February is Black History Month in the United States. The books in this list feature stories about incredible historical figures, as well as biographies, historical fiction, and characters overcoming adversity. We've included books with a Jewish connection as well as titles we love from PJ Library and PJ Our Way authors.
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A Horn For Louis by Eric Kimmel
This story follows young Louis Armstrong as his neighbors help him acquire his very first instrument.
Abe and Willie are secretly best friends until Abe's grandfather catches them--will they have the courage to bring their special friendship out in the open?
As Good As Anybody by Richard Michelson
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marched in Selma together. This book is the story of their remarkable friendship and activism.
Happy Feet by Richard Michelson
A peak into the legendary Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. The book is illustrated by Caldecott Award Winner E.B. Lewis.
Stealing Home by Ellen Schwartz
Baseball is a great escape, but can it solve your problems? Nine year-old Joey Sexton has to grow up fast – his African-American dad is gone, his Jewish mother just died, and now he has been sent to live with his mother’s family in Brooklyn. Joey’s zayde (grandfather) acts as though Joey can’t do anything right. Sure, Joey can play a mean game of baseball, but is that enough to impress the person whose affection he wants most?
This book, from PJ Library and PJ Our Way author, Steve Sheinkin, follows a group of young African-American sailors who are assigned to load ammunition at Port Chicago, a segregated naval base in California. The men are never trained to handle ammunition safely, and when a terrifying disaster strikes the base, they are forced to decide between following orders and taking a stand.
Yuvi’s Candy Tree by Lesley Simpson
Based on a true story, this book tells of Yuvi’s extraordinary journey from Ethiopia to Israel.
Looking for more book ideas and suggestions? You can find all of the PJ Library books that deal with story lines about inclusion here.
February 9, 2017