Black History month is such a beautiful opportunity to start the conversation with our children about diversity and the journey of inclusion in our country! What better way to do this than finding an illustrated book shining a light on history’s heroes! I have included a list of favorite Black History Month stories checked out from the Brown County Library for our February “read aloud” books.
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1.) A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired A Nation by Barry Wittenstein
This book is a colorful adaptation of the events that led to Dr. King’s memorable speech during the March on Washington. The speech that truly inspired the nation and became a forefront in educating our children about the significance of peaceful leadership and unity. As a self-proclaimed history buff, I really enjoyed the accuracy of the details and introducing this topic to my daughters.
2.) Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Woman and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
After watching this movie a few years back I have loved learning about these four fabulous black women! This book was packed with so much information and includes a detailed timeline that shows the impact they had as “computers” on the space race. It also led to a good conversation about women in STEM careers and on Pinterest they have some really cool projects to do with kids related to their discoveries.
3.) The Youngest Marcher: The story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, A Young Civil Rights Activist By Cynthia Levinson
Audrey Faye Hendricks and the Children’s March of 1963 are an excellent example for our children that their voices are important and strong. Hendricks’ inspiring story leads us to understand that we can change the world no matter how young or old.
4.) I Am Rosa Parks by Brad Meltzer
Rosa has always been a woman I have looked up to as a child. I always admired her strength, and because of her persistent nature, she brought real change in her community. I was really excited to share her raw story with my daughters. This book told her story in a way that allowed them to understand the ugliness of segregation and how important the Civil Rights Movement is to this day. We can all look up to her as a beacon of change and educate ourselves to never forget her powerful story.
5.) Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed The World By Susan Hood
I was surprised how many of these stories were so new to me! A wonderful compilation of powerful women in history from all walks of life. It was so much fun to sit down and see how far we have come in the fight for inclusion in regards to race and gender norms.
6.) I Am Enough By Grace Byers
One of my favorite books on this list! A powerful and well-written book focusing on the beauty of diversity in our communities. I really enjoyed reading this to my daughters because it shows them that we are all capable of loving one another despite our differences.
I hope these books bring insight, bring a tender moment with your kids, and allow room for engaging conversation! May we all learn something new during Black History Month to honor and respect the stories of the many Black women and men who paved the road for equality.