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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