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Black History Month Children's Books - Empower Dreams with Stories of Black Excellence


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Black History Month Children's Books - Empower Dreams with Stories of Black Excellence

As we usher in Black History Month, there's a unique buzz in the air – it's the perfect opportunity to embark on a vibrant journey with our little ones, exploring the rich and diverse tapestry of African American history and culture. Imagine their eyes lighting up as they flip through pages that mirror the resilience, creativity, and brilliance of Black heroes and heroines. These stories are more than just tales; they're beacons of inspiration, celebrating the legacy and achievements that shape our world today. So, grab a comfy spot, gather the kids, and get ready to dive into a collection of books that promise to educate, mesmerize, and inspire. Let's make this Black History Month a memorable adventure in learning and discovery, opening doors to conversations that enrich the minds and hearts of our children. Here's to nurturing the next generation of dreamers, thinkers, and leaders with the best Black History Month-featured books for children! Let's explore each one:



colorful book - The ABCs of Black History by Rio Cortez
The ABCs of Black History by Rio Cortez

The ABCs of Black History by Rio Cortez and Illustrated by Lauren Semmer

Imagine a book that dances through the alphabet of Black history and culture, where every letter tells a story of triumph, creativity, and love. "The ABCs of Black History" does just that, taking readers on a journey from A to Z, exploring big ideas, significant moments, and iconic figures. It's an ABC book, offering a story of hope and love. Beyond the rhymes, it's packed with information about the heroes and moments that shaped Black history, making it a treasure trove for curious minds. Check out the book.



Things Kids Should Know About Black History by Educational Parade

Black History Month is a time of celebration and learning, and this book is a perfect guide for kids to understand African Americans' monumental achievements and contributions. Through engaging stories and vivid illustrations, children will learn about heroes, moments, and movements that have made an indelible mark on our world, fostering a deeper appreciation for diversity and the fight for justice. Check out the book.




Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry and Illustrated by Vashti Harrison

It is a heartwarming story celebrating natural hair and the bond between fathers and daughters. "Hair Love" is an ode to self-love and family love, showcasing the beauty of acceptance and the joy of spending time together. It's a reminder that the simplest acts of care and love are the most powerful.







Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed and Illustrated by Stasia Burrington

Inspired by the life of Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel in space, this book is a testament to the power of dreams. It tells the story of Little Mae, who dreams of dancing among the stars. Her journey from dream to reality, supported by her parents' encouragement, is a powerful message for children to believe in themselves and work hard for their dreams. Check out the book.








When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner and Illustrated by David Catrow

Through playful rhyme and vibrant illustrations, "When God Made You" encourages children to discover their unique talents and how they fit into the world. It celebrates individuality and the divine love that makes each child unique. This book is a heartwarming reminder that everyone has a purpose and a place in the vast universe.




I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes and Illustrated by Gordon C. James

This picture book is an empowering anthem for Black boys, celebrating their strength, kindness, and resilience. Each page reminds readers of the goodness within themselves and the potential to achieve anything. It's a call to recognize and celebrate Black children's inherent worth and excellence. Check out the book here.









I Am Amazing! by Alissa Holder and Zulekha Holder-Young and illustrated by Nneka Myers

Following the inspiring Ayaan, this story teaches children the true essence of being a superhero. It's not about capes or superpowers; it's about helping others and standing tall in the face of doubt. Ayaan's journey reminds us that anyone can be a superhero through acts of kindness and courage. Check out the book here.







Additional Resources for Celebrating Black History with Children


A. Online Platforms and Libraries

  • African American Literature Book Club: An invaluable resource for discovering books by African American authors across genres and ages.

  • The Brown Bookshelf: This platform is dedicated to promoting the works of Black authors and illustrators. Their "28 Days Later" campaign during Black History Month highlights Black creators in children's and young adult literature.


B. Educational Websites

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture: Their website offers a wealth of digital resources, including virtual exhibits and educational materials that can complement the stories read in the featured books.

  • PBS Learning Media: Offers a variety of lesson plans, videos, and interactive materials focused on African American history and culture, suitable for all grade levels.


C. Apps and Interactive Tools


D. Community and Cultural Centers

  • Local libraries and community centers often host events and workshops during Black History Month. These can be great opportunities for children to engage with the history and culture in an interactive setting.


E. Documentaries and Films for Kids


Encouraging Ongoing Learning and Exploration

The journey through Black history shouldn't end with the turn of a page. Encourage kids to ask questions, seek more stories, and explore the lives and achievements of Black individuals beyond what's covered in these books and resources. Whether through art projects, writing assignments, or discussions, the aim is to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the diversity and richness of Black history and culture.


Remember, education is a powerful tool in building a more inclusive and understanding society. Introducing children to these stories and resources lays the groundwork for empathy, respect, and a lifelong love of learning.


Happy Exploring!



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