Friday, February 12, 2016

Black History Month Children's Books

To celebrate Black History Month this year I've compiled a list of children's book to read throughout this month. Some of these books we own, others we checked out at our local library.  Below you'll read about the underground railroad, a march during the Civil Rights Movement, and a mule at Gee's Bend, the biography of Sun Ra, a beautiful and touching story of a slave family, an empowering book for girls, and the story of a little girl, and her new shoes. 


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Age Range: 5 - 8 years

A sweet story of a mule in Gee's Bend, Alabama  who played a played a key role in the civil rights movement-- and a young boy who sees history anew.

Age Range: 6 - 9 years

A simple act of not being able to try on shoes in a store during the segregation era inspires a young girl, and her friend to have their own shoe sale by washing, and restoring shoes; and welcoming everyone to try on all the shoes they wanted. 

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Age Range: 3 - 7 years

A telling story of the journey through the underground railroad  told by Cassie, who soars into the sky with her brother Be Be. They meet a train full of people, and Be Be joins them. But the train departs before Cassie can climb aboard. With Harriet Tubman as her guide, Cassie retraces the steps escaping slaves took on the real Underground Railroad and is finally reunited with her brother at the story's end. 

Age Range: 4 - 8 years 

The story of a family who silently crawls along the ground running barefoot through unlit woods, sleep beneath bushes, take shelter in a kind stranger's home. They are heading for freedom by way of the Underground Railroad.

Age Range: 6 - 9 years

This is the story of Jazz musician Sun Ra (1914–1993).  Sun Ra said that music is what holds us all together. 

Age Range: 5 - 10 years

A young girl taken away from her Africa home describes the pain of being kidnapped, made to march while chained, and taken to America to be sold at an auction, she undergoes the brutalities of slavery.

Age Range: 4 - 8 years

A simple yet powerful book on the march taken place on August 28, 1963.  Beginning with the march at the Washington Monument and ended with a rally at the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech, advocating racial harmony.




An empowering book on strong, and courageous Black women today. 



For more post on my blog on Black History Month make sure you read African-American Poetry for Kids, an African Exhibit, and Folktale, a review on Rosa Parks, and The Color of Us; and lastly a Black History Month in Spanish.  

This post is part of the Multicultural Kid Blogs Black History Month Series.  So make sure to scroll all the way down to participate in the awesome giveaway!  Sorry it's over! 


Welcome to our third annual Black History Month series and giveaway! Follow along all month long as we explore the rich history and cultures of Africa and African-Americans. Be sure to enter our giveaway below and link up your own posts at the bottom of the page.





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