It’s February. We know what that means! Black history month!!! A celebration of all the accomplishments that were made and continue to be made on racism.
Get it together guys!
It’s ALWAYS time to teach your kids about these types of things and with everyone celebrating, start teaching!
This is a list of books for kids of all ages, teaching them about black history and people in black history.
And.. of course, how incredibly important they were and still are!
- The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist
- This book is recommended for kids age 5-10. Did you know that Audrey Faye Hendricks was the youngest child to be arrested in protests then? YES. Nine years old! What does this show our kids? Well, the description of the book says it all, “this moving picture book that proves you’re never too little to make a difference.” Complete with animated pictures to help tell the story. A must have on every kids bookshelf.
- Rosa Parks (Little People, Big Dreams)
- Age: 4-8. This is another animated book but this one features Rosa Parks, ‘The Mother of the Freedom Movement’. Who better to learn from than the woman who was named the mother of the movement.
- I am Jackie Robinson (Ordinary People Change The World)
- Age: 5-8. Imagine being amazing at something and not being able to do it. Jackie Robinson did just that. However, he worked and fought and ended up being the ‘first black player in Major League Baseball’. And not only am I a fan of baseball, I LOVE when people fight for what they want, even in the worst of circumstances.
- Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Age: 5-8. A must have when it comes to the subject of activists, rights movements and black history. Doreen Rappaport tells his story in a way kids can understand.
- A Girl Named Rosa: The True Story of Rosa Parks (American Girl: A Girl Named)
- Age: 7-10. This is another Rosa Parks book but it’s geared for older kids. Telling her story, persistence and bravery.
- Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?
- Age: 8-10. This is another Martin Luther King, Jr. book geared towards the older kids. Amazing story and a bestseller.
- Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
- Age: 8-11. Wow. This book is aged for the kids but as an adult, I love reading it. It’s amazing, it’s not only about black history but women in black history. Forty women to be exact. Who have done amazing and beautiful things. If you only get one book from this set, grab this one.
- The Story Of Ruby Bridges: Special Anniversary Edition
- Age: 4-8. Do you know who Ruby Bridges is? A 6 year old who changed history. The first African American to attend an all white school for first grade. Please tell me you’ve taught your kids about segregation? No? This book is a great one to start the discussion.
- A is for Activist
- Age: 2-7. This is a board book that goes through the alphabet based on the history. It has black history, civil rights, LGBT, etc. Beautifully made and beautifully written, a good one for kids of any age.
- Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards))
- Age: 6-9. The title says it all. Separation is never equal. Ever. It can be said for more than just black history and separation. Great book for any child, any age, in my opinion.
I am an educator. I celebrate black history month by educating.
How do you celebrate black history month?
Have you read these books?
What do you think?
Do you have others to suggest?
Let me know in the comments below!