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Learning about black history is important for children and adults of any age. And while February is officially Black History Month, it is important that we learn about and celebrate it all year long. One way that we can teach our students about black history is with culturally diverse books that we can add to our classroom libraries, lessons, and read alouds. These engaging black history books for kids showcase the importance of black culture, diversity, and stories from some of the past’s most influential black men and women!
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Black History Books for Kids
Taking time to remember and honor black historical figures and events doesn’t have to be limited to a specific holiday or month. It can be done year-round! And books are perfect for introducing and teaching these important topics!
There are so many amazing black history books for kids but today we are sharing with you some favorites that we love to read in our own classrooms!
- Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed
- Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
- Let’s Read About… Rosa Parks by Courtney Baker
- Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament by Anne Renaud
- Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport
- Let’s Read About… Ruby Bridges by Ruby Bridges and Grace Maccarone
- Let’s Read About… Martin Luther King, Jr. by Courtney Baker
- Have You Thanked an Inventor Today? by Patrice McLaurin
- Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
- Ready to Fly: How Sylvia Townsend Became the Bookmobile Ballerina by Lea Lyon and Alexandria LaFaye
Celebrating Black Culture
- Your Name Is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
- Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy
- Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
- I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes
- I Am Enough by Grace Byers
- All Because You Matter by Tami Charles
- Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o
- All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
- Just Like a Mama by Alice Faye Duncan
- Fresh Princess by Denene Millner
- Bright Eyes, Brown Skin by Cheryl Willis Hudson
Do you have a favorite children’s book to celebrate black history in your classroom? We’d love to know!
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