Children’s Fiction for Black History Month

From board books that celebrate the many shades of Black skin to novels that recount the history of struggles past and present, the stories below offer glimpses into the lives of Black children, their families and their communities. For more titles focused on Black history and culture, check out these booklists for kids and teens. 

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Black Boy, Black Boy: Celebrate the Power of You

A rhyming story that encourages Black boys to forge their own paths and introduces them to the accomplishments of some famous Black men throughout history. The back matter includes further information about the nine men mentioned in the story. 

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Hoopla. 

Black: The Many Wonders of My World

A girl describes the many wonders of the color black, which is the amalgam of all colors: the starry sky at night, her own black puppy and even the color of her eyes. 

Holler of the Fireflies

Javari knew that West Virginia would be different from his home in Bushwick, Brooklyn. But his first day at STEM Camp in a little Appalachian town is still a shock.  

This title is also available for checkout as an eAudioBook on OverDrive/Libby.  

Lotus Bloom and the Afro Revolution

Twelve-year-old Lotus Blossom, normally a peace-loving free spirit, must summon the courage to fight against a racist dress code and stand up for herself 


A board book that joyfully celebrates skin tone self-love with a mirror for little ones. 

Sky Watcher

Jada is excited to do a school project about her hero Dr. Mae Jemison until her research reveals how accomplished her hero truly is, making Jada feel like a failure in comparison. 

The Talk

As a little boy grows into a bigger boy, he must first have the difficult conversation Black families have with their sons, warning them about the challenges they face due to racism. 

We Shall Overcome

Beloved gospel anthem and civil rights protest song “We Shall Overcome” is brought to life by illustrator Bryan Collier and follows one young girl as she visits historic civil rights monuments and contemporary political protests.  

This title is also available for checkout as an eAudioBook on Hoopla.  

We Were the Fire: Birmingham 1963

Determined to stand up for their rights, eleven-year-old Rufus, a Black boy, and his friends participate in the 1963 civil rights protests in Birmingham, Alabama.