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Black History Month - Recommended Reading List

Walsall Council’s Library Service has developed a reading list that includes a range of titles available through the libraries themselves, eBooks, or eAudiobooks. They are available free through the Borrow Box app with a Walsall library card.

For more information, visit the Walsall Council website.

Adult Non-Fiction

Name of book




​And Still I Rise

Maya Angelou

​Letters To My Daughter

Maya Angelou

Black Poppies: Britain’s Black Community & the Great War

Stephen Bourne

Mother Country: real stories of the Windrush children

Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff

Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race

Reni Eddo-Lodge

Empire’s Crossroads– A History of the Caribbean

Carrie Gibson

The truths we hold: an American journey

Kamala Harris

Who Am I Again?

Lenny Henry

Voices of the Windrush generation: the real story told by the people themselves

David Matthews


Martin Meredith

A promised land

Barack Obama


Michelle Obama

Black and British: A Forgotten History

David Olusoga

Pitch Black: The Story of Black British Footballers

Emy Onuora

Me and white supremacy: how to recognise your privilege, combat racism and change the world

Layla F Saad

Hidden figures: the untold story of the African-American women who helped win the space race

Margot Lee Shetterly

The Good Immigrant

Nikesh Shukla

The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah

Adult Fiction

Name of book


The Vanishing Half

Brit Bennett

Noughts and Crosses

Malorie Blackman

Washington Black: a novel

Esi Edugyan

Invisible man

Ralph Ellison


Yaa Gyasi

White Teeth

Zadie Smith

Cane warriors

Alex Wheatle

​The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead

American Histories

John Edgar Wideman

Red at the bone

Jacqueline Woodson

Junior Non-Fiction

Name of book


When Rosa Parks Met Martin Luther King JR

Zoe Clarke

Resistance and Abolition

Dan Lyndon

Africa and the Slave Trade

Dan Lyndon

Community and Identity

Dan Lyndon

Timelines from Black History: Leaders, Legends, Legacies


Who was Rosa Parks?

Yona Zeldis McDonough

Black and British: a short, essential history

David Olusoga

Nobody Gonna Turn Me ‘Round

Doreen Rappaport

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Philip Steele

Black History Matters

Robin Walker

Martin Luther King

Verna Wilkins


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