Diversify Your Home Library: Black History Children's Books

Our family celebrates our heritage 365 days a year, but we go all out for Black History month (and Juneteenth). We have collected some amazing books over the years, many that were purchased and some gifted by loved ones. Each title holds a special place in our hearts and have sparked plenty of conversations- some full of love and light, and some filled with sadness. Learning the truth of our history is both liberating and heartbreaking, but necessary.


One of the best things about this list of books, is each one can be read anytime throughout the year and not just during Black History month. Several are classics that are a joy to read everyday!



Board Books for Baby


Please Baby Please by Spike Lee


Whose Toes are Those by Jabari Asim


Hey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins


Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora


Dream Big Little One by Vashti Harrison


A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara


Follow Your Dreams Little One By Vashti Harrison


Whose Knees Are These by Jabari Asim



Picture Books


The ABC's of Black History by Rio Cortez


Young Gifted and Black by Jamia Wilson


The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah Jones and Renee Watson


Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine


Before She Was Harriet by Lesa-Cline Ransome


Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkins


Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Bake You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis by Robbin Gourley


The Great Migration: An American Story by Jacob Lawrence


The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford


Nina: A Story of Nina Simone by Traci N. Todd


Change Sings: A Children's Anthem by Amanda Gorman


Chapter, Graphic Novels, Activity, and Poetry Books (books that have * should be reviewed by parents as it may have sensitive content/ language that will open up real discussions).


Dr. Wangari Maathai Plants a Forest by Rebel Girls


Madame C.J. Walker Builds a Business by Rebel Girls


One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes


Langston Hughes: Poetry for Young People by Arnold Rampersad


*This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewel


*This Book is Anti-Racist Journal (companion to the book) by Tiffany Jewel


*March (Graphic Novel Series) by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin (this is the link for the trilogy set)



I hope you enjoy these book selections. Share some of your favorite titles in the comments below.


As always, love and live naturally.










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