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NCTE Children’s Book Award–Winning Titles for the African American Read-In

Each year during the month of February, hundreds of schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens come together to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting African American Read-Ins.

Whether your Read-In is a group of friends getting together for a book club or a public reading in your local town hall, one of the most difficult parts of planning is deciding what books to share during the event. This list of Orbis Pictus and Charlotte Huck Award–winning titles with African American authors or illustrators can be a great jumping off point.

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Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery

Sandra Neil Wallace, illustrated by Bryan Collier (Simon & Schuster)
2019 Orbis Pictus Award Winner

Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental Man

Tonya Bolden (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
2019 Orbis Pictus Award Recommended Book

Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams

Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books)
2019 Orbis Pictus Award Recommended Book

Ghost Boys book cover

Ghost Boys

Jewell Parker Rhodes (Little, Brown and Company)
2019 Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book

The Day You Begin

Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López (Nancy Paulsen Books)
2019 Charlotte Huck Award Recommended Book

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

Derrick D Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James (Agate Bolden Publishing)
2018 Charlotte Huck Award Recommended Book

Ghost

Jason Reynolds (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
2017 Charlotte Huck Award Winner

How to Build a Museum: Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

Tonya Bolden (Viking Books for Young Readers)
2017 Orbis Pictus Award Recommended Book

My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey to Alvin Ailey

Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
2016 Orbis Pictus Award Recommended Book

Stella by Starlight

Sharon M. Draper (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
2016 Charlotte Huck Award Winner

The Crossover

Kwame Alexander (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
2015 Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book

The Madman of Piney Woods

Christopher Paul Curtis (Scholastic)
2015 Charlotte Huck Award Recommended Book

Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty

Tonya Bolden (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
2014 Orbis Pictus Recommended Book

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

Kadir Nelson (Balzer + Bray Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers)
2012 Orbis Pictus Award Recommended Book

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

Kadir Nelson (Hyperion Books for Children)
2009 Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book

George Washington Carver

Tonya Bolden (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
2009 Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book

M.L.K.: Journey of a King

Tonya Bolden (Abrams Books for children)
2008 Orbis Pictus Award Winner

Through My Eyes

Ruby Bridges, edited by Margo Lundell (Scholastic Press)
2000 Orbis Pictus Award Winner

Bound for America: The Forced Migration of Africans to the New World

James Haskins and Kathleen Benson, illustrated by Floyd Cooper (Lothrop Lee & Shepard)
2000 Orbis Pictus Award Recommended Book

Duke Ellington

Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney (Hyperion)
1999 Orbis Pictus Award Recommended Book

Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters

Patricia C. McKissack and Frederick L. McKissack (Scholastic)
1995 Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book

Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom

Virginia Hamilton, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (Knopf)
1994 Orbis Pictus Award Recommended Book

Seven Candles for Kwanzaa

Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney (Dial Books)
1994 Orbis Pictus Award Recommended Book

Now Is Your Time! The African American Struggle for Freedom

Walter Dean Myers (HarperCollins)
1992 Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book

 

Thinking about hosting your own African American Read-In? Check out our toolkit here and don’t forget to add your event to the events calendar.