Children’s Books for Black History Month

15 Feb

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There are so many talented African American authors and illustrators, there are also authors and illustrators of different races portraying black characters in their stories.  These are just a few books to highlight during Black History Month and is by no means a complete list of books that I would recommend (I only had so much space!)  If you’re looking for other suggestions, check out the Coretta Scott King Book Awards and The Brown Bookshelf among many other bloggers and organizations that promote diverse literature.

  1. Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee
  2. The Princess and the Pea by Rachel Isadora
  3. Keena Ford and the Second Grade Mix-Up by Melissa Thomson
  4. Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn
  5. Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
  6. The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
  7. Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel by Nikki Grimes
  8. Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale
  9. The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis
  10. Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickels by Tanya Lee Stone
  11. Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport
  12. We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson
  13. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  14. Juba! by Walter Dean Myers
  15. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
  16. P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia

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