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Great Young Adult Black History Month Reads!

Since February is Black History Month, today’s list of books highlights only black authors and stories. Additionally, the last few items on the list feature romance in honor of Valentine’s Day. I hope that these books help you to embrace the month and further continue your interest in reading! Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds

This Month in History Lunch Counter Sit ins

This month in history, the Greensboro Lunch counter sit-ins began. The first sit-in was done in Baltimore, Maryland in 1955 but the one that got a lot of attention and really started the movement was done in Greensboro, North Carolina on Feb. 1, 1960.

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Celebrating Black Newbery Honorees and Winners

In 2022, we are celebrating 100 years of the Newbery Medal! The Medal is given to an author who wrote an excellent book for children the previous year. The award has been given 100 times, and the recipients of the award have changed over time. Today, in celebration of the Newbery centennial and Black History Month, we are highlighting ten Black authors who have won the Newbery or a Newbery Honor! 

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Celebrating Black Chefs

A Collection of Cookbooks

It's a shame that many Black chefs have not received the recognition they deserve. Try changing that with the help of these amazing cookbooks. Whether you crave Southern fare or vegan dishes, these cookbooks have you covered. Many of the authors on this list have written more than one cookbook. Please visit our catalog for more ideas.

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I am Every Good Thing StoryWalk®

I am  a nonstop ball of energy.  Powerful and full of light.  I am a go-getter. A difference maker. A leader.

book cover of My People by Langston Hughes

My People StoryWalk®

The night is beautiful, so the faces of my people. These beautiful words are echoed in Hughes's eloquent tribute to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Charles R. Smith Jr. interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today.  Enjoy the My People by Langston Hughes StoryWalk® starting February 16th - 28th. 

 Never make the same mistake twice : lessons on love and life learned the hard way / Nene Leakes with Denene Millner

DC TO 'THE A'

Read the Writing of Your Favorite Atlanta Housewife

In late 2008, one of the most influential reality shows in TV history aired:

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Octavia's Kin

The Lineage of Science Fiction/Fantasy Writers from the African Diaspora

The historical lack of gender and racial diversity among authors promoted by the Science Fiction/Fantasy book industry has not destroyed the creative imaginations of writers of African descent who embrace the genre. Black Science Fiction/Fantasy writers do indeed exist and have a kaleidoscope of stories to add to the field.

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