Question: “Cara, I’m a super amazing reader, and have already read all the books you listed on your post last week. Will you find me some new ones?”
Answer: “Of course. I am your reading servant and friend. See below!”
Question: “Friend, I don’t want to read the books you invited us to read, but I do want to participate in Reading for Change. I do only want to read books written by black authors in the month of February. Help a sister out?”
Answer: “Why, of course. See below!”
So, is this you?
Are you Reading for Change, but in need of even more reading options?
Well, have no fear. More titles are here!
The Warmth of Other Suns (Isabel Wilkerson)
The New Jim Crow (Michelle Alexander)
The Color of Water (James McBride)
Fire Shut Up in My Bones (Charles M. Blow)
Hunger (Roxane Gay)
Spoonbread & Strawberry Wine (Norma Dean Darden and Carole Darden) – bonus, it’s also a cookbook!
Roadmap to Reconciliation (Brenda Salter McNeil)
Jesus and the Disinherited (Howard Thurman)
Every Little Thing (Deidra Riggs)
32 Candles (Ernessa Carter)
Half of a Yellow Sun (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
God Help the Child (Toni Morrison)
Everything, Everything (Nicola Yoon) – and this is actually YA.
Here’s a kids’ list of 28 black picture books that aren’t about buses, boycotts or basketballs, and a list of 12 lesser-known black authors we should all be reading.
Also, be sure to check out Modern Mrs. Darcy’s “What Should I Read Next?” podcast this Tuesday, because I hear she’ll be talking about what we’ve been talking about… (And if that’s not subliminally passive-aggressive, I don’t know what is).
Finally, browse The Brown Bookshelf for more ideas as well!
I know I’m feeling the change deep in my bones already from this month’s reading exercise, and I don’t doubt it’s the same for you.
So, how has Reading for Change changed you?
Reading for Change: What books are YOU reading this month that’s sparking change within you? And are any of the above books your favorite? I’d love to continue to provide resources, so if you have books you think WE should read for Black History Month, leave them in the comments below!