10 Children’s Books to Read as a Family for Black History Month

Black History Month is celebrated in the United States and Canada every February. The Netherlands, Ireland, and the United Kingdom celebrate Black History Month in October. While it’s important to talk about it throughout the year, this month honors the dynamic history and contributions of Black Americans and Canadians.

By the way, there are many ways to celebrate Black History Month as a family, regardless of one’s culture or background. Reading books is a great way for children to learn about our history, develop empathy and understanding of powerful issues, and celebrate the beauty of diversity.

Dynamic stories of historical heroes

Dream Big, Little One (Dream big, little one)

Por Vashti Harrison

Discover the stories of women who changed the world. Read the stories of 18 amazing black women who did extraordinary things – from ballet dancers to rocket scientists!

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans (Heart and Soul: American and African American History)

por Kadir Nelson

Heart and soul children's book

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, pain, perseverance, and triumph.

We March (we leave)

por Shane W. Evans

we march children's book

This book tells the story of the day Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Illustrations on each page show children what life was like for a black family at this time in history.

Tar Beach (Asphalt beach)

por Faith Ringgold

asphalt beach children's book

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, New York and towards the stars.

The ABCs of Black History (The alphabet of black history)

by Rio Cortez

black history alphabet book

Celebrate the beauty of diversity

Magnolia Flower (Flor magnolia)

by Zora Neale Hurston and Ibram X. Kendi

magnolia flower book

Explore what it means to follow your heart and act boldly. This beautifully illustrated book focuses on the history of slavery and the Trail of Tears through the story of a young and energetic girl.

I Am Enough (I’m enough)

por Grace Byers

book i am enough

This story teaches children to be self-confident, self-love and to be kind to others. Children will be drawn to the beautiful imagery and influential tale of the power of purpose and faith.

The Year We Learned to Fly (The year we learned to fly)

por Jacqueline Woodson

the year we learned to fly

Does your little one have a lot of imagination? This children’s book tells the story of two brothers who follow their grandmother’s advice and overcome their “boredom”. In addition, it touches on themes of strength, resistance and construction of a better world for others.

Skin Like Mine (Skin like mine)

by LaTashia Perry

skin like mine book

Celebrate the diversity and beauty of all children! This story shows how our different skin tones make us unique and special.

Hair love (love of hair)

por Matthew A. Cherry

hair love book

This moving story tells the story of a father and his daughter. Plus, it celebrates the beauty of natural hair, self-love, and the empowerment of families.

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