Black History Month: Check Out 15 of My Favorite Children’s Books! by Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

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Black History Month: Check Out 15 of My Favorite Children’s Books!

Looking for ways to educate your kids about Black History Month? Look no further than your local library! Here is a list of 15 great books to get you started.

When Harriet Met Sojourner by Catherine Clinton
When Harriet Met Sojourner by Catherine Clinton $17
Harriet Tubman: brave pioneer who led her fellow slaves to freedom, larger than life ... yearning to be free. Sojourner Truth: strong woman who spoke up for African American rights, tall as a tree ... yearning to be free. One day in 1864, the lives of these two women came together.
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles $5
The year is 1960, and 6-year-old Ruby Bridges and her family have recently moved from Mississippi to New Orleans in search of a better life. When a judge orders Ruby to attend first grade at William Frantz Elementary, an all-white school, Ruby must face angry mobs of parents who refuse to send their children to school with her.
Sweet Clara & the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson
Sweet Clara & the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson $7
As a seamstress in the Big House, Clara dreams of a reunion with her Momma, who lives on another plantation - and even of running away to freedom. Then she overhears two slaves talking about the Underground Railroad.
Bright Eyes, Brown Skin by Cheryl Willis Hudson & Bernette G. Ford
Bright Eyes, Brown Skin by Cheryl Willis Hudson & Bernette G. Ford $3
Teaches kids of all skin tones about the beauty within us.
I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. & Kadir Nelson
I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. & Kadir Nelson $14
The themes of equality and freedom for all are not only relevant today, 50 years later, but also provide young readers with an important introduction to our nation's past. Included with the book is an audio CD of the speech.
Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story From the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine
Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story From the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine $14
A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist.
I Am Jackie Robinson by Brad Meltzer
I Am Jackie Robinson by Brad Meltzer $10
Jackie Robinson always loved sports, especially baseball, but he lived at a time before the Civil Rights Movement, when the rules weren't fair to African Americans. Even though Jackie was a great athlete, he wasn't allowed on the best teams just because of the color of his skin.
Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History by Walter Dean Myers
Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History by Walter Dean Myers $12
An inspiring journey through the life of Frederick Douglass. He was a self-educated slave in the South who grew up to become an icon.
Skit Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald by Roxane Orgill
Skit Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald by Roxane Orgill $15
A swinging bio of young Ella Fitzgerald, who pushed through the toughest of times to become one of America’s most beloved jazz singers.
If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks by Faith Ringgold
If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks by Faith Ringgold $7
If a bus could talk, it would tell the story of a young African-American girl named Rosa who had to walk miles to her one-room schoolhouse in Alabama while white children rode to their school in a bus.
Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony & Frederick Douglass by Dean Robbins
Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony & Frederick Douglass by Dean Robbins $13
Two friends, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, get together for tea and conversation. They recount their similar stories fighting to win rights for women and African Americans.
A Kid’s Guide to African American History: More Than 70 Activities by Nancy I. Sanders
A Kid’s Guide to African American History: More Than 70 Activities by Nancy I. Sanders $13
What do all these people have in common: the first man to die in the American Revolution, a onetime chief of the Crow Nation, the inventors of peanut butter and the portable X-ray machine, and the first person to make a wooden clock in this country? They were all great African Americans.
Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton & Raul Colon
Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton & Raul Colon $7
In this Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year, Paula Young Shelton, daughter of Civil Rights activist Andrew Young, brings a child’s unique perspective to an important chapter in America’s history.
Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth & Chris K. Soentpiet
Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth & Chris K. Soentpiet $8
Every day a young girl is disheartened by the things in her neighborhood: the trash on the streets, the graffiti on the walls and the homeless woman who sleeps in a box. When she learns the word "beautiful" at school, she sets out to find "something beautiful" in her surroundings.
She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story by Audrey Vernick
She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story by Audrey Vernick
Effa always loved baseball. As a young woman, she would go to Yankee Stadium just to see Babe Ruth’s mighty swing, but she never dreamed she would someday own a baseball team. Or be the first - and only - woman ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Fantastic list for parents to share with kids. Thank you for all the research and recos, Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead!

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