9 Children’s Books for Black History Month

9 Children's Books for Black History Month
9 Children's Books for Black History Month

What better way to teach your child than through a good book? February is Black History Month and you may be looking for books to help connect children with the past, and even the present. You can find biographies, fiction based on real-life experiences, and a vast variety of themes from slavery to segregation.

Here are 9 children’s books for Black History Month:

Black Women in Science: A Black History Book for Kids by PhD Kimberly Brown Pellum

This book is all about amazing black women across the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It features 15 powerful stories that share history as well as inspire others.

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History and Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison

These books have the most beautiful images that introduce you to women and men who changed the world. These books not only educate but also inspire and bringing iconic and lesser-known female figures to life.

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson

This book is the story of hope and inspiration as well as unwavering courage. The stories of men, women, and children, and America. The book is told through a unique point of view, the voice of a one-hundred-year-old African-American woman.

Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome 

This book is a lyrical biography through the life of Harriet Tubman, as a spy, liberator, and more. Through her days as a slave and the undergrown railroad.

If You Were a Kid During the Civil Rights Movement by Gwendolyn Hooks 

With this book, you follow along with two girls as they find themselves in the middle of a civil rights demonstration. Your kids can learn about how the fight for equality changed the country forever.

So Other People Would Be Also Free: The Real Story of Rosa Parks for Kids by Tonya Leslie PhD 

Learn all about Rosa Parks’ life with this one. The book will take you from her childhood to her struggles as a black woman in midcentury America.

I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, illustrated by Kadir Nelson 

This is a picture book of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s iconic speech, “I Have a Dream.” This would be a great way to share these themes with your children. The book also comes with an audio of the speech.

Have You Thanked an Inventor Today? By Patrice McLaurin, illustrated by Dian Wang with contributor Darren McLaurin 

This book is a journey into the contributions of African-American inventors that contributed to the American landscape. It chronicles the school day of a young boy, highlighting different inventions throughout his day.

Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine, illustrated by Kadir Nelson 

This is a dramatic story of a young slave who mails himself to freedom. We get to follow along with Henry’s journey to freedom.

There are so many more books out there to learn more about Black History, whether it is the story of a real-life hero, or to learn what life was like during a certain time period. Spend some time finding some new reads for you and your children this February.

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