Office of Library Media Services
1250 Sigsbee, SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
p. (616) 819‐2595 f. (616) 819‐2590

Grand Rapids Public Schools Library Media Services is proud to be an educational team member that strives to create a dynamic environment for a diverse community of learners. We support emerging technologies while fostering a love of reading and learning. We are a pathway for students to become life long learners and informed 21st century global citizens.


Black History Month is observed every February in the United States.

The celebration of Black History Month, and the study of black history began with Dr. Carter G. Woodson.   His parents were former slaves, he spent his childhood working in the Kentucky coal mines and enrolled in high school at the age of twenty.  He graduated two years later and went on to earn a Ph.D. from Picture1Harvard.  Dr. Woodson was disturbed that history books mostly ignored the black American population - and when blacks were observed, it was generally in ways that reflected the inferior social position they were assigned at that time.

Dr. Woodson decided to take the challenge of writing black Americans into our history.  He established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History) in 1915.  A year later Dr. Woodson founded the widely respected Journal of Negro History.  In 1926, he launched Negro History week as a way to bring national attention to the contributions of black people that have been deeply embedded throughout American history.  Woodson chose the second week of February for Negro History Week, marking the birthdays of individuals who influenced the Black American population, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.  

Grand Rapids Public School Library Media Services is proud to to be a part of the Black History Month celebration by providing recommended book titles for you.  Every title can be found on our GRPS Overdrive Library at  Login is the same username and password that your child uses on computers at school.

Black History Suggested Titles - Grades K-3

Black History Suggested Titles - Grades 4-5

Black History Suggested Titles - Grades 6-8

Black History Suggested Titles - Grades 9-12

Black History Suggested Titles - Adults