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Book recommendations pertaining to African American History.

Pre-1699 | 1700s | 1800s | 1900s | 2000s

Pre-1699

Topics include

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and YouReynolds, Jason
Kendi, Ibram X.
2020UMG
YA
Renaissance1415-2020North AmericaUnited StatesRacism
Civil Rights
NF
OV
NF
We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding our Racial DivideAnderson, Carol
Bolden, Tonya
2019UMG
YA
Renaissance1415-2020North AmericaUnited StatesRacismNF
OV
NF

1700s

Topics include

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
In the Shadow of LibertyDavis, Kenneth C.2019MG
UMG
Age of Revolutions1705-1850North AmericaUnited StatesSlaveryNF
Bio
CB
Copper SunDraper, Sharon M.2006YAAge of Revolutions1738North AmericaUnited StatesColonial AmericaFN
My Name is Phillis WheatleyCooper, Afua2021MGAge of Revolutions1753-1784North AmericaUnited StatesPhillis Wheatley
Slavery
NF
Bio
CB
A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave PoetLasky, Kathryn2017MGAge of Revolutions1753-1784North AmericaUnited StatesPhillis Wheatley
Slavery
NF
Bio
ER
Never Caught, The Story of Ona JudgeArmstrong Dunbar, Erica2019UMGAge of Revolutions1773-1802North AmericaUnited StatesColonial AmericaNF
Bio
CB
HomegoingGyasi, Yaa2016YA
A
Age of Revolutions1775-2016Africa
North America
United StatesRacism
African American History
F
OV
N
Black Heroes of the American RevolutionDavis, Burke1992UMG
MG
Age of Revolutions1775-1783North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican RevolutionNFCB
Answering the Cry for FreedomWoelfle, Gretchen2016MG
UMG
Age of Revolutions1775-1783North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican RevolutionNFCB
Speak Out in Thunder TonesSterling, Dorothy1998YA
A
Industrial Age1787-1865North AmericaUnited StatesSlavery
Abolition
NF
Bio
B

1800s

Topics include

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Jefferson's Sons: A Founding Father’s Secret ChildrenBrubaker Bradley, Kimberly2016UMG
YA
Age of Revolutions1806-1826North AmericaUnited StatesThomas Jefferson
Slavery
FCB
This Noble Woman: Myrtilla Miner and Her Fight to Establish a School for African American Girls in the Slaveholding SouthGreenburg, Michael M.2016YA
A
Industrial Age1815-1864North AmericaUnited StatesEducation
Myrtilla Miner
NF
Bio
B
The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Narrative of a Slave's Journey from Bondage to FreedomWalker, David F.2019YA
A
Industrial Age1817-1895North AmericaUnited StatesSlavery
Frederick Douglass
NF
Bio
GN
Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American FriendshipFreedman, Russell2016UMG
YA
Industrial Age1817-1879North AmericaUnited StatesAbraham Lincoln
Frederick Douglass
NF
Bio
B
Juba!: A NovelMyers, Walter Dean2016UMGIndustrial Age1842-1854North AmericaUnited StatesDance
William Henry Lane
F
Bio
CB
Seven for a SecretFaye, Lyndsay2014YA
A
Industrial Age1846North AmericaUnited StatesNew York City
Slavery
NYPD
FB
The Underground AbductorHale, Nathan2014MG
UMG
Industrial Age1849-1860North AmericaUnited StatesHarriet Tubman
Underground Railroad
NF
Bio
GN
Eliza's Freedom Road: An Underground Railroad DiaryNolen, Jerdine2017MGIndustrial Age1854North AmericaUnited StatesUnderground RailroadFCB
Two Miserable Presidents: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the Civil WarSheinkin, Steve2015YA
UMG
Industrial Age1856-1865North AmericaUnited StatesAbraham Lincoln
American Civil War
NFB
Day of TearsLester, Julius2007UMG
YA
Industrial Age1859North AmericaUnited StatesPhillis Wheatley
Slavery
FER
Elijah of BuxtonCurtis, Christopher Paul2009UMGIndustrial Age1860North AmericaUnited States
Canada
Slavery
Underground Railroad
FCB
Henry's Freedom BoxLevine, Ellen2007LEIndustrial Age1860-1865North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Civil War
Underground Railroad
NF
Bio
PB
This Republic of SufferingFaust, Drew Gilpin2008YA
A
Industrial Age1861-1865North AmericaUnited StatesDeath
American Civil War
NFB
Crossing Ebenezer CreekBolden, Tonya2018YA
A
Industrial Age1864North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Civil War
Sherman's March
F
OV
CB
All Different Now: Junteenth, the First Day of FreedomJohnson, Angela2014LEIndustrial Age1865North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Civil War
Emancipation
NF
OV
PB
Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and the Black American DreamImani, Blair2020YA
A
Industrial Age1865-1979North AmericaUnited StatesGreat MigrationNFCB
Abina and the Important Men: A Graphic HistoryGetz, Trevor R.2016YA
A
Industrial Age1876Gold CoastGhanaSlaveryNF
Bio
GN
Inventing VictoriaBolden, Tonya2020YA
A
Industrial Age1880North AmericaUnited StatesReconstructionF
OV
CB

1900s

Topics include

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
She Takes a Stand: 16 Fearless Activists Who Have Changed the WorldRoss, Michael Elsohn2015YA
A
Modern Age1900-2015North AmericaUnited States
France
ActivismNF
Bio
B
The Many Faces of Josephine Baker: Dancer, Singer, Activist, SpyCaravantes, Peggy2015YA
A
Modern Age1906-1975North AmericaUnited States
France
Josephine BakerNF
Bio
B
The Color PurpleWalker, Alice1982YA
A
Modern Age1909-1949North AmericaUnited StatesAfrican American History
Jazz Age
LGBTQ+
FN
The Harlem Renaissance: An Interactive History AdventureLassieur, Allison2013MGModern Age1918-1935North AmericaUnited StatesHarlem RenaissanceNFCB
Saving SavannahBolden, Tonya2020YA
A
Modern Age1919North AmericaUnited StatesAfrican American HistoryFN
Angel of GreenwoodPink, Randi2021YA
A
Modern Age1921North AmericaUnited StatesTulsa Race Massacre
Civil Rights
FN
Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race MassacreBoston Weatherford, Carole2021MGModern Age1921North AmericaUnited StatesTulsa Race Massacre
Civil Rights
NFPB
Marooned in the Arctic: The True Story of Ada Blackjack, the "Female Robinson Crusoe"Caravantes, Peggy2016YA
A
Modern Age1921-1983North AmericaUnited StatesAda Blackjack
Explorers
NF
Bio
B
The Burning (Young Readers Edition)Beard, Hilary
Madigan, Tim
2021UMG
YA
Modern Age1921North AmericaUnited StatesTulsa Race Massacre
Civil Rights
NFB
Ophie's GhostsIreland, Justina2021MG
UMG
Modern Age1922North AmericaUnited StatesJim Crow
Ghosts
FCB
Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?Levinson, Cynthia2008MGModern Age1929-1968North AmericaUnited StatesCivil Rights
Martin Luther King, Jr.
NFCB
Stella by StarlightDraper, Sharon M.2015UMGModern Age1932North AmericaUnited StatesGreat Depression
Segregation
FCB
Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War IIMullenbach, Cheryl2013YA
A
Modern Age1939-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWIINF
Bio
B
Code Name Pauline: Memoirs of a World War II Special AgentCornioley, Pearl Witherington2015YA
A
Modern Age1939-1945EuropeFrance
Great Britain
WWIINF
Bio
B
The Port Chicago 50Sheinkin, Steve2017YAModern Age1944North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Civil Rights
NFN
Mare's WarDavis, Tanita S.2009YAModern Age1944North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Women's Army Corps
NFN
Finding LangstonCline-Ransome, Lesa2018MGModern Age1946North AmericaUnited StatesGreat MigrationFCB
Midnight Without a MoonWilliams Jackson, Linda2017UMGModern Age1955North AmericaUnited StatesCivil RightsFCB
Through My EyesBridges, Ruby1999MG
UMG
Modern Age1960-1963North AmericaUnited StatesCivil Rights
Segregation
Ruby Bridges
NF
Bio
PB
We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's MarchLevinson, Cynthia2015MG
UMG
Modern Age1963North AmericaUnited StatesCivil RightsNFCB
I Have a DreamNelson, Kadir2012LE
MG
Modern Age1963North AmericaUnited StatesCivil Rights
Martin Luther King, Jr.
NFPB
Root MagicRoyce, Eden2021MG
UMG
Modern Age1963North AmericaUnited StatesCivil RightsF
M
CB
One Crazy SummerWilliams-Garcia, Rita2010MG
UMG
Modern Age1968North AmericaUnited StatesCivil RightsFCB
The Rock and the RiverMagoon, Kekla2009UMG
YA
Modern Age1968North AmericaUnited StatesCivil Rights
Black Panthers
F
OV
N
Riot BabyOnyebuchi, Tochi2020AModern Age1992North AmericaUnited StatesInner CityHFN
Concrete RoseThomas, Angie2021YA
A
Modern Age1998-1999North AmericaUnited StatesModern AgeFN

2000s

Topics include

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
The Hate U GiveThomas, Angie2017YA
A
Modern Age2017North AmericaUnited StatesBlack Lives MatterFN

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List of abbreviations:
Reading Age Genre Format
LE = lower elementary
MG = middle grade (8-12 yrs.)
UMG = upper-middle grade (11-14 yrs.)
YA = young adult (14+)
A = adult (18+)
NF - non fiction
F = fiction
Bio = biography
HF = historical fantasy
AH = alternate history
OV - own voices
M = mythology
S = spine book
PB = picture book
GN = graphic novel
ER = early reader
CB = chapter book
B = book (NF)
N = novel