I love Black History Month. I remember being moved by it as a young child, not fully understanding, but feeling the weight of it. We cannot underestimate the significance of living this paradox before our children’s eyes: we can grieve the past and present injustices while celebrating and memorializing the overcomers, their lives and their victories.
Below is a list of top picks to read with your children throughout the month of February.
- Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
- Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport
- Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz with Renee Watson
- The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
- I am Rosa Parks (Ordinary People Change the World) by Brad Meltzer
- Bedtime Inspirational Stories: 50 Amazing Black People Who Changed the World by L.A. Amber (Kindle Edition so you could start reading tonight!)
- I Am Enough by Grace Byers
- Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti by Gerald McDermott
- Bright Eyes, Brown Skin by Cheryl Hudson
- The Dream Keeper and Other Poems by Langston Hughes
- Obama: The Boy Who Would Grow Up To Be: President Barak Obama by A.D. Largie
- I Love My Hair! by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
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