Celebrating Black History Through Children’s Books


Books provide us with a beautiful vehicle to journey through time and learn through the experiences of others. During February, we celebrate Black History Month and spotlight the contributions made to society by many Black trailblazers and visionaries.

I am sharing some of my family’s favorite books below. Hopefully, reading and exploring some of these beautifully illustrated books with your children will open up the opportunity for many wonderful conversations.

Ages 4-8 Years

“Trombone Shorty” by Troy Andrews  (Recommended Age: 4-8 years)

“Mae Among the Stars” by Roda Ahmed (Recommended Age: 4-8 years)

“This Jazz Man” by Karen Ehrhardt (Recommended Age: 4-7 years)

“Human Computer: Mary Jackson, Engineer” by Andi Diehn  (Recommended Age: 5-8 years)

“Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis” by Jabari Asim (Recommended Age: 5-8 years)

“Firebird” by Misty Copeland (Recommended Age: 5-8 years)

“Have You Thanked An Inventor Today?” by Patrice McLaurin (Recommended Age: 5-12 years)

Ages 6-9 Years

“The Undefeated” by Kwame Alexander (Recommended Age: 6-9 years)

“Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters” by Andrea Davis Pinkney (Recommended Age: 6-9 years)

“Let the Children March” by Monica Clark-Robinson et al. (Recommended Age: 6-9 years)

“28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World” by Charles R. Smith Jr.  (Recommended Age: 6-10 years)

Ages 7-12 Years

“If You Were a Kid During the Civil Rights Movement” by Gwendolyn Hooks (Recommended Age: 7-9 years)

“Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History” by Vashti Harrison (Recommended Age: 8-12 years)

“Bedtime Inspirational Stories: 50 Amazing Black People Who Changed the World” by L. A. Amber (Recommended Age: 8-12 years)

“Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas” by Gwendolyn Hooks (Recommended Age: 7-12 years)

“Child of the Dream:  A Memoir of 1963” by Sharon Robinson  (Recommended Age: 8-12 years)

“Portraits of African-American Heroes” by Tonya Bolden  (Recommended Age: 8-12 years)

“Strong Inside (Young Readers Edition): The True Story of How Perry Wallace Broke College Basketball’s Color Line” by Andrew Maraniss  (Recommended Age: 10-12 years)

Ages 12 and Older

“The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks:  Young Readers Edition (ReVisioning History for Young People)” by Brandy Colbert (Recommended Age: 12-17 years)

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot  (Recommended Age: 15+)

Do you have any favorite books to add to this list?

Please share them with us!

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