Black History Month: Books for Kids
February is Black History Month. While I am not African American, I firmly believe that it is really important to learn about African American history and culture. It’s not “Black” history; it is American history– period. You can’t talk about our nation’s history without talking about slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, segregation and so many other things that may not be pretty to talk about but that happened, and they affected millions of our nations’ citizens.
Everyone should learn about these events– for learning about it I’m sure would shed light on many of the racial issues we are experiencing in the United States today. We must recognize that this is part of our nation’s truth.
I think it is not enough to let schools “teach” these things, it is important to have conversations with our children. Books are a great way to get conversations started.
Here are some books to help start that conversation.
Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins (4-8 years)
Learn all about doctors, astronauts and inventors. (ages 10 and up)
My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr. Easy to read, great for preschool kids. (ages 3-6)
Great Speeches by African Americans (for older children, 12+ )
I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes (ages 4-8)
I love the “Who Was..?” series. (Some are available in Spanish as well!) Check out these books celebrating accomplished African Americans (The series is recommended for ages 8-12)
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