20 Children's Books To Celebrate Black History
Updated: Feb 16
Black History Month is one of our favorite months in our home. Growing up, as a child myself, although I was aware of Black History Month, there wasn't much emphasis placed on learning during it.
I am so happy to live and be raising my own kids during a time where being Black is celebrated and where there are so many resources available to help me instill not only the history of our culture, but also the pride and legacy. One of the ways we LOVE to learn about Black people and our achievements is through books and reading.
Reading has become a fave time to connect and grow in our knowledge of our ancestors. There are many great books about Black history for children, here are a few of our favorites:
"Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History" by Vashti Harrison - This book features inspiring black women who have made significant contributions to history.
"The Story of Ruby Bridges" by Robert Coles - This book tells the true story of Ruby Bridges, a six-year-old African American girl who helped integrate a New Orleans school in the 1960s.
"Henry's Freedom Box" by Ellen Levine - This book tells the story of Henry "Box" Brown, a slave who mailed himself to freedom in a wooden crate.
"I Am Enough" by Grace Byers - This book celebrates self-love and diversity.
"Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race" by Margot Lee Shetterly - This book tells the story of four black women who made important contributions to NASA's space program.
"March: Book One" by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell - This graphic novel tells the story of Congressman John Lewis's experience during the civil rights movement.
"Rosa" by Nikki Giovanni - This book tells the story of Rosa Parks, who famously refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus.
"Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement" by Carole Boston Weatherford - This book tells the story of Fannie Lou Hamer, a civil rights activist who fought for voting rights and social justice.
"Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down" by Andrea Davis Pinkney - This book tells the story of four college students who staged a sit-in at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, during the civil rights movement.
"Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." by Doreen Rappaport - This book tells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy of nonviolent activism.
The ABCs of Black History by Rio Cortez - "celebrates a story that spans continents and centuries, triumph and heartbreak, creativity and joy." For each letter of the alphabet this books highlights people, words, music, themes that are big themes in Black culture.
I didn't want this blog post to get to long, so here is an additional list of books that have rocked our world that should be in any child's library and can be purchased here.
We have had so much fun using these books as foundation for building our Black History muscle and I hope that you find these helpful for your own personal libraries. You can grab any of the books by clicking on the links.
What are some of your favorite children's books that cover this topic? Drop them in below in the comments and happy reading!
with wisdom and courage, for His glory,