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December 4, 2014

20 Children’s Books for Black History Month

Written By: Brandi Jordan
X Children's Books for Black History Month

Black History Month: 20 Children's Books Worth Reading

Start planning now for Black History Month with some amazing children’s books that are perfect to share with your elementary students.  While Black History Month doesn’t begin until February 1st, it runs the entirety of the month and offers teachers a great opportunity to discuss history.  The books below are sure to hold your students’ attention and give you an easy starting point for class discussion.

20 Children’s Books for Black History Month

  1. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
  2. Martin Luther King Jr. Day by Linda Lowery
  3. Martin’s Big Words:  The Life of Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport
  4. We March by Shane W. Evans
  5. Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
  6. Molly Bannaky by Alice McGill
  7. I Am Rosa Parks by Rosa Parks and James Haskins
  8. A Chair for My Mother by Vera Williams
  9. Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
  10. Something Beautiful by Sharon Wyeth
  11. Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson
  12. The Quilt by Ann Jonas
  13. Who Is Barack Obama? by Roberta Edwards
  14. Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold
  15. Jackie Robinson by Stephanie McPherson
  16. Harriet Tubman by Laurie Calkhoven
  17. Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
  18. The Beatitudes by Carole Boston Weatherford
  19. Freedom’s Fruit by William H. Hooks
  20. Dear Benjamin Banneker by Andrea Davis Pinkney


Create a literature study in your classroom library in February with the books above.  Display the books and write teasers about each.  You might also want to create video blurbs about each book and put them on an iPad for students to watch while they select their books.  Better yet, have students create the video blurbs as book report alternatives!


What are some of your favorite children’s books for Black History Month?  Share them with us below!

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