Books can help you celebrate Black history all year long

Black History Month may be drawing to a close, but you can read great books by Black authors all year long. Continue reading for some highlights from our library collection.
By Kate Pritchard, Interim Library Director

High School's Black Student Union put together a fantastic display and bulletin board they called the Black Book Club. They chose four authors for this display: James Baldwin, Yaa Gyasi, Kiese Laymon, and Alice Walker. These books include memoirs, historical and contemporary fiction, personal essays, and poetry.
Another poet we are particularly excited about is Ed Roberson, who visited USN on February 13 & 14 as our 2023 Author in Residence. We have several of his poetry collections and they are well worth your time.
Picture book biographies are an excellent way to learn more about Black history, even if you think you’ve outgrown them. Between their vibrant illustrations, stories that are easy to follow, and often additional material at the back of the book, picture books are an ideal introduction to a new topic. We’ve chosen the best recent picture book biographies about notable Black Americans in this list, from NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson to architect Philip Freelon, from painter Alma Thomas to medical pioneer Vivien Thomas to local civil rights hero Diane Nash, and many more.
Find any of the books and authors recommended above in Hassenfeld Library. This is only a small sampling of the books in our collection. Step into our library, and you’ll find countless others by Black authors in genres ranging from mysteries to romance to fantasy to graphic novels to nonfiction, and so much more. We hope you’ll visit us soon, and as a reminder, you can always view our entire catalog here

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