The Year of Reading Challenge is celebrating Black History Month!

In February get a chance to win a gift card by reading a book by an African-American author or about African-American history. This is a list of recommendations if you need help selecting a title, but books do not need to come from this list. The recommendations were put together by NCPL staff and using the NoveList database, which you can use here.

To find out more about The Year of Reading Challenge, check out my blog about it here. Ready to dive in? Sign up in Beanstack here. It’s never too late to register!


Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Stony the Road by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

A Black Women’s History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris

The Dream Keeper and Other Poems by Langston Hughes

Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston

On the Seventh Day by T. D. Jakes

Rebel by Beverly Jenkins

Deacon King Kong by James McBride

It’s Not All Downhill from Here by Terry McMillan

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

Jubilee by Toni Tipton-Martin

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

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