Books for Black History Month

As Black History Month nears an end, we can continue to recognize the month's importance by listening, learning and celebrating diversity. One of the ways you and your family can explore Black perspectives and cultural experiences is by reading.

Books are a great teaching tool. They open our minds to new ideas, broaden our understanding of others’ views and enhance our imagination and ability to empathize. With all the benefits books can offer, we encourage you to browse our book collection, read and discuss.

Happy reading, now and throughout the year.

Black History & Cultural Books

Kindergarten–Grade 6

AudienceTitleAuthorAbout
K-Gr. 3Bein' with You This WayW. Nikola-LisaA poem about human differences and similarities.
K-Gr. 3I Am One: A Book of ActionSusan VerdeA powerful call to action that encourages readers to speak up, offer a helping hand and take steps to move toward a better, more beautiful world.
K-Gr. 3SulweLupita Nyong'oA touching story that teaches children about uniqueness and inner beauty.
K-Gr. 6Viola Desmond Won't Be BudgedJody Nyasha WarnerShares the important story of Viola Desmond, a Black Canadian who, in 1946, refused to move from her main floor theatre seat to the balcony.
Gr. 2-6Howdy, I'm John WareAyesha CloughTells the story of legendary cowboy John Ware, one of Alberta’s most respected pioneer ranchers.
Gr. 2-4The UndefeatedKwame AlexanderA poem that pays tribute to the resilience and achievements of Black individuals.
Gr. 3-5Sister Anne's HandsMarybeth LorbieckiA tale of a young girl's first encounter with racial differences and racism.
Gr. 3-6Not My Idea: A Book About WhitenessAnastasia HigginbothamA book that encourages families to discuss race, racism, police violence against people of colour and the dangers of white privilege.
Gr. 4-6The Children of AfricvilleChristine WelldonDetails children's views of Nova Scotia's Africville, a community that was torn down and had its families relocated.

Grades 7–9

AudienceTitleAuthorAbout
Gr. 7Not My Idea: A Book About WhitenessAnastasia HigginbothamA book that encourages families to discuss race, racism, police violence against people of colour and the dangers of white privilege.
Gr. 7-9Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes and Anecdotes from A to ZIrene Latham & Charles WatersIncludes poems, quotes and anecdotes that focus on one question: how can we make this world a better place?
Gr. 7-9Pourin' Down Rain: A Black Woman Claims Her Place in the Canadian WestCheryl FoggoA moving read that explores ancestry and growing up Black on the Canadian prairies.
Gr. 7-9The Children of AfricvilleChristine WelldonDetails children's views of Nova Scotia's Africville, a community that was torn down and had its families relocated.
Gr. 7-9Woke: A Young Poet's Call to JusticeMahogany L. Browne with Elizabeth Acevedo & Olivia GatwoodA collection of poems on equality, forgiveness, activism, stereotyping, allyship and more.
Gr. 8-9The Black Friend: On Being a Better White PersonFrederick JosephA great conversation starter for white individuals looking to support racial justice.

Grades 10–12

AudienceTitleAuthorAbout
Gr. 10-12Dear MartinNic StoneDetails the story of an honour student who looks to the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. for answers.
Gr. 10-12Pourin' Down Rain: A Black Woman Claims Her Place in the Canadian WestCheryl FoggoA moving read that explores ancestry and growing up Black on the Canadian prairies.
Gr. 10-12The Black Friend: On Being a Better White PersonFrederick JosephA great conversation starter for white individuals looking to support racial justice.
Gr. 10-12The Skin We're In: A Year of Black Resistance and PowerDesmond ColeA provoking and perspective-shifting chronicle of the struggle against racism in Canada.
Gr. 10-12This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action and Do The WorkTiffany JewellFeatures 20 chapters with activities that encourage young people to learn more about themselves, racial oppression and how to create communities that respect everyone.
Gr. 10-12Watch Us RiseRenée Watson & Ellen Hagan Features art, poetry and the personal journeys of two high school students who started a Women's Rights Club.
Gr. 10-12Woke: A Young Poet's Call to JusticeMahogany L. Browne with Elizabeth Acevedo & Olivia GatwoodA collection of poems on equality, forgiveness, activism, stereotyping, allyship and more.