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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 20 Important Lessons to Teach Our Kids About Black History Month – Mom.com
- Black History Month – National Geographic Kids
- Black History Month – PBS Kids for Parents
By L. Elizabeth Forry, February 9th, 2024