Celebrating Black History Month

February is Black History Month.  Here are a few fantastic books you can check out at MPL to appreciate African-American authors and stories throughout the year.

Mama Africa! : how Miriam Makeba spread hope with her song by Kathryn Erskine; illustrations by Charly Palmer

The big bed  by Bunmi Laditan; pictures by Tom Knight

Dragons in a bag [sound recording] by Zetta Elliott

Young, gifted and black : meet 52 black heroes from past and present words by Jamia Wilson; illustrated by Andrea Pippins

Thank you, Omu! by Oge Mora

The Stars Beneath our Feet by David Barclay Moore

Shaking things up : 14 young women who changed the world by Susan Hood

Radiant child : the story of young artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe

My hair is a garden written and illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera

Mommy’s khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow; illustrated by Ebony Glenn

Memphis, Martin, and the mountaintop : the sanitation strike of 1968 by Alice Faye Duncan; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Little leaders : bold women in black history by Vashti Harrison

Black Girl Magic by Mahogany L. Browne; art by Jess X. Snow

If you want to learn more, the Brown Bookshelf is a nice resource for selecting works featuring Black voices.  During February, the contributors will highlight a different children’s author every day.

The Coretta Scott King Award is given each year to authors and illustrators whose books celebrate African-American culture and human values.  Check out the CSK award blog to find children’s books by African-American authors and illustrators.

We Need Diverse Books is a great website for learning more about the importance of diversity in children’s literature and finding new authors.

Miss Tess


#5 of 2017


Miss Christina



The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner

Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong? Alice Mayfair knows exactly how that feels. She has been shipped off to seven different schools in seven years, never finding a friend.

She’s not the only one who doesn’t fit in. There is also Millie, she so badly wants to be a part of the No-Fur world to pursue her dreams but she can’t because she is a Bigfoot. Each strive to fit into the world they belong until they meet. There’s also Jeremy who also doesn’t fit in. He is determined to prove that Bigfoot really exists which threatens Millie’s world. This is an enchanting story that addresses a need to belong, and understanding others. It also leaves you wondering what the next  book will bring.


Miss Sarah



Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima

Adorable story about being yourself.


Miss Teresa



We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio

Palacio’s previous novel Wonder (now a major motion picture) inspired the “Choose Kind” anti-bullying movement.  Now, in her picture book debut, the author presents Auggie’s story to the younger crowd and inspires all of us to see that each of us is a wonder.


Miss Marta



The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

Lolly and his mom don’t have much to celebrate this Christmas.  His brother was killed in a gang-related shooting and things are pretty bleak.  Until… Lolly is gifted two bags of Lego.  Lolly loves Lego, but he always uses the building instructions, so he faces a challenge of free building and using his imagination.  Now, using his own ideas to construct a Lego creation at the local community center is his safe zone as he fights against pressure to join a crew and find happiness after his loss.


Miss Janna



The Littlest Learners by Dawn Roginski

With two preschoolers at home, this book was a treat!  Showing how you can easily teach and incorporate core concepts in your toddler’s daily routine, this book offers the science on how children learn throughout their early childhood.


If you missed our last post featuring our #6 favorites of 2017, check it out!