15 Must-Read Books to Celebrate Black History

In honor of February’s Black History Month, our Director of Diversity and Inclusion put together a list of 15 books that celebrate and educate readers about Black History. This list will keep readers learning and engaged not only for the month of February but also all year round. 

The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Martin Rising: Requiem For a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Learn more about Diversity and Inclusion at Shipley on our website.

About the Author


The Shipley School is an independent, coeducational day school in Bryn Mawr for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world. Through a strong college-preparatory curriculum in the humanities and sciences, our school encourages curiosity, creativity, and respect for intellectual effort. Shipley upholds and promotes moral integrity, a sense of personal achievement and worth, and concern for others at school and in the larger community.