Black History Month

February is Black History Month and there are many resources available from the Harris County Public Library System. Here are some book lists to guide you to African American literature in our collection. Please see our Events Calendar for Black History Month events at your local branch.

Book Awards


BCALA Literary Award for Fiction

Given annually by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association for oustanding works by African Amerian authors.

BCALA Literary Award for Nonfiction

Given annually by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association for oustanding works by African Amerian authors.

Coretta Scott King Award
Awarded annually to authors and illustrators of African descent whose work promotes the "American Dream."

Coretta Scott King Award - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement
Recognizes outstanding African-American authors, illustrators or author/illustrators and practitioners for lasting and significant contributions to youth or young adult literature. Pays tribute to beloved author Virginia Hamilton.

John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Awarded annually to a black author and a black illustrator beginning his/her career.

NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Fiction

The NAACP Image Awards honor outstanding works in literature.

NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Children

The NAACP Image Awards honor outstanding works in the children's literature field.

NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture

The NAACP Image Awards honor outstanding works in the literature and entertainment fields.

 

Book Lists


African American Authors

A selection of African American authors with books in the library.

African American Nonfiction

A selection of nonfiction works by and about African Americans.

African American Poets

A selection of African-American poets and their works.