Charlotte Today: Books to Read in Honor of African American History Month

Charlotte Today: Books to Read in Honor of African American History Month

Looking for book ideas to read during African American History Month? 

Dana Eure, the Library's Associate Director of Lifelong Learning, made a guest appearance on WCNC's  "Charlotte Today" on Thursday, February 8, 2018, and shared books to read during African American History Month that honor the past and inspire the future.  See Dana's appearance HERE.

Find these titles in our Bibliocommons list here and check out the books today. 

Adult Fiction

The Inheritance by Rochelle AlersCorporate attorney Hannah DuPont-Lowell always pictured herself returning to New Orleans to retire-just not yet. But after her Manhattan company abruptly lays off its staff, there's no better place to figure out a next move than the porch of her plantation-style home.

Adult Nonfiction

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates - In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis.

Picture Book

Firebird by Misty Copeland and illustrated by Christopher Myers - American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that someday, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too.

Youth Fiction

Black Panther: The Young Prince by Ronald L. Smith - Twelve-year old T’Challa is the prince of the warrior nation Wakanda.  Someday T’Challa will rule as king and protect his homeland as the Black Panther.  With war coming to Wakanda, T’Challa and his best friend, M’Baku, are sent to Chicago for safety.  T’Challa is faced with making new friends and dealing with bullies.  Energetic, fast-paced, adventurous, this will keep readers riveted and get them ready for the feature film releasing February 16.

Teen Fiction

Courage to Soar by Simone Biles - Simone takes you through the events, challenges, and trials that carried her from an early childhood in foster care to a coveted spot on the 2016 Olympic team.

Graphic Novel - 

March series, Books 1-3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell - March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.