Black History Month Reading List

Black History Month Reading List

February is Black History Month!

The Paris-Bourbon County Library celebrates diversity and inclusion every day of the year. During certain months or weeks, we join forces with the rest of the world to highlight important topics, peoples, and events. February is Black History Month and each year we look forward to putting together a series of programs for our community. Due to the pandemic, we are unfortunately not able to have in-person programs this year. That doesn’t mean that all of us can’t celebrate and learn about Black history. It just means we have to do it differently. Consider checking out one of the following authors from our materials collection (we also have many digital options).

Note: The list below is not everything that the Paris-Bourbon County Library has in its collection; however, this list can serve as a starting point for your own empowering journey. And remember, if we don’t have what you are looking for, we do take requests and can often quickly get items through Inter-library Loan.

Adult Authors:

Esme Addison:

Maya Angelou:

James Baldwin:

Paul Beatty:

Brit Bennett:

Octavia Butler:

Ta-Neshi Coates:

Alyssa Cole:

Brittney Cooper:

Eric Jerome Dickey:

W.E.B. DuBois:

Danielle Evans:

Roxane Gay:

Yaa Gyasi:

Tiffany Haddish:

Rachel Howzell Hall:

Alex Haley:

Nalo Hopkinson:

Zora Neale Hurston:

Samantha Irby:

Marlon James:

N.K. Jemisin:

Beverly Jenkins:

Tayari Jones:

Ibram X. Kendi:

Victor D. Lavalle:

Asha Lemmie:

Attica Locke:

James McBride:

Toni Morrison:

Walter Mosley:

Margot Lee Shetterly:

Alice Walker:

Jesmyn Ward:

Colson Whitehead:

Isabel Wilkerson:

Young Adult Authors

Elizabeth Acevedo:

Tomi Adeyemi:

Dean Atta:

Dhonielle Clayton:

Tracy Deonn:

Sharon Draper:

Akwaeke Emezi:

Lamar Giles:

Jordan Ifueko:

Justina Ireland:

Tiffany D. Jackson:

Angela Johnson:

George M. Johnson:

Leah Johnson:

John Lewis:

L.L. McKinney:

Bethany C. Morrow:

Walter Dean Myers:

Ben Philippe:

Jason Reynolds:

Justin A. Reynolds:

Nic Stone:

Mildred D. Taylor:

Angie Thomas:

Renee Watson:

Ashley Woodfolk:

Nicola Yoon:

Ibi Zoboi:

Children’s Authors

Kwame Alexander:

Derrick Barnes:

Tonya Bolden:

JaNay Brown-Wood:

Grace Byers:

Matthew A. Cherry:

Jerry Craft:

Christopher Paul Curtis:

Zetta Elliott:

Sharon Fields:

Nikki Grimes:

Langston Hughes:

Varian Johnson:

Ellen Levine:

Kwame Mbalia:

Patricia McKissack:

Sharee Miller:

Kadir Nelson:

Nnedi Okorafor:

Jewell Parker Rhodes:

Ilyasah Shabazz:

Ntozake Shange:

James Otis Smith:

Javaka Steptoe:

Natasha Tarpley:

Carole Boston Weatherford:

Jacqueline Woodson: