Black History Month is observed in the United States and Canada every February! The Netherlands, Ireland, and the United Kingdom celebrate Black History Month during October. Although it’s important to discuss year-round, this month honors the dynamic history and contributions of Black Americans and Canadians.
There are many ways to celebrate Black History Month as a family, no matter your unique culture or background. Reading books is a great way for children to learn from our history, develop empathy and understanding of powerful themes, and celebrate the beauty of diversity!
Dynamic Stories of Historical Heroes
Dream Big, Little One
by Vashti Harrison
Discover the stories of women who changed the world. Read the stories of 18 incredible Black women who did extraordinary things—from ballet dancers to rocket scientists!
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
by Kadir Nelson
This award-winning children’s book tells a deep and dynamic story of African American history. The narrator, a 100-year-old African American woman, takes readers on a journey that reveals important themes of discrimination, grief, perseverance, and triumph.
by Shane W. Evans
This book tells the story of the day that Martin Luther King Jr. gave his renowned “I Have a Dream” speech. The illustrations on each page paint a picture for children of what it was like for one Black family during a historical moment in time.
by Faith Ringgold
Part autobiographical and part fiction, this book is a beautiful story that will captivate young readers. Tar Beach tells the story of an 8-year-old girl who dreams of being free. The book takes children on a magical journey beyond the buildings of Harlem and into the stars.
The ABCs of Black History
by Rio Cortez
This book takes children on an adventure through history and introduces them to important figures—from activists to music artists!
Celebrate the Beauty of Diversity
by Zora Neale Hurston and Ibram X. Kendi
Explore what it means to follow your heart and act bravely! This beautifully illustrated book sheds light on the history of slavery and the Trail of Tears through the story of a young, spirited girl.
I Am Enough
by Grace Byers
This story teaches children about self-confidence, self-love, and being kind to others. Children will be drawn to the beautiful images and influential tale about the power of purpose and belief.
The Year We Learned to Fly
by Jacqueline Woodson
Does your child have a strong imagination? This children’s book tells a story of two siblings who take their grandmother’s advice and rise above their “boredom.” It shares themes of strength, resilience, and building a better world for each other.
Skin Like Mine
by LaTashia Perry
Celebrate the diversity and beauty of all children! This story shows how our different skin tones make us unique, special, and one of a kind.
by Matthew A. Cherry
This heartwarming story tells the tale of a father and daughter. It celebrates the beauty of natural hair, self-love, and empowering families.
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