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13 Black-Themed Books By Black Authors to Enjoy During Black History Month

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with these amazing authors that express and uplift the Black experience. Let’s amplify Black voices and learn from the Black American trailblazers from our history and the ones who pave the way for a future of change. Teachers, educators, and parents will find self-care and positive affirmations for young Black teens and adults in this Black History gift guide.

The Strong Black Woman: How a Myth Endangers the Physical and Mental Health of Black Women

The Strong Black Woman

Meet Black women who have learned through hard lessons the importance of self-care and how to break through the cultural and family resistance to seeking therapy and professional mental health care. For generations, in response to systemic racism, Black women and African American culture created the persona of the Strong Black Woman, a woman who, motivated by service and sacrifice, handles, manages, and overcomes any problem, any obstacle. The syndrome calls on Black women to be the problem-solvers and chief caretakers for everyone in their lives―never buckling, never feeling vulnerable, and never bothering with their pain.

 

To be a Black woman in America is to know you cannot protect your children or guarantee their safety, your value is consistently questioned, and even being “twice as good” is often not good enough. Consequently, Black women disproportionately experience anxiety and depression. Studies now conclusively connect racism and mental health―and physical health. You deserve to be emotionally healthy for yourself and those you love. More and more young Black women are re-examining the Strong Black Woman syndrome and engaging in self-care practices that change their lives. Discover our amazing author on Mango!

 

To be a Black woman in America is to know you cannot protect your children or guarantee their safety, your value is consistently questioned, and even being “twice as good” is often not good enough. Consequently, Black women disproportionately experience anxiety and depression. Studies now conclusively connect racism and mental health―and physical health. You deserve to be emotionally healthy for yourself and those you love. More and more young Black women are re-examining the Strong Black Woman syndrome and engaging in self-care practices that change their lives. Discover our amazing author on Mango!

 

Resilient Black Girl: 52 Weeks of Anti-Racist Activities for Black Joy and Resilience

Resilient Black Girl

Resilient Black Girl is a must-read in young adult nonfiction books for Black girls. As a social justice book for teens and a book about racism, it provides Black teen girls a better understanding of the effects of racism and equips them with skills for navigating spaces in their daily lives.

 

Young Black girls and young Black women are powerful. Unfortunately, you will face microaggressions and racism in your daily life. Resilient Black Girl empowers you to be brave, face challenges of oppression, and rely on yourself. In the spirit of the Black Lives Matter movement, learn to be a positive element in your community through allyship and activism. This journal and activity workbook provides the steps to achieving your personal and public goals. Discover our amazing author on Mango!

 

Empowered Black Girl: Joyful Affirmations and Words of Resilience

Empowered Black Girl

Even strong, fearless, and badass Black girls and Black women need affirmations. Now more than ever, we need to practice the art of self-care and give our minds and bodies the TLC they deserve. Author of Badass Black Girl and Happy, Okay?, M.J Fievre brings you inspirational words of wisdom through fabulous Black female trailblazers who have changed the world, including Audre Lorde, Lupita Nyong’o, and Angela Davis.

 

Take a deep breath. We don’t always have to be strong. Sometimes, taking a break to focus on our mental health is bravery in itself. We find ourselves needing reminders that we are incredible and more than enough. Empowered Black Girl teaches you to master using daily words of affirmation, experience a life filled with love, Black joy, fulfillment, and satisfaction and how to take control of your destiny and direct your future. Discover our amazing author on Mango!

Badass Black Girl: Questions, Quotes, and Affirmations for Teens

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Explore the many facets of your identity through hundreds of big and small questions. In this affirmation book created for Black girls, M.J. Fievre tackles topics such as family and friends, school and careers, body image, and stereotypes. By reflecting on these themes, you confront the issues that can hold you back from discovering your inner Black joy.

Finding the courage to live as you are is not easy, so here’s a book designed to help you nurture creativity and positive self-awareness. This affirmation book provides words of encouragement focused on Black joy to inspire and ignite discussion. You are growing up in a world that tries to tell you how to look and act. Fight the flow and determine for yourself who you want to be. Badass Black Girl helps you to build and boost your self-esteem with powerful, positive affirmations. Learn more about yourself through insightful journaling prompts and become confident in your authentic Black girl self. Discover our amazing author on Mango!

Young Trailblazers: The Book of Black Inventors and Scientists

 The Book of Black Inventors and Scientists

Take your child on an adventure and travel through time to meet historical black trailblazers who changed the game. Countdown to liftoff with Katherine Johnson who helped pioneer U.S. crewed space missions. Safely cross the street with Garrett Morgan who invented the traffic signal or even sing your heart out with James West’s invention of the microphone.

 

There are Black scientists and Black inventors such as George Washington Carver and Madam C.J. Walker we all know. There are also dozens of Black trailblazers that we don’t know of, all of whom have accomplished remarkable things in literature, entertainment, education, STEM, business, military and government services, politics and law, activism, sports, spirituality, and more. Discover our amazing author on Mango!

Seven Sisters and a Brother: Friendship, Resistance, and Untold Truths Behind Black Student Activism in the 1960s

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Fighting injustice and racism. This narrative tells the story of seven women and one man at the heart of a black power sit-in protesting decreased enrollment and hiring of African Americans at Swarthmore College, and demanding an African American Studies curriculum. The book, written by the former students themselves, includes autobiographical chapters providing a view into the lives of young people during the Civil Rights era.

 

Correcting media representation. For years the media and some in the school community portrayed the peaceful protest in a negative light―this collective narrative provides a very necessary and overdue retelling of the revolution that took place at Swarthmore College in 1969. The group of eight student protestors only recently have begun to receive credit for the school’s greater inclusiveness, as well as the influence their actions had on universities around the country. Discover our amazing author on Mango!

 

Black and Resilient: 52 Weeks of Anti-Racist Activities for Black Joy and Empowerment

Black and Resilient

From the bestselling author of Badass Black Girl comes a much-needed space for Black teens and kids to say “I am enough.” In this self-acceptance guidebook for teen boys, be empowered by 52 weeks of Black self-love and anti-racism lessons, affirmations for positive thinking, and prompts for Black Boy Joy.

 

Black and Resilient includes prompts for teens to reflect and divulge what they’re feeling on a deeper level. It comes with mind-strengthening affirmations for teens, stories of truth and power, and practices to teach Black teen boys how to stay empowered despite what life throws at them. This Black confidence book is a catalyst for change and healing to enter the heart and spirit of Black teens everywhere.

 

Part of the Bold & Black series for Black self-love and antiracism. The Bold & Black series is specifically designed to help Black teens create a safe space to be themselves. The world often forgets that Black boys also need affirmations and words of empowerment to get through the day. Black & Resilient seeks to give Black teens the space to heal, find Black Boy Joy, and become empowered to walk boldly in their everyday lives. Discover our amazing author on Mango!

Civil Rights Then and Now

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Take a crash course in the social justice issues that keep the United States from realizing its promise of equality! This civil rights book for kids is simultaneously a guide for parents and educators who worry about broaching the topics of racism, discrimination, and prejudice. Civil Rights Then and Now: A Timeline of the Fight for Equality in America presents the reader with facts, biographies, and landmark supreme court cases in an easily digestible manner and within a historical context.

 

The minor editorializing helps to guide readers to understand the events that have shaped the United States and then challenges them to become advocates for change. Included in this book are vocabulary lists, questions for comprehension and discussion, and even essay/journaling prompts. This information-packed social justice book and civil rights timeline introduces readers to a selection of many critical civil rights movement events in black history. From the embarrassing origins of Slavery to the modern struggle against systemic and overt oppression, this book will spark conversations about subjects that we can no longer afford to ignore. Discover our amazing author on Mango!

 

Raising Confident Black Kids: A Comprehensive Guide for Empowering Parents and Teachers of Black Children

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Raising Confident Black Kids includes everything Black and multi-racial families need to know to raise empowered, confident children. From the realities of living while Black to age-appropriate ways to discuss racism with your children, educator M.J. Fievre provides a much-needed resource for parents of Black kids everywhere.

 

It’s hard to balance protecting your child’s innocence with preparing them for the realities of Black life. When―and how―do you approach racism with your children? How do you protect their physical and mental health while also preparing them for a country full of systemic racism? Now, there’s a guide to help you teach your kids how to thrive―even when it feels like the world is against them. Discover our amazing author on Mango!

The Book of Awesome Black Americans: Scientific Pioneers, Trailblazing Entrepreneurs, Barrier-Breaking Activists and Afro-Futurists

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We are familiar with a handful of African Americans who are mentioned in American history books, but there are also countless others who do not get recognized in mainstream media. Their biographies vary greatly, but each one contributes to the course of Black history and its influence on America and the greater world. Their stories encourage teenage boys and girls to find their own path to change.

Celebrate the successes made possible by diversity. African Americans have made history by challenging and changing the American landscape. This was accomplished not by shedding layers of originality, but by wearing their colors proudly and openly in the world. Growth has been made possible by a resistance to conformity and a fusing of cultures, African and American alike. Discover our amazing author on Mango!

 

Notoriously Dapper: How to Be a Modern Gentleman with Manners, Style and Body Confidence

Notoriously Dapper

The modern gentleman: Being a true modern gentleman and a genuine class act is increasingly rare. It is also more important now than ever before. What worked for the Rat Pack and the Brat Pack won’t work for you and truth be told, it won’t work for anyone because that is old school. Manliness in the modern era is worth learning about and the dividends will pay off for a lifetime. Not only will you bring joy to all those around you, you’ll be happier, too. Once you master this, you’ll live the good life.

 

Manliness, life skills, and building self-esteem: No one in the world is better suited than Kelvin Davis, (we’re talking really nice suits, too) to provide the ultimate guide to being a modern gentleman. A fresh voice in style, attitude, manners, and body confidence or body-positive for men, Kelvin is a model and major Instagram influencer who has been featured in Glamour Magazine, Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, and much more. Davis is also a leading light in the body confidence movement for men, offering empowerment and wisdom that contributes to building self-esteem wisdom. In his words, “You can choose to be great; clothing has sizes but style does not.”

 

Building body confidence: Wedding etiquette and all-around This book is a treasury of information covering all the bases from how to date (Hint, pulling up and waiting for her in your car is wrong, you’re not freaking Uber!) to social skills to etiquette for all occasions, even including counsel on improving your character. Whether you are at a weekend wedding with your friends, courting a new lady, being a great colleague at work, or becoming a dad, Notoriously Dapper provides practical information and inspiration for the modern gentleman seeking to build body-positive life skills. Mango

Oh Sis, You’re Pregnant!: The Ultimate Guide to Black Pregnancy & Motherhood

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Written with lighthearted humor and cultural context, Oh Sis, You’re Pregnant! discusses the stages of pregnancy, labor, and motherhood as they pertain to pregnant Black women today.

 

In the age of social media, how do pregnant women communicate their big announcement? What are the best protective hairstyles for labor? Most importantly, how many pregnancy guides focus on issues like Black maternal birth rates and what it really looks like to be Black, pregnant, and single today? Written for the modern pregnant Black woman, Oh Sis, You’re Pregnant! is the essential what do you expect when you’re expecting a guide to understanding pregnancy from a millennial Black mom’s point of view. Discover our amazing author on Mango!

 

Your Next Level Life: 7 Rules of Power, Confidence, and Opportunity for Black Women in America

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If you’re a Black woman in business and feeling stuck or trapped by other people’s expectations of what you can achieve, it’s time to stop playing small and start redefining what success means for you. It’s time to get that upgrade. Channel your black girl magic with Karen Arrington― founder of the Miss Black USA Pageant, creator of the Next Level Women’s Summit, and mentor to thousands of confident, successful young black women.

 

How big do you want to live? With the seven simple rules in Your Next Level Life, you’ll learn how to bring your career, income, and lifestyle to that next level. Don’t settle for a life of invisibility and mediocrity. Set ambitious goals, reach for bigger opportunities, and know that you are brave enough to get what you deserve. Your Next Level Life is unlike other self-help books for women. It’s a guide to opportunity that recognizes and celebrates the true magic of ambitious black women. Discover our amazing author on Mango!

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