Happy Black History month! It’s February already…can you believe it? Time flies! I can’t believe our oldest daughter is in Kindergarten already. I’m sure her teacher will begin to teach the students about black history this month, but the hubs and I want to do some schooling of our own. Before she started school, we taught her about our culture and those that look like her that are important throughout the year. We were super excited to take her to the King Center in 2015 and that’s when the questions really began pouring in. She’s super smart and takes notice of everything so I’m sure with everything that is going on in the world today that she will have even more questions soon.
I want my daughters to know our history, be proud of the skin they are in, and know that they can do anything they put their minds to. I know that our many conversations and books like the ones in this list will definitely help with that. Books are an awesome way to help a child easily understand and help spark conversation. Here is a list of books to teach children about black history this month and throughout the year.
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Look What Brown Can Do! by T. Marie Harris
This book is perfect to show children that they can be anything they want to be. The book gives several examples of African Americans throughout history that have done exceptional things. The illustrations are awesome and it is a very inspirational read for children. I’m sure our daughter will have so many different things to add to the list of what she wants to be when she grows up.
I Love the Skin I’m In by Mayma Raphael
This book gives a great example of some of the questions kids have. People say that kids don’t see color, but they do become curious about color. This book is perfect to help with the conversation about skin color and to teach how to embrace the skin you’re in and love yourself. It’s such a positive read.
African American Legends for Little Learners by Marlena Nkene
This is a great book to begin to introduce children to black history. The illustrations are bright and beautiful. There are also flash cards in the book that can be cut out for some fun learning activities to help the child remember the African American legends they read about.
Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins
We are from North Carolina so this book is a must and it’s a true story! Greensboro, North Carolina was my home for a few years and I’m proud of the Greensboro Four. I’m happy to share this story with my children about four young men that took a stand for equal rights. It’s a good book to show how times were back then and how some things are similar in this day and age. It tells the story from a child’s perspective which makes it an easy read.
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
The story of Ruby Bridges is a powerful one. Ruby is 6 just like our oldest daughter so this will be of great interest to her. Kids will be amazed at all the little girl had to go through. This is a story of courage, faith, and hope. It’s all about how Ruby was the first black child to attend an all-white school back in 1960. True story.
Our Black Heritage Coloring Book by Carole Marsh
I had to throw a coloring book in the mix because my kids love to color! This is a fun way for children to learn while having fun at the same time creating wonderful masterpieces of outstanding African Americans. Each page has interesting facts about African American heroes from the past and present.
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson
This is another true story about Audrey Faye who was the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest. This book will give little ones insight on why people protest and how you’re never too young to make a difference. Beautiful illustrations and an easy read.
I hope you enjoyed this list and decide to check out some of these books with your children. Take a trip to your local library and see if the books are available there or purchase them by clicking the links or covers above. Happy reading and learning!
Do you have any other books that you would recommend to kids to learn Black History? Leave them in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you!