Black History Month: Picture Books

For Black History Month 2024, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is celebrating the Black experience in art, centering both Black artists and subjects. Historically, Black artists have and continue to create, shape, inspire, and pioneer visual arts, music, cultural movements and more. Join us as we honor the Black experience through book displays, resources, library programs and community events happening this February and throughout the year! Celebrate Black History Month with these book picks!

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The Artivist

Motivated by the realization of global inequities, a young boy embraces his dual identities as an artist and activist, becoming an “Artivist” to make a difference by using his viral mural as a catalyst for positive change.


Chef Edna: Queen of Southern Cooking, Edna Lewis

Edna loved to cook. Growing up on a farm in Freetown, Virginia, she learned the value of fresh, local, seasonal food from her Mama Daisy, as well as how to measure ingredients for biscuits using coins and to listen closely to her cakes to know when they were done. This title is also available as an eBook on Hoopla. 

Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance

From Children’s Literature Legacy Award-winning author Nikki Grimes comes a feminist-forward new collection of poetry celebrating the little-known women poets of the Harlem Renaissance–paired with full-color, original art from female African-American illustrators. You can also check out this title as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.

There Was a Party for Langston

A celebration of Langston Hughes and African American authors he inspired, told through the lens of the party held at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in 1991.

We Can: Portraits of Power

Partially-deaf, teenage prodigy Tyler Gordon presents bold paintings of more than 30 groundbreaking icons whose brave examples helped him deal with bullying. Brief commentaries explain Gordon’s choices and share insights about his painting process.