Black History Month - 2023 - Fiction

It's February and time to celebrate Black History Month.  From picture books to novels, fiction lets us explore the world from different points of view.  Reading books from authors of different cultures and backgrounds can help us learn and understand history (and hopefully ourselves as well).

This list contains books by contemporary black authors as well as books which feature black characters and community in history.  The list includes picture books, graphic novels, early chapter books and longer novels as well. 

Note: This list was updated January 2023

Born On The Water

by Nikole Hannah-Jones

Black is a rainbow color

by Angela Joy

Grandma's purse

by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Your name is a song

by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Rise of the jumbies

by Tracey Baptiste

The forgotten girl

by India Hill Brown

Last stop on Market Street

by Matt de la Pen~a

Lab magic

by Kelly Starling Lyons

EllRay Jakes the recess king!

by Sally Warner

When Winter Robeson came

by Brenda Woods

Last last-day-of-summer

by Lamar Giles

Forever this summer

by Leslie C. Youngblood

Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero

by Kelly J. Baptist.

From the desk of Zoe Washington

by Janae Marks

What lane?

by Torrey Maldonado

Take back the block

by Chrystal D. Giles

Shuri : the vanished

by Nic Stone

The magic in changing your stars

by Leah Henderson

One crazy summer

by Rita Williams-Garcia

The journey of little Charlie

by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Parker inheritance

by Varian Johnson.

Stella by starlight

by Sharon Draper

Tristan Strong punches a hole in the sky

by Kwame Mbalia

It all comes down to this

by Karen English

The stars beneath our feet

by David Barclay Moore

The only black girls in town

by Brandy Colbert

Skin of the sea

by Natasha Bowen

Long way down : the graphic novel

by Jason Reynolds

When stars are scattered

by Victoria Jamieson


by Amina Luqman-Dawson

Standing in the Need of Prayer

by Frank Morrison

Before the Ever After

by Jacqueline Woodson

Gone Crazy in Alabama

by Rita Williams-Garcia

Elijah of Buxton

by Christopher Paul Curtis

Mae Among the Stars

by Ahmed, Roda

Goin’ Someplace Special

by Pat McKissack

Hair Love

by Matthew A. Cherry

Stacey’s Extraordinary Words

by Stacey Abrams

The Watsons Go To Birmingham

by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Year We Learned to Fly

by Jacqueline Woodson

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic

by Lilly Workneh

The Day You Begin

by Jacqueline Woodson

Why?: A Conversation about Race

by Taye Diggs

All Are Welcome

by Alexandra Penfold

All Aboard the Schooltrain

by Glenda Armand

A Flag for Juneteenth

by Kim Taylor

Impossible Moon

by Breanna McDaniel