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
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 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.