As a community hub and center of learning, Books & Books appreciates the importance of understanding the arc of Black History in the United States.  June 19th marks America’s second independence day, and Books & Books invites you to join us as we commemorate the emancipation of the United State’s last slaves, and as well as the ongoing battle for racial equality that commenced. We invite you to explore our reading list and explore the stories that chronicle both.


JUNETEENTH by Ralph Ellison

ON JUNETEENTH by Annette Gordon-Reed

ROOTED by Brea Baker

JAMES by Percival Everett

GOD MADE MY FACE by Hilton Als

THERE’S ALWAYS THIS YEAR by Hanif Abdurraqib

NIGHT FLYER by Tiya Miles

BLACK LITURGIESby Cole Arthur Riley

THE BLACK BOX by Henry Louis Gates Jr

HOW THE WORD IS PASSED by Clint Smith

THE NEW JIM CROW by Michelle Alexander

THE 1619 PROJECT by Nikole Hannah-Jones

THE SWANS OF HARLEM by Karen Valby

JUNETEENTH CBK by Alliah L. Agostini With Taffy Elrod and Sawyer Cloud (Illustrator)

JUNETEENTH IS by Natasha Tripplett and Daniel J. O’Brien (Illustrator)

KIDS BOOK ABOUT JUNETEENTH by Garrison Hayes

WHAT IS JUNETEENTH by Kirsti Jewel, Who HQ, and Manuel Gutierrez (Illustrator)

THE JUNETEENTH COOKBOOK by Alliah L. Agostini With Taffy Elrod, and Sawyer Cloud (Illustrator)

THEY BUILT ME FOR FREEDOM by Tonya Duncan Ellis and Jenin Mohammed (Illustrator)