Black History Month Books for Kids

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One of the best ways to celebrate Black History Month with your kids is through books, especially those written by Black authors. Check out these must-read titles to add to your reader's home library and pick up a copy at your favorite local bookstore.
Black History Month Books for Kids

 

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

Written by Katherine Russel-Brown, illustrated by Frank Morrison

Ages 6-9

Brimming with ebullience and the joy of making music, Little Melba and Her Big Trombone is a fitting tribute to a trailblazing musician and a great unsung hero of jazz.

28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World

Written by Charles R. Smith Jr., illustrated by Shane W. Evans

Ages 6-10

With powerful illustrations, this book is a completely unique look at the importance and influence of African Americans on the history of this country.

Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America

Written by Carol Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Jamey Christoph

Ages 4-8

Told through lyrical verse and atmospheric art, this is the story of how, with a single photograph, a self-taught artist got America to take notice.

This is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration

Written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by James Ransome

Ages 5-8

During the time of the Great Migration, millions of African American families relocated from the South, seeking better opportunities. The story of one family’s journey north during the Great Migration starts with a little girl in South Carolina who finds a rope under a tree one summer. She has no idea the rope will become part of her family’s history.

Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis

Written by Jabari Asim, illustrated by E.B. Lewis

Ages 5-8

This book gives readers a fascinating glimpse into the boyhood of Civil Rights leader John Lewis.

Let the Children March

Written by Monica Clark-Robinson, illustrated by Frank Morrison

Ages 6-9

In 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, thousands of African American children volunteered to march for their civil rights after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak. They protested the laws that kept Black people separate from white people. Facing fear, hate, and danger, these children used their voices to change the world.

A Chair for My Mother

Written and illustrated by Vera B. Williams

Ages 4-8

After their home is destroyed by a fire, Rosa, her mother, and grandmother save their coins to buy a really comfortable chair for all to enjoy. 

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

Written by Margot Lee Shetterly, illustrated by Laura Freeman

Ages 4-8

This beautifully illustrated picture book explores the story of four female African American mathematicians at NASA, known as "colored computers," and how they overcame gender and racial barriers to succeed in a highly challenging STEM-based career.

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom

Written by Carol Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Ages 4-8

This award-winning book offers a resounding, reverent tribute to Harriet Tubman, the woman who earned the name Moses for her heroic role in the Underground Railroad.

The Story of Ruby Bridges

Written by Robert Coles, illustrated by George Ford

Ages 4-8

Ruby's story of courage, faith, and hope continues to resonate more than 60 years later.

She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story

Written by Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Don Tate

Ages 4-8

Effa always loved baseball. As a young woman, she would go to Yankee Stadium just to see Babe Ruth’s mighty swing. But she never dreamed she would someday own a baseball team. Or be the first—and only—woman ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Grandaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box

Written by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein, illustrated by James E. Ransome

Ages 6-9

Based on the true story of one family’s struggle for voting rights in the civil rights–era South, this moving tale shines an emotional spotlight on a dark facet of U.S. history.

Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad

Written by Ellen Levine, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Ages 4-8

A stirring, dramatic story of an enslaved boy who mails himself to freedom.