Prepublication Reviews and Expertly Selected Title Lists

February is Black History Month

With the New Year right around the corner, prepare your collection for upcoming special occasions. In honor of February being Black History Month, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite titles concentrating on black culture, history, and society. Gain an in-depth view of a different ethnicity or embrace your own by enjoying the valuable lessons and historical keynotes in this list. View samples below or the entire list.

Africa is My Home: A Child of the Amistad by Monica Edingerafrica is my home

Edinger takes the horrific historic event of traveling on the Amistad and retells the story in the eyes of a child. Magulu is nine years old when her father sells her as a pawn for rice during a crippling drought in Sierra Leone. In an unfortunate turn of events, she is captured by slave traders before she can repay her debt. She recounts the tumultuous voyage to Cuba on a cramped and airless vessel, and upon her arrival, she is transferred to the Amistad. The story then unfolds as it does in our history books with a trial resulting in the black’s favor. Learn more and order here.

Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football that Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights by Samuel G. Freedmanbreaking the line

In a riveting tale of competition and civil rights progress, Freedman follows Louisiana’s Grambling College and Florida A&M’s head coaches, Eddie Robinson and Jake Gaither, and their quarterbacks, James Harris and Ken Riley. These four leaders take their teams to unprecedented heights by persuading colleges in the South to integrate their teams. Furthermore, their roles help determine and change who could play quarterback in the NFL, who could be a head coach, and who could run a franchise as a general manager. Learn more and order here.

Brotherhood by Anne Westrickbrotherhood

Fourteen year old Shadrach begins taking reading lessons from a freed slave after the Civil War. Meanwhile, he also falls into a group that’s main purpose is to help grieving Confederate widows and families. Today, this group is known as the Ku Klux Klan. When the KKK starts raising questions that could change everything, Shadrach must make a decision that will define his life. Learn more and order here.

The Good Lord Bird by James McBridethe good lord bird

Henry Shackleford (known as Little Onion by John Brown) has been passing himself off as a woman for nearly two decades to help John Brown’s anti-slavery cause. As a John Brown supporter, Little Onion is a part of the 1859 Harper’s Ferry Raid. As a crucial event that sparked the Civil War, Little Onion becomes a part of a group that changed history. Learn more and order here.


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