Resources at Gail Borden Public Library

Retired teachers and school librarians have worked together with Gail Borden staff to create the U-46 Multicultural Shelf on African-American History and Culture. This list includes books for elementary-school readers that:

  • are written by African or African-American authors


  • touch on aspects of African or African-American history and culture

Individual books have been mapped to specific grade levels and essential questions. Fountas and Pinnell levels are also listed when available.  You can view the entire Multicultural Bookshelf online or select a specific grade level to view: 

Book covers of titles on multicultural bookshelf

Book covers of titles on multicultural bookshelf

Cover images for books on Multicultural Bookshelf

To find more books for all ages, try doing an advanced search with the term African as a subject. Once you get a list of results, you can use the options on the left side to narrow down your search results to DVDs, puppets, books in Spanish, books in the teen section, or other types of materials.

Online Resources

The Brown Bookshelf - This blog discusses and promotes children's literature written by African Americans.

Latin@s in KidLit - This blog discusses and promotes children's literature written "about, for, and/or by Latin@s".

We Need Diverse Books: Where to Find Diverse Books - The We Need Diverse Books campaign maintains this resource, which links to sites that highlight children's literature about African-Americans, American Indians, Latinos, persons with disabilities, Muslims, LGBTQIA persons, and more.

Questions? Comments?

If you have questions or comments about the U-46 Multicultural Supplement on African-American History and Culture, please contact Danielle Henson at (847) 429-6792 or

If you would like more assistance in locating materials for use in your classroom, please contact the Youth Help Desk at (847) 429-4685.