Five Children’s Books to Read for Black History Month

February is Black History Month and a time to celebrate our country’s diversity and the contributions of black Americans throughout history. Books are an excellent way to teach young children about culture and history. Reading books about other times, places, and races develops cultural awareness and empathy.

1. The ABCs of Black History

This beautifully illustrated children’s book depicts important movements and people in the world and American Black history. The rhyming text helps solidify literacy concepts for your little one. In the back of the book, you’ll find bonus material, including important background information on the events and people mentioned in the book.

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2. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Little Leader books are a superb series for introducing your children to important people throughout history. Bold Women in Black History provides young girls with inspirational female role models who have changed the course of history.

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3. Mae Among the Stars

Mae Among the Stars tells the story of Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel in space. Not only did Mae break racial barriers, but she burst through gender ones, too! Beautifully illustrated, it is an inspirational tale for young girls.

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4. Henry’s Freedom Box

This award-winning Black History Month book tells a story about the Underground Railroad. Remarkable yet true, Henry’s Freedom Box is the true story of one man’s escape from slavery to freedom in the North.

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5. Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street is a timeless classic and an excellent addition to a child’s bookshelf. It is a fictional account of a young boy’s journey home through the city, riding the bus with his Grandma. When he doesn’t understand why he doesn’t have the same things as others, his grandmother helps him see the beauty and love in his life.

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Check out the resources below to learn more about Black History Month and ways to teach your child about the struggle and contributions of people of color.

By L. Elizabeth Forry, February 9th, 2024

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L. Elizabeth Forry 

L. Elizabeth Forry is an Early Childhood Educator with fifteen years of classroom teaching experience. She earned a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from The University of North Dakota and has a Bachelor of Arts in English and one in Music from Lebanon Valley College. She has taught children in Japan, Washington D.C., Chicago, and suburban Maryland. She is trained as a reading therapist, has a TEFL certification, and has done extensive work with children regarding mental health, social-emotional development, gender development. She has written curriculum for children and educators and has led training sessions for parents and educators on various topics on early childhood development. She is the mother of two boys and resides outside of Annapolis, Maryland.

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