Wondering which books to introduce to your class to help your students learn more about the contributions and achievements of black Americans this Black History Month? Well, Teach For America alum Kelsey Uribe (Twin Cities ‘12) is here to help with an extensive list of books tailored for this special time of year!

Her list of titles below—featuring both word count and Lexile level—range from narrative free verse poetry to graphic novels so it’s easy for teachers to choose just the right books. Check out Kelsey’s list of 45 books to honor Black History Month in the classroom!

  1. Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives, and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan (720L; 3,504 words)
  1. My Name is James Madison Hemings by Jonah Winter (not an Accelerated Reader book)
  1. In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives by Kenneth C. Davis (1130L; 44,571 words)
  1. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (781L, 52,179 words)
  1. Zane and the Hurricane: The Story of Katrina by Rodman Philbrick (820L, 39,810 words)
  1. The Zero Degree Zombie Zone by Patrik Henry Bass (701L, 20,464 words)
  1. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (750L; 16,888 words)
  1. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia (750L, 45,483 words)
  1. S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams Garcia (725L, 53,593 words)
  1. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds (770L, 68,016 words)
  1. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (990L, 30,318 words)
  1. The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis (1000L, 50,225 words)
  1. Chains (Seeds of America #1) by Laurie Halse Anderson (780L, 75,475 words)
  1. Forge (Seeds of America #2) by Laurie Halse Anderson (850L; 64,682 words)
  1. Ashes (Seeds of America #3) by Laurie Halse Anderson (870L; 71,488 words)
  1. Two Friends: Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglass by Dean Robbins (430L, 401 words)
  1. Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles (460L, 990 words)
  1. All The Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka (540L, 154 words)
  1. Etched in Clay: The Life of Dave, Enslaved Potter and Poet by Andrea Cheng (781L, 9,325 words)
  1. Ellray Jakes Stands Tall by Sally Warner (650L, 21,901 words)
  1. Ellray Jakes the Recess King! by Sally Warner (690L, 26,274 words)
  1. Ellray Jakes Rocks the Holidays! by Sally Warner (690L, 21,675 words)
  1. Ellray Jakes Is Magic! by Sally Warner (720L, 23,739 words)
  1. EllRay Jakes and the Beanstalk by Sally Warner (745L, 20,365 words)
  1. EllRay Jakes the Dragon Slayer! by Sally Warner (701L, 21,308 words)
  1. EllRay Jakes Walks the Plan! by Sally Warner (745L, 16,245 words)
  1. EllRay Jakes Is a Rock Star by Sally Warner (701L, 15,273 words)
  1. EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken by Sally Warner (745L, 14,708 words)
  1. The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods (675L, 39,914 words)
  1. Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells (770L, 40,625 words)
  1. Doom at Grant’s Tomb by Marcia Wells (720L, 31,191 words)
  1. Mystery in Mayan Mexico by Marcia Wells (731L, 37,051 words)
  1. The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (965L, 43,004 words)
  1. Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda Woods (635L, 26,406 words)
  1. Hold Fast by Blue Balliett (811L; 60,663 words)
  1. How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon (619L, 59,958 words)
  1. March: Book One by John Lewis (GN720L, 7,966 words)
  1. March: Book Two by John Lewis (GN860L, 13,002 words)
  1. March: Book Three by John Lewis (GN900L, 21,073 words)
  1. Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow by James Sturm (665L, 6,041 words)
  1. Yummy by Neri (520L, 5,086 words)
  1. Dog Days by Karen English (701L, 23,007 words)
  1. The Road to Paris by Nikki Grimes (680L, 25,478 words)
  1. Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent: How Daring Slaves and Free Blacks Spied for the Union During the Civil War by Thomas B. Allen (1121L, 20,624 words)
  1. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (950L; 50,380 words)

And as a helpful aid for teachers, Kelsey has graciously shared a poster she uses to help introduce new books into her own classroom’s library!

What books do you plan to introduce into your classroom library in honor of Black History Month? Share your picks below!