A Black History Reading List

A Black History Reading List

Source: Florida Department of Education

This reading list was compiled by the Florida Department of Education. Although intended for students and teachers, it also includes some suggestions for parents and other adults who want to learn more about the subject.

Grades K–3 · Grades 4–5 · Grades 6–8 · Grades 9–12 · Adult Literature · Educators

Picture Books (Grades K–3)

  • Amazing Grace, Mary Hoffman
  • Prince, The Future King: A Father's Example,  Kandi Harris
  • Coming On Home Soon,  Jacqueline Woodson and E.B. Lewis
  • Dinner at Aunt Connie's House,  Faith Ringgold
  • Everett Anderson's Friend,  Lucille Clifton
  • Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale, John Steptoe
  • A Picture Book of Rosa Parks, David A. Adler and Robert Castilla
  • Amadeus-The Leghorn Rooster, Jonathan Green
  • Langston's Train Ride,  Robert Burleigh
  • Cracking the Wall: The Struggles of the Little Rock Nine  Eileen Lucas
  • By My Brother's Side  Tiki Barber, Ronde Barber, Robert Burleigh and Barry Root
  • Beautiful Blackbird, Ashley Bryan

Chapter Books (Grades 4–5)

  • My Name Is America: The Journal of Biddy Owen, Walter Dean Myers
  • Black Diamond, Patricia and Fredrick Mckissack
  • Just Like Martin, Ossie Davis
  • Ellington Was Not a Street, Notzake Shange
  • Teammates, Peter Golenbrock
  • Bud, Not Buddy,  Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Through My Eyes, Ruby Bridges and Margo Lundell
  • Vision of Beauty: The Story of Sarah Breedlove Walker,  Kathryn Lasky and Nneka Bennett
  • Carter G. Woodson: The Man Who Put "Black" in American History,  James Haskins and Melanie Reim
  • The Black Cowboys,  Gina De Angelis
  • The Friendship,   Mildred Taylor

Chapter Books (Grades 6–8)

  • The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963,  Christopher Paul Curtis
  • The People Could Fly,  Virginia Hamilton
  • Remember: The Journey to School Integration, Toni Morrison
  • The Voice That Challenged a Nation : Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights, Russell Freedman
  • Roll of Thunder; Hear My Cry, Mildred  Taylor
  • Maizon at Blue Hill,  Jacqueline Woodson
  • Jazmin's Notebook,  Nikki Grimes
  • Money Hungry,  Sharon G. Flake
  • Mahalia: A Life in Gospel Music,  Roxane Orgill
  • Extraordinary People of the Harlem Renaissance, Stephen P. Hardy and Sheila Jackson Hardy

Chapter Books (Grades 9–12)

  • A Raisin in the Sun,  Lorraine Hansberry
  • Extraordinary People of the Harlem Renaissance,  Stephen P. Hardy
  • The Collected Works of Langston Hughes: The Poems, Langston Hughes
  • Bronx Masquerade,  Nikki Grimes
  • The Contender,  Robert Lipsyte
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  • Hoops, Walter Dean Myers
  • The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin
  • Invisible Man,  Ralph Ellison
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

Adult Literature

  • Cry, The Beloved Country,  Alan Paton
  • Finding Fish: A Memoir,  Antwone Q. Fisher
  • Meridian, Alice Walker
  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl,  Harriet Jacobs
  • Colored People: A Memoir, Henry Louis Gates Jr.
  • The Bluest Eye,  Toni Morrison
  • A Gathering of Old Men,  Ernest Gaines

Educators: K-12 Black History Books with Reading Resources

  • Why They Marched: The Struggle for the Right to Vote,  Dr. Donna Elam
  • From Civil War to Civil Rights: America's Struggle, Jason Powe
  • Timeline for Freedom: Victories of the Civil Rights Movement, Jason Powe

To suggest a book to add to the list, please email the Florida Department of Education at JustRead@fldoe.org.

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