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Black Joy

black joy books

During Black History Month, we encourage you to pick up a book that centers and celebrates Black joy. On this list, you’ll find a variety of books for all ages – romances, fantasies, adventures, memoirs and more – that highlight Black lives, communities and relationships. To read summaries or to place a hold, click on the link.


Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Redd
Rocket Says Look Up! by Nathan Bryon
Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
I Am Enough by Grace Byers
I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes
Jada Jones series by Kelly Starling Lyons
J.D. the Kid Barber series by J. Dillard
Saturday by Mora Oge

Middle Grade:

Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson
Black Boy Joy edited by Kwame Mbalia
From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
Love Double Dutch! by Doreen Spicer-Dannelly
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

young adult:

Friday I’m in Love by Camryn Garrett
Cool, Awkward, Black by Karen Strong
Kings of B’more by R. Eric Thomas
A Phoenix First Must Burn by Patrice Caldwell
Love is a Revolution by Renée Watson
Black Girl Magic: A Poem by Mahogany L. Browne
Proud: Living my American Dream by Ibtihaj Muhammad
Batter Royale by Leisl Adams


The Book of Delights by Ross Gay
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby
Bingo Love by Tee Franklin
Meals, Music, and Muses: Recipes From My African American Kitchen by Alexander Smalls
In West Mills by De’Shawn Charles Winslow

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin