Black History Month: 10 Must-Read Kids Books
February is Black History Month and while we should NOT just celebrate it during the month of February, I did take the time to compile a list of 10 Must-Read Kid Books. I drive my kids crazy because I am always telling them to grab a book and read. When I was growing up we didn’t have all these electronics and we were lucky if we got any screen time during the week. I spent a lot of time reading, which is why I still can cuddle up with a good book and take a break from my phone and laptop. I hope my kids grow up and are able to do the same, but they prefer to read on their kindle fire vs picking up the actual book. I guess the beauty of the situation is…at least they are reading lol. Anywho, here is a list that I:
Hidden Figures the Young Readers Edition – The powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program.
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History – Featuring forty trailblazing black women in American history, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of breaking boundaries and achieving beyond expectations. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history.
Black Pioneers of Science and Invention – A readable, perceptive account of the lives of fourteen gifted innovators who have played important roles in scientific and industrial progress.
Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes – Showcasing the extraordinary Langston Hughes, it’s edited by two leading poetry experts and features gallery-quality art by Benny Andrews that adds rich dimension to the words. Hughes’s magnificent, powerful words still resonate today, and the anthologized poems in this splendid volume include his best-loved works.
Malcolm Little: The Boy who grew up to be Malcolm X – Malcolm X grew to be one of America’s most influential figures. But first, he was a boy named Malcolm Little. Written by his daughter, this inspiring picture book biography celebrates a vision of freedom and justice.
When God Made You – From early on, children are looking to discover their place in the world and longing to understand how their personalities, traits, and talents fit in. The assurance that they are deeply loved and a unique creation in our big universe is certain to help them spread their wings and fly.
National Geographic Readers: Martin Luther King, Jr. – National Geographic Readers are educational, high-interest, and comprehensive for children. In this title, readers will learn about the fascinating life and legacy civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Chocolate Me – The boy is teased for looking different than the other kids. His skin is darker, his hair curlier. He tells his mother he wishes he could be more like everyone else. And she helps him to see how beautiful he really, truly is.
What Color Is My World?: The Lost History Of African-American Inventors – Did you know that James West invented the microphone in your cell phone? That Fred Jones invented the refrigerated truck that makes supermarkets possible? Or that Dr. Percy Julian synthesized cortisone from soy, easing untold people’s pain?
Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges – On November 14, 1960, a tiny six-year-old black child, surrounded by federal marshals, walked through a mob of screaming segregationists and into her school. From where she sat in the office, Ruby Bridges could see parents marching through the halls and taking their children out of classrooms. The next day, Ruby walked through the angry mob once again and into a school where she saw no other students. The white children did not go to school that day.
While these are not ALL the books children should read, this is just a start. What books do you have on your list for Black History Month?