• Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

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February is Black History Month, read an author of color

February has so many spectacular events to celebrate, it’s hard to know where to begin! Let’s start by celebrating Black History Month, ok? Why not choose to read a few books written by an African American or depicting African American characters?

Read African American

Read an author of color this month!

Here are the ones depicted in the photo:

  • The Cruisers: A Star is Born by Walter Dean Myers
  • Pinned by Sharon G. Flake (the characters have special needs)
  • STAT: Double Team by my athlete BFF Amar’e Stoudemire

Don’t they look great? Flake gets extra bonus points for including kids with special needs!

What are YOU reading for Black History month?


My passion is advocating for diversity in children's and YA literature.

24 thoughts on “February is Black History Month, read an author of color”
  1. Thanks for the idea. I’m going to scour my shelves and read/reread a book or two by an author of color this month.

  2. I have Minion by L.A. Banks. I ran into a friend of my husband who wouldn’t stop raving about it!

  3. I think I am going to have to check out Cruisers. I like the subtitle, A Star is Born.

  4. I’m currently reading a book in the Them Bones Series. It does have a black ghost in it as a main character. I hope that counts.

  5. This is a fab idea! I love it and all of the books look like they’re a great pick. I just picked up a book from the author herself this past Saturday, called “Where Did We Go Wrong?” so I’m looking forward to reading that one too 🙂

  6. I see you have Peter’s Chair featured in another post. I read that to my 18-month-old all the time! I’m going to look into the book with the kids with special needs/ Such a great way to teach inclusion.

    1. keep up the reading; i’d love to hear how you liked your books!

  7. There are not many books out there with characters with special needs. Will put it on my to read list. Thanks Pam!

  8. I don’t think I’ve read any books this year with Black characters… damn, I need to get on that.

  9. Thanks for those recommendations.
    But I’d like to read From Where I Stand (http://amzn.to/XWai13) by Melodie Holmer. Here husband is the black pilot who was flying flight 93 in September 11th.
    I just found out about him yesterday! Even in the 9/11 movie, they portrayed him with a white actor.

  10. Hmmm…so I see I need to visit the library. I haven’t had the privilege of reading a good book in a long time, so this post was right on time. Thanks for the suggestions!

  11. I love that you are doing this! This month I’m highlighting all black authors, and your post gives me some more that I have missed. I realize that we can’t name them all in one month, but I love the fact that they are getting named! Kudos!

  12. Sure will jump on it!! Thanks for helping to keep us in the loop. Got plenty, but I will make it a point to sit with my granddaughters more this month and they read to the family.

  13. I’ve never heard of these books before — thanks for geeting the word out about them!

  14. I love to check out the classics during Black History Month, but this month I chose to read The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. It’s part of Oprah’s book club, and the author Ayana Mathis, is a brilliant black philly girl. Gotta support my local sisters!

  15. When I was a little girl my father refused to let us focus on Black History month. He instilled in us to always know our culture and history. Now that I have my own kids, I find that I am teaching them the same thing. I love reading and especially love reading authors of color. Thank you for the reminder!

  16. One of my favorite authors was Grace F Edwards. I LOVED her mystery series. There was some talk about a movie but it never happened.

  17. I love that you included contemorary authors on your list. We usually don’t see that those who are living are a part of history as well as those who are older or departed. Gonna seeak out Flake’s book!

  18. Thank you for all the great suggestions. I still have a little research to do then I will decide. I can’t wait.

    1. i have mixed feelings about BHM, honestly, its everyday for us, right? But yet, and still, we need to focus on readers of ALL colors.

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