You Belong Book Project - February Book List

You Belong Book Project - February Book List Image

February readings

February is Black History Month. We were very excited to kick off the You Belong series with our very own President & CEO Trina Burruss who read Keaka, written by Terrence 'Coach T' Burruss and illustrated by Hajra Masher. 


Other February readings include:
Flying High The Story of Gymnastics Champion Simone Biles by Michelle Meadows, illustrated by Ebony Glenn and read by UWBEC Board Chair Rev. Rachelle Sat'chell Robinson 

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, illustrated by Vashti Harrison and read by Say Yes Internship & Career Pathways Supervisor for Employer Outreach Stephanie Peete

Saving Money with Randall and Jerome written & read by local author Mia Burse with illustrations by Eminence System 

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book list

Below you will find a specially curated list of early childhood books in celebration of Black History Month. If you are donating to the book drive this month, we encourage you to pick a book from this list.  Books with a * at the end are books that were read for this month's You Belong Book Project Story Time. 

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Althea Gibson: The Story of Tennis' Fleet-of-Foot Girl by Megan Reid

Baby Young Gifted and Black by Jamie Wilson

Be A King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford

Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane by Carole Boston Weatherford

Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins by Michelle Meadows

By and By: Charles Albert Lindley the Father of Gospel Music by Carole Boston Weatherford

Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange

Counting the Stars: The Story of Kathrine Johnson NASA Mathematician by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Curls by Ruth Forman

Curve & Flow: The Elegant Vision of L.A. Architect Paul R. Williams by Andrea J. Money

Dream Big Little One by Vashti Harrison

Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon by Kelly Starling Lyons

Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange

Every Little Thing by Bob Marley

Flying High: The Story of Gymnastics Champion Simone Biles by Michelle Meadows *

Follow Your Dreams Little One by Vashti Harrison

Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins by Carole Boston Weatherford

Freedom Soup by Tami Charles

Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America by Carole Boston Weatherford

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry *

Harlem's Historic Neighborhood: Sugar Hill by Carole Boston Weatherford

Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills by Renée Watson

Hey, Black Child by Useni Perkins

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hold Them Close: A Love Letter to Black Children by Jamilah Thompkins Bigelow

I, Too, Am America by Langston Hugs

I Color Myself Different by Colin Kaepernick

I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Indigo Dreaming by Dinah Johnson

Jake Makes A World: Jacob Lawrence a Young Artist in Harlem by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston by Alica D. Williams

Keaka by Terrence 'Coach T' Burruss*

Mae Among The Stars by Roda Ahmed

Nina: A Story of Nina Simone by Traci N. Todd

One Love by Bob Marley

Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis by Jabari Asim

Put Your Shoes On & Get Ready by Raphael G. Warnock

Roberta Flack: The Green Piano How Little Me Found Music by Tonya Bolden

Rosa by Nikki Giovanni

Saving Money with Randall and Jerome by local author Mia Burse*

Stacey's Extraordinary Words by Stacey Abrams

The ABCs of Black History by Rio Cortez

The Highest Tribute: Thurgood Marshall's Life, Leadership and Legacy by Kekla Magoon

The People Remember by Abi Zoboi

The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop by Carole Boston Weatherford

The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Everett Just by Mélina Mangal

Trombone Shorty by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews

We Are Here by Tami Charles

We March by Shane W. Evans

Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats

Wind Flyers by Angela Johnson

Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins Bigelow