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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.