Monthly Book Recommendations & Dr. G’s Top Black Children’s Books

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”– Toni Morrison

Books When You Just Need to Escape & Chill or When You Need Some Motivation (Updated Monthly)

February/Black History 2022

January 2022

December 2021

  • I Got the Christmas Spirit ~Connie Schofield-Morrison
  • The People Remember ~Ibi Zoboi
  • The Nutcracker in Harlem ~T.E. McMorrow
  • Butter Honey Pig Bread ~Frances Ekwuyasi
  • Moon Witch, Spider King ~Marlon James
  • Wahala ~Nikki May

November 2021

October 2021

  • The 1619 Project: Born on the Water ~Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson
  • Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America ~Keisha N. Blain
  • Harlem Shuffle ~Colson Whitehead
  • Abolition for the People: The Movement for a Future Without Policing & Prisons ~Edited by Colin Kaepernick
  • Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protest, and The Pursuit of Freedom ~Dereck Purnell

September 2021

August 2021

  • Maya and the Robot ~Eve L. Ewing
  • Island Queen: A Novel ~Vanessa Riley
  • The Son of Mr. Suleman ~Eric Jerome Dickey
  • Mexican Gothic ~Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Black Buck ~Mateo Askaripour

July 2021

  • Luster: A Novel ~Raven Leilani
  • Carefree Black Girls: A Celebration of Black Women in Pop Culture ~Zeba Blay
  • On Girlhood: 15 Stories from the Well-Read Black Girl Library ~Glory Edim
  • Leaving Breezy Street: A Memoir ~Brenda Myers-Powell w/ April Reynolds
  • The Poison Heart ~Kalynn Bayron

June 2021

  • A Chorus Rises ~Bethany C. Morrow
  • Ace of Spades: How Do You Stop An Unknown Enemy? ~Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
  • When Life Gives You Mangoes ~Kereen Getten
  • Bamboozled by Jesus: How God Tricked me into the Life of My Dreams ~Yvonne Orji
  • Punch Me Up To The Gods: A Memoir ~ Brian Broome

May 2021

  • Summer on the Bluffs ~Sunny Hostin
  • Sure, I’ll Be Your Black Friend: Notes from the Other Side of the Fist Bump ~Ben Philipe
  • Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir ~Ashley C. Ford
  • When Stars Rain Down ~Angela Jackson-Brown
  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf ~Marlon James

April 2021

  • Libertie: A Novel ~Kaitlyn Greenidge
  • The Man Who Lived Underground ~Richard Wright
  • Deacon King Kong: A Novel ~James McBride
  • The Gilded Ones ~Namina Forna
  • The Black Flamingo ~Dean Atta

March 2021

  • Black Girl, Call Home ~Jasmine Mans
  • The City We Became: A Novel ~N.K. Jemisin
  • Surviving the White Gaze ~Rebecca Carroll
  • When No One is Watching: A Thriller ~ Alyssa Cole
  • Shame Proof Parenting: Find Your Unique Parenting Voice, Feel Empowered, And Raise Whole Healthy Children ~Mercedes Samudio, LCSW

February 2021

  • Crosshairs ~Catherine Hernandez
  • Raybearer ~Jordan Ifueko
  • Purposeful Perspectives: Empowering Black Women Towards Spiritual Alignment, Self-Mastery & Joy ~Nichomi Higgins
  • Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip-Hop South ~Regina N. Bradley
  • With the Fire on High ~Elizabeth Acevedo

January 2021

  • How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? ~N.K. Jemisin
  • Power & Magic: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology ~Edited by Joamette Gil
  • Children of Blood and Bone ~Tomi Adeyemi
  • Children of Virtue and Vengeance ~Tomi Adeyemi
  • Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good ~adrienne maree brown

Dr. G’s Top Black Children’s Books

  • Lullaby ~Langston Hughes (Illustrated by Sean Qualls)
  • Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters ~John Steptoe
  • Maya and the Robot ~Eve L. Ewing (Illustrated by Christine Almeda)
  • Skin Like Mine ~Latashia M. Perry (Illustrated by Bea Jackson)
  • Sulwe ~Lupita Nyong’o (Illustrated by Vashti Harrison)
  • Don’t Touch My Hair ~Sharee Miller
  • Happy to Be Nappy ~bell hooks (Illustrated by Chris Raschka)
  • Hair Love ~Matthew A. Cherry (Illustrated by Vashti Harrison)
  • Dream Big, Little One; Think Big, Little One; Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History; Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History ~Vashti Harrison
  • Amazing Grace & Boundless Grace ~Mary Hoffman (Illustrated by Caroline Binch)
  • Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment ~Parker Curry & Jessica Curry (Illustrated by Brittany Jackson)

If there’s a book that you think should be added to one of my lists, make sure to drop a note in the comments!!