Black History Month is officially upon us, and we are so excited to bring this list to you! Our friends, readers, and social media followers are always asking for diverse picture book recommendations, so today we’re rounding up our favorite picture books that feature stories about African-American historical figures and cultural icons. Happy reading!
Why We Love It: Kids will learn how rap and hip-hop evolved from folktales, spirituals, and poetry into the culture of graffiti art and breakdancing that gave birth to the chart-topping musical artists we know today.
Why We Love It: This picture book highlights a hidden figure of the civil rights movement who fueled the bus boycotts and demonstrated that one person can make a real change in her community and beyond. It also includes one of her delicious recipes for kids to try with the help of their parents!
Why We Love It: This is a poetic nonfiction picture book about a little-known piece of African-American history that captures a human’s capacity to find hope and joy in difficult circumstances and demonstrates how New Orleans’ Congo Square was truly freedom’s heart.
Why We Love It: This beautiful picture book tells the story of Raven Wilkinson, the first African-American woman to dance for a major classical ballet company and an inspiration to Misty Copeland.
Why We Love It: Young readers will be inspired by creative visionary Ann Cole Lowe, who persevered throughout long periods of hardship and rose to become a top fashion designer.