Black History Month is one short month of the year, but Black characters in stories can reflect the past, present and future. Much of Black History Month celebrates the historic milestones and building blocks that have advanced civil rights. These stories revealed the grit and determination of a people who have made strides in arts, sciences, sports, and many other fields. But the Black characters we meet in books are not only great in the past. They also solve mysteries, wield magic, and live in fantastical worlds that help us imagine the future. The characters in the attached list are into magic and time travel and dinosaurs. Check out the list and see where it takes you!
African-Americans make history all around the world and in all different dimensions. Check out these stories that take place in different times and worlds where change is what you make of it.
Princess Adrienne is tired of being locked in a tower, waiting around to be rescued by a prince. She escapes from the tower with the help of her guardian dragon, Sparky. With her plucky sidekick Bedelia, Adrienne sets off on a quest to rescue her sisters who are suffering the same fate.
Brooklyn Visions Academy student Miles Morales may not always want to be a super hero, but he must come to terms with his identity as the new Spider Man, and deal with a villanous teacher.
In Brooklyn, nine-year-old Jax joins Ma, and a curmudgeonly witch who lives in his building, go on a quest to deliver three baby dragons to a magical world. And along the way, Jax discovers his true calling.
Lunella Lafayette is an inhuman preteen genius who wants to change the world! THAT JOB would be a lot easier if she wasn't living in mortal fear of her latent inhuman gene. There's no telling what she'll turn into -- but Luna's got a plan. All she needs is an Omni-Wave Projector. Easy, right? That is, until a red-scaled beast is teleported from the prehistoric past to now! Together they're the most Marvelous Team-Up of all -- the Inhuman Moon Girl and time-tossed Devil Dinosaur (DD)! But will they be BFFs forever, or just until DD's dinner time?
T'Challa is the prince of Wakanda. He grew up with his father, Black Panther. When things heat up at home, his father sends him to America for safety with his friend M'Baku. The boys attend a Chicago high school, where the class bully, Gemini Jones, becomes possessed by a dark, evil magic. To save the school, T'Challa must don the tech suit and vibranium ring he was given for emergencies. Can he keep his secret identity and save the day?
It is the summer of 1863, and the Civil War rages between dinosaur-mounted armies down south, and a tense New York City seems on the brink of exploding into riots. Magdalys Roca and the other children at the Colored Orphan Asylum are trying to survive. But when Magdalys receives a letter telling her that her brother Montez was wounded, she knows that she must reach him. And just possibly her ability to communicate telepathically with dinosaurs may come in handy.
Visiting her grandmother in the Louisiana bayou, ten-year-old Maddy begins to realize that she may be the only sibling to carry on the gift of her family's magical legacy.
Number 47, a fourteen-year-old slave boy growing up under the watchful eye of a brutal master in 1832, meets the mysterious Tall John. Tall introduces him to a magical science and also teaches him the meaning of freedom.
In 2194 in Zimbabwe, General Matsika's three children are kidnapped and put to work in a plastic mine. Meanwhile, three mutant detectives use their special powers to search for them.
When their family relocates to a new home in Aura, Texas, identical twins Cassie and Caitlyn begin experiencing psychic visions warning them that their mother is in danger.