Dan Slater
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Anxious In Love
By Carolyn Daitch and Lissah Loberbaum

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Be Honest – You’re Not That Into Him Either
By Ian Kerner
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Becoming Us
By Beth McCord and Jeff McCord

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Data, a Love Story
By Amy Webb

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Eight Dates
By John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman

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He’s Just Not That Into You
By Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo
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How To Keep Your Marriage From Sucking
By Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola
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Love and Life
By Laura Schlessinger
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The 5 Love Languages
By Gary Chapman
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The Wait
By DeVon Franklin and Meagan Good

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Unf#Ck Your Intimacy
By Faith G.

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Explore Black History & Culture with Kanopy

Kanopy is full of thoughtful, engaging, and entertaining films and documentaries. Take a look this Black History Month at one of the many films spotlighting Black history, culture, and talent.

She Did That
Don’t miss out on taking a peek inside the lives of Black women committed to opening doors for future generations. Learn about the passionate pursuits of Black women entrepreneurs including Lisa Price (Carol’s Daughter) and Melissa Butler (The Lip Bar).

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The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Jimmie dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation.

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Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
This electrifying journey through the public and private worlds of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones contrasts musical sequences with intimate personal footage, all the while brimming with Jones’s bold aesthetic.

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Check out these films too!