New Picture Book Biographies About Black Activists, Authors, Trailblazers & More

By NYPL Staff
January 30, 2023

Through lyrical prose and gorgeous illustrations, picture book biographies are a wonderful way to introduce young readers to people whose lives have left a mark on history. In honor of Black History Month, we are highlighting the titles below, all published in 2022 or 2023, to introduce children to well-known and lesser-known Black Americans who made important contributions to society, science, and the arts through their actions and words. From trailblazers who broke color barriers in their fields, to civil rights activists who took a stand, and authors who expressed the struggle and hope of their people, these individuals will inform and inspire young readers. 

Explore Black History Month at NYPL.

Summaries provided via NYPL’s catalog, which draws from multiple sources. Click through to each book’s title for more.