Recognizing Black History Month

Across the nation, we celebrate achievements of African Americans and recognize the central role of blacks in U.S. history during the month of February. On this page, find suggested fiction, nonfiction and digital titles for adults, teens, and kids, all hand-selected by our librarians. And learn more about the origins of Black History Month itself from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

In Oak Park, join us at 7 pm Monday, February 24 for a special partner event with the Black Metropolis Research Consortium: UNTITLED AND YET TO BE DETERMINED, 41.8949° N, 87.7654° W (AUSTIN): A Photographic Exploration of Race, Class & Space in Austin.

Books & movies for adults

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The ZORA Canon: 25 of the 100 best books by African American women

Browse the full list of 100 titles in The ZORA Canon »

Digital titles

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Titles for teens

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Books for kids

Browse kids’ fiction, nonfiction, and picture books selected by our librarians:

Historical picture books

Fiction & graphic novels



Online resources

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