Black History Month Children’s Nonfiction

The lives of Black people, past and present, real and imaginary, are illuminated in the appealing titles below. Whether you choose the straight-forward biography of a contemporary activist, an alphabet book that traces the trajectory of Black history or an illustrated poem that portrays a child’s shifting emotions and experiences, you’ll find plenty to pore over and enjoy. For more titles focused on Black history and culture, check out these booklists for kids and teens.

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Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table

The story of former basketball star and current urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, whose vision of gardening from abandoned urban sites led to a grassroots feeding craze.




Build a House

Sorrow and joy, resilience and resolve, turmoil and transcendence, this dramatic debut offers a proud view of history and a vital message for readers of all ages: honor your heritage, express your truth, and let your voice soar, even–or perhaps especially–when your heart is heaviest.


The People Remember

A lyrical narrative that recounts the journey of African descendants in America by connecting their history to the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Includes author’s note and timeline of events. You can also check out this title as eAudio on OverDrive or as eAudio on Hoopla.