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10 Books That Celebrate Black History (For Kids)



February is Black History Month, a time for remembrance and celebration of the accomplishments of Black pioneers and trailblazers. Storytime is one of many ways to teach young children about Black history. Check out these 10 books to celebrate Black History this month.


1) Little Leaders Collection 3 Books Set

Vashti Harrison Little Leaders Collection 3 Books Set: Bold Women in Black History, Exceptional Men in Black History, Visionary Women Around the World. Did you know the treatment for leprosy was developed by a young scientist called Alice Ball? And Josephine Baker- world-famous cabaret singer and dancer- was also a spy for the French résistance? Did you know that the father of African cinema was originally a bricklayer? Or that Vogue's editor-at-large read his first Vogue magazine in his local library? Learn all about the exceptional black men and women who broke barriers and fought injustice to realize their dreams and make the world a better place.

2) Have You Thanked an Inventor Today?

Have You Thanked an Inventor Today? is a journey into the often forgotten contributions of African-American inventors, that contributed to the American landscape. It chronicles the school day of a little boy, highlighting different inventions that he uses throughout the day, all of which were invented by African-Americans. The book comes complete with brief biographies about each inventor as well as fun activities to promote and encourage reading comprehension.



3) The ABCs of Black History

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. B is for Beautiful, Brave, and Bright! And for a Book that takes a Bold journey through the alphabet of Black history and culture.

Letter by letter, The ABCs of Black History celebrates a story that spans continents and centuries, triumph and heartbreak, creativity and joy.


4) Black Leaders in the Civil Rights Movement: A Black History Book for Kids (Biographies for Kids)

The Civil Rights Movement was an organized effort by Black Americans to claim the fundamental rights that the U.S. government had denied them―even long after slavery had ended. This collection of biographies for kids explores 15 civil rights leaders and the extraordinary things they accomplished in the face of huge challenges. See how these men and women bravely stood up for what’s right and laid the foundation for future generations to live more freely and equally.


5) African Icons: Ten People Who Shaped History

Black history began long ago with the many cultures and people of the African continent. Through portraits of ten heroic figures, author Tracey Baptiste takes readers on a journey across Africa to meet some of the great leaders and thinkers whose vision built a continent and shaped the world.



6) Legendary African Queens: A Coloring Book For All Ages

This coloring book is a celebration of the amazing (and sometimes controversial) contributions of African queens throughout history. These queens fought wars, led armies, negotiated treaties, stood up for what they believed in, and more. Some of the queens are popular so you may have heard of them before, and some are lesser-known.




7) Before She Was Harriet

We know her today as Harriet Tubman, but in her lifetime she was called by many names. As General Tubman she was a Union spy. As Moses she led hundreds to freedom on the Underground Railroad. As Minty she was a slave whose spirit could not be broken. As Araminta she was a young girl whose father showed her the stars and the first steps on the path to freedom.


8) A Kid's Guide to African American History: More than 70 Activities (A Kid's Guide series)

What do all these people have in common: the first man to die in the American Revolution, a onetime chief of the Crow Nation, the inventors of peanut butter and the portable X-ray machine, and the first person to make a wooden clock in this country? They were all great African Americans. For parents and teachers interested in fostering cultural awareness among children of all races, this book includes more than 70 hands-on activities, songs, and games that teach kids about the people, experiences and events that shaped African American history. This expanded edition contains new material throughout, including additional information and biographies. Children will have fun designing an African mask, making a medallion like those worn by early abolitionists, playing the rhyming game "Juba," inventing Brer Rabbit riddles, and creating a unity cup for Kwanzaa. Along the way they will learn about inspiring African American artists, inventors, and heroes like Harriet Tubman, Benjamin Banneker, Rosa Parks, Langston Hughes, and Louis Armstrong, to name a few.


9) Black History Picture Book for Kids: 18 Inspiring Black Heroes to Read and Learn About

Specially crafted to teach children aged 3-6 about the incredible achievements of black people throughout history, this delightful picture book introduces them to black history in a fun and engaging way. With dozens of famous figures from across the world, this book helps parents and educators spark important conversations and help kids explore the world around them while cultivating an important message of diversity and tolerance.



10) Africa, Amazing Africa: Country by Country

Discover the exhilarating diversity of the African continent in storyteller Atinuke’s kaleidoscopic nonfiction guide to the people, flora, and fauna of all fifty-five countries.






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