Black History Month is a celebration of Black history and culture, and all the incredible accomplishments the African American community has achieved. Throughout elementary school, most children learn about social justice activists such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. These influential figures are so important to our history, but there are many other African Americans who broke down barriers and made a difference throughout history. We’ve gathered up the best children’s books for Black History Month to help you teach your little ones all about Black History and the important role it plays in our society today.
Malcolm Little: The boy Who Grew Up To Become Malcom X
The story of Malcolm X’s childhood is an amazing one that helps children learn individuality and resilience, while gaining knowledge on a strong civil rights movement leader. This inspiring book tells the story of a young Malcolm X, and how he grew to be the influential figure we know him as today. What makes this story even more special, is that it is written by none other than Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X’s daughter.
The ABC’s of Black History
Perfect for younger children, this book is a journey through African American history and culture. Filled with iconic figures such as Zora Neale Hurston and Ruby Bridges, and important moments like the Great Migration, this book is a perfect way to teach your little one all about African American history in a fun and engaging way!
Henry’s Freedom Box
This book, written by Ellen Levine, tells the story of a young boy, Henry Brown, who mails himself to freedom after his family is sold into slavery. The powerful and dramatic tale puts the small things, such as birthdays, that families in slavery missed out on, into perspective. This story is especially impactful, as the illustrations make the reader feel as though they are right there with Henry as he embarks on his journey to freedom. This book is filled with historical facts, giving little ones a real picture of slavery and its impact on Black families.
This book series tells the stories of inspiring people throughout history. The “Exceptional Men in Black History” edition discusses important figures ranging from artists, athletes and pop stars to aviators, activists and politicians. The “Bold Women in Black History” includes iconic, well-known figures, as well as lesser known, everyday women who made a difference. Both books are beautifully illustrated, and perfect for children of any age.
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People To Freedom
Harriet Tubman is perhaps one of the most well-known, and most inspiring women in African American history. This award-winning book, written by Carole Boston Weatherford, takes children along on Harriet Tubman’s courageous and spiritual journey through the Underground Railroad, which earned her the nickname “Moses.” This book is also filled with powerful illustrations by bestselling artist Kadir Nelson, that really help pull the story together.
The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne
As the only Black female journalist during her time, Ethel L. Payne broke down barriers and paved the way for those who came after her. She was never afraid to ask the difficult questions, and bring light to the issues that mattered. This is an amazing story that helps children see what following your passions and standing up for what you believe is right can really do.
These books inspire and educate our children, and should not only be read during Black History Month, but all year long. At Doona, we strive to make parenting easier, for families of all colors, backgrounds and circumstances — that’s why we create safe, useful and functional baby strollers, trikes, accessories and more.