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The Juneteenth Story

Alliah L. Agostini Author
Sawyer Cloud Illustrator
(2022)

English

With colorful illustrations and a timeline, this introductory history of Juneteenth for kids details the evolution of the holiday commemorating the date the enslaved people of Texas first learned o... Read more

Four Hundred Souls

Ibram X. Kendi Editor
Keisha N. Blain Editor
(2021)

English

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A chorus of extraordinary voices tells the epic story of the four-hundred-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present—edited by Ibram X... Read more

On Juneteenth

Annette Gordon-Reed Author
(2021)

English

NEW YORK TIMES • 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2021 New York Times • Times Critics Top Books of 2021 New York Times Bestseller Best Books of the Year • Washington Post, TIME, NPR, Oprah Daily,... Read more

Black Ghost of Empire

Kris Manjapra Author
(2022)

English

If the 1619 Project illuminated the ways in which life in the United States has been shaped by the existence of slavery, this "historical, literary masterpiece" (Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy) focu... Read more

Stony the Road

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Author
(2019)

English

“Stony the Road presents a bracing alternative to Trump-era white nationalism. . . . In our current politics we recognize African-American history—the spot under our country’... Read more

Juneteenth

Vintage International (Series)

Ralph Ellison Author
Charles Johnson Other
(2011)

English

From the author of bestselling Invisible Man—the classic novel of African-American experience—this long-awaited second novel tells an evocative tale of a prodigal of the ... Read more

She Came to Slay

Erica Armstrong Dunbar Author
(2019)

English

In the bestselling tradition of The Notorious RBG comes a lively, informative, and illustrated tribute to one of the most exceptional women in American history—Harriet Tubman—a heroine ... Read more

The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead Author
(2016)

English

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this #1 New York Times bestseller chronicles a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum Sou... Read more

All Different Now

Angela Johnson Author
E.B. Lewis Illustrator
(2014)

English

Experience the joy of Juneteenth in this celebration of freedom from the award-winning team of Angela Johnson and E.B. Lewis. Through the eyes of one little girl, All Different Now tells the story ... Read more

The 1619 Project

Nikole Hannah-Jones Other
The New York Times Magazine Other
(2021)

English

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER • A dramatic expansion of a groundbreaking work of journalism, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story offers a profoundly revealing v... Read more

Black on Both Sides

C. Riley Snorton Author
(2017)

English

Winner of the John Boswell Prize from the American Historical Association 2018 Winner of the William Sanders Scarborough Prize from the Modern Language Association 2018 Winner of an American Librar... Read more

Your Legacy

Schele Williams Author
Tonya Engel Illustrator
(2021)

English

A proud, empowering introduction to African American history that celebrates and honors enslaved ancestorsYour story begins in Africa. Your African ancestors defied the odds and survived 400 years ... Read more

Juneteenth for Mazie

Floyd Cooper Author
Floyd Cooper Illustrator
(2015)

English

Mazie is ready to celebrate liberty. She is ready to celebrate freedom. She is ready to celebrate a great day in American history. The day her ancestors were no longer slaves. Mazie remembers the s... Read more

Caste (Oprah's Book Club)

Isabel Wilkerson Author
(2020)

English

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • “An instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.”&... Read more

What Is Juneteenth?

What Was? (Series)

Kirsti Jewel Author
Who HQ Author
(2022)

English

Discover more about Juneteenth, the important holiday that celebrates the end of chattel slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, a group of enslaved men, women, and children in Texas gather... Read more

Watermelon and Red Birds

Nicole A. Taylor Author
(2022)

English

The very first cookbook to celebrate Juneteenth, from food writer and cookbook author Nicole A. Taylor—who draws on her decade of experiences observing the holiday.On June 19, 1865, more than... Read more

The Fire Next Time

Vintage International (Series)

James Baldwin Author
(2013)

English

A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation, gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement—and still lights the way ... Read more

Conjure Women

Afia Atakora Author
(2020)

English

A mother and daughter with a shared talent for healing—and for the conjuring of curses—are at the heart of this dazzling first novel  WINNER OF THE SOCIETY OF AMERICAN HISTORIANS P... Read more

Shoutin' in the Fire

Danté Stewart Author
(2021)

English

A stirring meditation of being Black and learning to love in a loveless, anti-Black world“Only once in a lifetime do we come across a writer like Danté Stewart, so young and yet so mas... Read more

How the Word Is Passed

Clint Smith Author
(2021)

English

Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for NonfictionWinner of the Stowe Prize Winner of 2022 Hillman Prize for Book JournalismPEN America 2022 J... Read more

They Were Her Property

Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers Author
(2019)

English

A bold and searing investigation into the role of white women in the American slave economyBridging women's history, the history of the South, and African American history, this book makes a bold a... Read more

We Were Eight Years in Power

Ta-Nehisi Coates Author
(2017)

English

In this “urgently relevant”* collection featuring the landmark essay “The Case for Reparations,” the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World ... Read more

The New Jim Crow

Michelle Alexander Author
Cornel West Author of introduction, etc.
(2012)

English

The New Jim Crow was initially published with a modest first printing and reasonable expectations for a hard-hitting book on a tough topic. Now, ten-plus printings later, the long-awaited paperback... Read more

The Purpose of Power

Alicia Garza Author
(2020)

English

An essential guide to building transformative movements to address the challenges of our time, from one of the country’s leading organizers and a co-creator of&#... Read more

A Little Devil in America

Hanif Abdurraqib Author
(2021)

English

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • A sweeping, genre-bending “masterpiece” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) exploring Black art, music, and culture in all their glory and complexity—fr... Read more

Beloved

Vintage International (Series)

Toni Morrison Author
(2007)

English

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An unflinchingly look into the abyss of slavery, from the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner. This spellbinding novel transforms hi... Read more

Juneteenth

On My Own Holidays (Series)

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Author
Drew Nelson Author

English

June 19th, 1865, began as another hot day in Texas. African American slaves worked in fields, in barns, and in the homes of the white people who owned them. Then a message arrived. Freedom! Slavery... Read more

Forever Free

Eric Foner Author
(2013)

English

From one of our most distinguished historians, a new examination of the vitally important years of Emancipation and Reconstruction during and immediately following the Civil War–a necessary r... Read more

Freedom National

James Oakes Author
Sean Pratt Narrator
(2012)

English

The consensus view of the Civil War—that it was first and foremost a war to restore the Union, and an antislavery war only later when it became necessary for Union victory—dies here. Ja... Read more

Jubilee

Margaret Walker Author
Nikki Giovanni Author of introduction, etc.
(2016)

English

The bestselling classic about a mixed-race child in the Civil War-era South that "chronicles the triumph of a free spirit over many kinds of bondage" (TheNew York Times Book Review). Jubilee tells ... Read more

Stamped

Jason Reynolds Author
Ibram X. Kendi Author
(2020)

English

The #1 New York Times bestselling, "must-read" (San Francisco Chronicle), "amazingly timely and stunningly accessible" (Jacqueline Woodson) exploration of race and racism from a... Read more

Juneteenth Jamboree

Carole Boston Weatherford Author
Yvonne Buchanan Illustrator
(1995)

English

A young girl, who has just moved to her parents' hometown, realizes that she has come home after the African American emancipation celebration of Juneteenth.It's a fine day in June. Cassandra's fam... Read more

Remembering Slavery

Ira Berlin Editor
Marc Favreau Editor
(2011)

English

"A Best Book of the Year" —Library Journal and BooklistUsing excerpts from the thousands of interviews conducted with ex-slaves in the 1930s by researchers working with the Federal Writer's P... Read more

Sweet Taste of Liberty

W. Caleb McDaniel Author
(2019)

English

The unforgettable saga of one enslaved woman's fight for justice—and reparations Born into slavery, Henrietta Wood was taken to Cincinnati and legally freed in 1848. In 1853, a Kentucky deput... Read more

Overground Railroad

Candacy A. Taylor Author
(2020)

English

This historical exploration of the Green Book offers "a fascinating [and] sweeping story of black travel within Jim Crow America across four decades" (The New York Times Book Review).Published from... Read more

Ain't I a Woman

bell hooks Author
(2014)

English

A classic work of feminist scholarship, Ain't I a Woman has become a must-read for all those interested in the nature of black womanhood. Examining the impact of sexism on black women during slaver... Read more

Barracoon

Zora Neale Hurston Author
Alice Walker Author of introduction, etc.
(2018)

English

New York Times Bestseller TIME Magazine's Best Nonfiction Book of 2018 New York Public Library's Best Book of 2018 NPR's Book Concierge Best Book of 2018 Economist Book of the Year SELF.com's ... Read more

Medical Apartheid

Harriet A. Washington Author
(2008)

English

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • The first full history of Black America’s shocking mistreatment as unwilling and unwitting experimental subjects at the hands of the medi... Read more

The Souls of Black Folk

W. E. B. Du Bois Author
Ibram X. Kendi Author of introduction, etc.
(1996)

English

The landmark book about being black in America, now in an expanded edition commemorating the 150th anniversary of W. E. B. Du Bois’s birth and featuring a new introduction by Ibram X. Kendi, ... Read more

Opal Lee and What It Means to...

Alice Faye Duncan Author
Keturah A. Bobo Illustrator
(2022)

English

Booklist starred reviewBlack activist Opal Lee had a vision of Juneteenth as a holiday for everyone. This true story celebrates Black joy and inspires children to see their dreams blossom. Growing ... Read more

Homegoing

Yaa Gyasi Author
(2016)

English

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of co... Read more

The Half Has Never Been Told

Edward E Baptist Author
(2016)

English

Winner of the 2015 Avery O. Craven Prize from the Organization of American HistoriansWinner of the 2015 Sidney Hillman PrizeA groundbreaking history demonstrating that America's economic suprem... Read more

Crossing Ebenezer Creek

Tonya Bolden Author
(2017)

English

Award-winning author Tonya Bolden sheds light on an unknown moment of the Civil War to readers in a searing, poetic novel about the dream of freedom.When Mariah and her young brother Zeke are sudde... Read more

We Are Not Yet Equal

Carol Anderson Author
Tonya Bolden Author
(2018)

English

This young adult adaptation of the New York Times bestselling White Rage is essential antiracist reading for teens.An NAACP Image Award finalistA Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the YearA NYPL Best Boo... Read more

Dark Sky Rising

Henry Louis Gates Jr. Author
Tonya Bolden Author
(2019)

English

This is a story about America during and after Reconstruction, one of history's most pivotal and misunderstood chapters. In a stirring account of emancipation, the struggle for citizenship and nati... Read more