The Females of February

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The Females of February

Black History Month: Good Reads for Teens

February is here and before it flies by, take some time to intentionally open up a book by a black female author. Let this month be your reason to celebrate the countless narratives of African American women. Here are a variety of beautiful stories all written by black women.
 
The hate u give By: Angie Thomas
Angie Thomas tells a story about a 16-year-old named Starr Carter who struggles with the double identity that comes with being black and how this daily conflict is her reality. When she is a witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend Khalil by a police officer, her life is turned upside down as she has to decide if she will use her voice and speak the truth to a world that has done its best to silence her. 

Brown Girl Dreaming By: Jacqueline Woodson 
Jacqueline Woodson tells her own childhood narrative through poetry as she speaks on her experience as a black girl searching for her identity in America during the '60s and '70s.

Becoming By: Michelle Obama 
Michelle Obama released a well anticipated memoir beginning with her childhood on the South Side of Chicago and continues with life defining moments that lay bare her humanity in an inspiring way. 

Monday's not coming By: Tiffany D. Jackson
When her friend Monday Charles goes missing and Monday's mother refuses to give her a straight answer, Claudia digs into her disappearance. 

Black Enough: Stories of being Young and Black in America By Several Contributors 

Several authors came together to give an account, through a collection of narratives, about what it's like to be young and black in America today. 

Wade in the water By Tracy K. Smith
Tracy K. Smith is the current Poet Laureate and receiver of the Pulitzer Prize. This is a collection of beautiful poems on her take on life, death and everything in between.