In addition, Ward reviews three books for Black History Month. Like Small Steps, all three books are aimed at the 10 and above crowd and include,
- Shelia P. Moses, The Return of Buddy Bush--the sequel to The Legend of Buddy Bush, "a novel based on the true story of a young black man falsely accused of raping a white woman in Rich Square, N.C., in 1947."
- Julian Houston, New Boy, a fictionalized account of the author's experiences at "the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, where he was among the school's first black students" during the beginnings of the civil rights movement.
- Ann Bausum, Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement. This non-fiction title focuses on the experiences of two participants in the Freedom Rides. Ward writes, "This superb book -- meticulously researched and packed with photos -- focuses on the Rides, and the fear, loathing and violence that attended them, through the double lens of their lives."