Welcome back to GGP's newest feature! We're picking a theme each month and highlighting some of our favorites from around the store. February is Black History Month, so we're celebrating works by amazing black authors for all ages and interests. Stop by the store and see the full display with these and a few more excellent selections.
For our youngest readers, we recommend Vashti Harrison's Little Leaders. Harrison teaches kids about no fewer than 40 African-American women who made a difference, from iconic figures to everyday heroes.
For middle grade readers, check out Rita Williams-Garcia's One Crazy Summer. Three sisters move to Oakland and find themselves having a summer they never imagined at a day camp run by the Black Panthers. (Ages 9+)
For young adult fiction lovers, we loved Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give. The story revolves around a black teenage girl as she moves between two spheres, and how the death of her friend at the hands of police upends her life and her communities. (Ages 14+)
For graphic novel fans, try Tony Medina's I Am Alfonso Jones. Medina navigates a touching, fantastical world in which victims of police shootings inhabit an underground afterlife. The dead and the living both grapple with Black Lives Matter and police brutality. (Ages 13+)
For nonfiction readers, we suggest Ta-Nehisi Coates's We Were Eight Years in Power. Its title is a reference to the end of Reconstruction, when Jim Crow took back the South from multiracial democracy. Coates uses this as a parallel to discuss our current political landscape and the transition between our first black president and the whitest (orangest?) one in some time.
For adult fiction readers, pick up Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing. Ward won her second consecutive National Book Award for this novel, which tells a tale of family, violence, love, death, and race in Mississippi.