Book Blog

Black History Month 2021

Celebrate Black History month by reading from our selection of books exploring the African American experience. There are lists for all ages.

Items marked with an * are exclusive to the Collegedale Library libby/overdrive ebook offerings.

The History of Discrimination

Changing Racism

Black Joy, Healing, and Recovery

For Kids

Black Kid Positivity

Narratives From and Starring: YA

Narratives From and Starring: Adult Fiction


A Place for Us

Book cover of A Place for Us by Fatima Mirza

A Place for Us, by Fatima Mirza, tells the story of a Muslim Indian-American family and the tensions between generations.  The parents, Layla and Rafiq, both immigrants from India, were an arranged marriage.  Both are still heavily steeped in tradition, as is the local community of Musli


My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris

Book cover of My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris

This is an epic work of fiction covering events as wide ranging as the holocaust and the civil rights movement, but all told through the diary of a 10 year old girl growing up in 1960s Chicago.  Karen Reyes’ remarkable imagination and art skills set her apart from her peers although it’s her Hisp