Books we love for celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month is officially upon us, and we are so excited to bring this list of stories about African-American historical figures and cultural icons to you. From a beautifully-illustrated picture book about the history of hip-hop to a colorful, splashy alphabet book celebrating blackness, there’s something for every kid this February (and, let’s be honest, all year long). Happy reading!



By Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by Frank Morrison

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. Kids will be able to both learn about, and relate to, the cultural icons they know and love.



By Dee Romito, Illustrated by Laura Freeman

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!



By Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Why We Love It: This award-winning nonfiction picture book about a little-known piece of African-American history 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.



By Leda Schubert, Illustrated by Theodore Taylor III

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. Plus, the foreword is written by Misty Copeland, iconic black ballerina.



By Deborah Blumenthal, Illustrated by Laura Freeman

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. This title is perfect for the creative, imaginative kid.



By Vivian Kirkfield, Illustrated by Alleanna Harris

Why We Love It: This title tells the true story of a lesser-known famous kinship. As readers learn about the career trajectories of these two iconic entertainers, they will also learn what it means to face adversity, express empathy, and be a good friend.



Written and illustrated by Tiffany Rose

Why We Love It: This colorful alphabet book, illustrated by Tiffany Rose with rainbow-hued splashes throughout, teaches kids to love the skin they’re in.



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