New and Updated Booklists for Black History Month

We’ve been working hard sprucing up our booklists for Black History Month! In case you weren’t already aware, the library is offering a Black History Month Reading Challenge this year, and all kinds of virtual events all month long, advertised in our special Black History Month Brochure. We have author talks, music shows, arts and crafts, storytelling and much more!

To help you find great books for kids to learn about or reflect on Black history, we’ve updated our lists to include new selections about:

Black History Biographies

Books about Race and Skin Color

Everyday Kids of Color Picture Books and Beginning Readers


Here’s a peek at some of the great new books listed in these booklists. Click on the pictures to be taken to a booklist with catalog links to all of these books, plus many, many more!


Preschool – Primary Grades







Elementary School








Middle School






High School

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian currently working at the Lamanda Park Branch Library while Central Library is closed for seismic repairs. I purchase juvenile fiction for grades 2-8, and some foreign languages. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including 3 regular book clubs (Windows and Mirrors, Read Around the World, and Lucha Libros), as well as writing workshops and STEAM/science programs. I also Infant/Toddler Storytimes and Preschool Storytimes, and outreach to local area preschools. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book on creative writing activities for kids.

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