Butler Bookshelf

This week, the Butler Bookshelf features The Beautiful Struggle: A memoir by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Coates describes his struggles growing up with a father who used tough love to raise him to be a proud black man in a racist society. But Coates just wanted to hang out and read comic books. His struggle to live up to his father’s expectations while also trying to be true to himself makes for a compelling memoir. For more amazing stories featuring African American protagonists, check out the list below!

The Year I Flew Away
Written by Marie Arnold
Published by Versify
Available now!

The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir (Adapted for Young Readers)
Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Published by Delacorte Press
Available now!

Your Corner Dark
Written by Desmond Hall
Published by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Available now!

Sprouting Wings: The True Story of James Herman Banning, the First African American Pilot to Fly Across The United States
Written by Louisa Jagger and Illustrated by Shari Becker
Published by Crown Books for Young Readers
Available now!

Little People, Big Dreams: Prince
Written by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara and Illustrated by Cachetejack
Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
Available now!

Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston
Written by Alicia D. Williams and Illustrated by Jacqueline Alcantara
Published by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Available now!