Must-read books to celebrate Black History Month
Black History Month is a time to celebrate and recognize the significant contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout history. It's also an opportunity to educate young children about their heritage and culture. Books can be great tools for learning, and there are many books for toddlers that celebrate black history in a fun and engaging way. Grab a cozy nook and check out our favorites below:
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
This beautiful picture book tells the story of a father who takes care of his daughter's hair, a task he never did before. The story celebrates the love between a parent and child and promotes self-love and confidence in young black girls. Through this simple and heartwarming story, "Hair Love" encourages children to embrace their unique qualities and appreciate the beauty of their own hair. This book is a powerful tool for promoting self-esteem and body positivity.
Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison
"Dream Big, Little One" is a celebration of black excellence and encourages children to follow their dreams. The book features illustrations of notable African American women, including Bessie Coleman, Josephine Baker, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, and more. Each includes a brief biography of one of the women, highlighting their accomplishments and contributions to society. The book inspires children to set their sights high and to believe in themselves and their abilities. Through its positive representation of black women, Dream Big, Little One promotes self-esteem and a sense of pride in one's heritage.
I Am Harriet Tubman by Brad Metlzer
A biography that provides an in-depth look at the life of the famous abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman, this picture book follows her journey from slavery to freedom. Through her role in the Underground Railroad and her commitment to advocating for the rights of African Americans, the book provides readers with a deeper understanding of the struggles and triumphs she experienced. As one of the fiercest figures in American history, Tubman inspires kids to aim high and dare to dream big.
We March by Shane W. Evans
"We March" is an uplifting and powerful tribute to the Civil Rights Movement and the people who fought for their equality and justice. The picture book combines vivid, colorful illustrations and impactful text to bring to life the events of the remarkable March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic “I Have A Dream” speech. This is a great introduction for young readers and inspires them to stand up for what they believe in and create an equal world.
Your Name Is A Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
Celebrating the beauty and power of African names, this story follows a young girl as she learns about the meanings and cultural significance of her own name and those of her ancestors. The story encourages children to be proud of their unique names, cultural roots and acknowledge the diversity that makes every person special. Every page is full of rhythm, sounds and full of color.
Mae Among The Stars by Roda Ahmed
“Mae Among The Stars” is an empowering bedtime read-aloud inspired by Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to go to space. Focused on the details of her career and accomplishments, it tells the story of young Mae and her dream of becoming an astronaut. The book is bursting with color and encourages kids to strive for their goals, even when faced with challenges, and to reach for the stars.
Our Skin by Megan Madison and Jessica Ralli
This picture book explores the diversity of skin color in a simple and accessible way, helping children to understand and appreciate the unique qualities of their own skin, as well as the skin of others. Featuring conversations about race, family diversity, identity terms, stereotypes, activism, and more, babies and toddlers can use this book to begin the conversation about race. A stepping stone on the path to understanding diversity, this board book is essential for any bookshelf.
These books are a great way to celebrate black history all year long and to educate young children about the contributions and accomplishments of African Americans throughout history. Whether it's learning about trailblazers like Harriet Tubman or understanding the importance of self-love and confidence, these books will inspire young readers to be proud of their heritage and to celebrate the diversity of the world around them. You can find all of our recommendations on Amazon.
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