New and Anticipated Books to Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month, and we hope you’ll join us in marking the occasion by adding a few new books to your shelves. Here, we’ve collected a list of newly released and forthcoming books by some of our favorite Black creators—with helpful blurbs from our staff of booksellers! The recommendations below span all ages and interests, so whether you’re in the mood for a sweet picture book or a thoughtful collection of essays, you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your TBR list. 


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The Old Boat By Jarrett Pumphrey, Jerome Pumphrey Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324005179
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Published: Norton Young Readers - March 2nd, 2021

“This gorgeous picture book is an ode to the Gulf Coast, to the natural world, to family. It's another hit from the Pumphrey brothers for every reader to treasure.”

Ambitious Girl By Meena Harris, Marissa Valdez (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Meena Harris, Marissa Valdez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316229692
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2021

“Activist and entrepreneur Meena Harris (Kamala’s niece!) teams up with Houston-based illustrator Marissa Valdez for an empowering picture book—based on her own family—that inspires young girls to reclaim phrases like ‘too ambitious’ or ‘too assertive.’”

Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural Investigations #1) By B. B. Alston Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062975164
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 19th, 2021

“Within the first 10 pages, I was hooked. This is NOT TO BE MISSED. It's A Wrinkle in Time meets Men in Black with amazing characters, humor, and just the right amount of magic. What are you waiting for?”

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Root Magic By Eden Royce Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062899576
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Published: Walden Pond Press - January 5th, 2021

“A page-turning blend of magic and history. This special story makes for a wholly original and powerful reading experience.”

Wings of Ebony By J. Elle Cover Image
By J. Elle
ISBN: 9781534470675
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Published: Denene Millner Books/Simon & Schuster Books f - January 26th, 2021

“Half realistic fiction, half fantasy, all Black girl magic and set in Houston to boot. You can't go wrong!”

Love Is a Revolution By Renée Watson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781547600601
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - February 2nd, 2021

“Well-rounded and complex characters. I loved the explorations of self confidence, social awareness, and the importance of family.”

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While We Were Dating By Jasmine Guillory Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593100851
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Published: Berkley - July 13th, 2021

“It's Jasmine Guillory at her best—mixing delightful characters and relatable situations with her signature, candid look at the real world. I could not put it down.”

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Love in Color: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold By Bolu Babalola Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063078499
Published: William Morrow - April 13th, 2021

“In this short story collection, Babalola retells a number of love stories from history and global mythology, updating them and centering them on the woman's point of view. Dip in and read one story at a time or read it all in one fell swoop—either way, it's a delight!”

The Other Black Girl: A Novel By Zakiya Dalila Harris Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982160135
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Published: Atria Books - June 1st, 2021

“One of the most anticipated books of the year. Think The Devil Wears Prada meets Get Out, set in the New York publishing world.”

A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance By Hanif Abdurraqib Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984801197
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Published: Random House - March 30th, 2021

“Hanif Abdurraqib’s thoughtful essays never disappoint. These brilliantly blend memoir, pop culture, and social criticism, and will further cement the author as one of the best, most prominent critics writing today.”

Somebody's Daughter: A Memoir By Ashley C. Ford Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250305978
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Published: Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book - June 1st, 2021

“A highly-anticipated memoir from a favorite essayist / podcaster. This is a tender story of a childhood marked by the absence of an incarcerated father.”