American History is a bit of a passion of mine. For the last two years, we have studied American History in-depth. During Black History Month, we add a different picture book each day about African-Americans who changed history. These are some of our favorite Black History month picture books.
Check out this great list of picture books for #BlackHistoryMonth #ihsnet #homeschool
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr is a multiple award-winning book tells the story of Martin Luther King, Jr using his own quotes.
Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad
by Ellen Levine, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
Prepare yourself for some tears. This book tells the true story of Henry Brown from a small boy to a grown man.
Henry's Freedom Box is a fascinating and inspiring story.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Picture Book Edition
by Bryan Mealer (Author), William Kamkwamba (Author)
William Kamkwamba tells his story of how he educated himself and saved his community by building a windmill that harnessed the power of the wind and created electricity.
Read the picture book version of the Netflix movie, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, and learn the power of reading.
by Misty Copeland, Christopher Myers (Illustrations)
This inspirational poem is written by Misty Copeland, the first African-American principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater. Firebird is great for the ballerina in the family!
Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America
by Carole Boston Weatherford, Jamey Christoph (Illustrations)
This is the true story of a boy born to poverty who becomes a photographer who captured America on film during Segregation. Learn the story of Gordon Parks in this picture book about pictures.
The Story of Ruby Bridges
by Robert Coles
The Story of Ruby Bridges, the 1st grader who faced discrimination when a judge ordered her to attend a formerly whites-only school, is beautifully illustrated.
Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass
by Dean Robbins
Two Friends imagines what an afternoon tea would be like with freedom fighters, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass.
Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills
by Renée Watson, Christian Robinson (Illustrations)
Florence Mills is a little-known vocal artist who chose her convictions over fame. Read her story in Harlem's Little Blackbird.
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
by Langston Hughes, E.B. Lewis (Illustrator)
Langston Hughes wrote this poem, The Negro Speaks of Rivers, about life as an African-American growing up in the early 20th century when he was still a teenager.
by Deborah Wiles, Jerome Lagarrigue (Illustrator)
This story is about two best friends growing up together in a racially divided America in the 1960s.
Freedom Summer highlights the differences in freedoms for the boys of two different races.
Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins
by Carole Boston Weatherford, Jerome Lagarrigue (Illustrations)
Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride
by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)
Step-Stomp Stride is the story of Sojourner Truth, an escaped slave who spent her life fighting for the rights of African-Americans and women.
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Hi, I’m Dachelle. I’m a homeschooling mom of 3 in the South. I love chocolate and have been known to hide it from my children. I can often be found reading a good book (or even sometimes just an okay book) and enjoying a jar of Nutella — don’t judge. I blog, here, at HideTheChocolate.com when I’m not creating book clubs and making lists…lots and lots of lists (it’s an addiction). Learn more…
Mother of 3 says
Wonderful book suggestions!
Debbie Kitterman says
Dachelle – I am blessed to be your neighbor at #LMM .. I enjoyed reading through your book suggestions. I don’t have small children at home, but I loved some of the books you chose to be on your list. Keep up the good work. Thanks
Heidi Ciravola says
So excited about this list! There a bunch here that I had not heard of!
I’m glad there are some new ones for you.
Brandi Raae says
Looks like a great list! Thanks for linking up with Literacy Musing Mondays.
Great list of books!!!
Susan Evans says
How wonderful to find such a great reading list for Black history!