February is Black History Month! Learn and celebrate by reading these books about black leaders in history for kids.
Books About Black Leaders in History for Kids
Ruby Bridges was the first African-American child to integrate a New Orleans school. Hear the story from Ruby herself in Ruby Bridges Goes to School.
Audrey Faye Hendricks
Nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks is the youngest known child to be arrested for civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. The Youngest Marcher tells her story – and reminds us all that you are never too young to make a difference.
Moses: When Harriett Led Her People to Freedom combines poetry with vibrant illustrations to bring Tubman’s strength, humility, and devotion to life.
Discover former slave turned abolitionist and women’s rights activities Sojourner Truth in her own words through the book My Name Is Truth.
Photographer Gordon Parks used photography to raise awareness of racism in the United States.
Martin Luther King
I Have a Dream is a beautiful illustrated version of Dr. King’s famous speech.
Gorgeous photos document the many ways former First Lady of the United States led during her White House tenure in Reach Higher.
Harlem’s Little Blackbird tells the story of Florence Mills. Besides singing beautifully, Mills worked hard to promote equal rights and sought to support and promote her fellow black artists.
More Black History Month Resources
I’ve been blogging about Black History Month resources for a few years now. Here are some more suggestions:
- Black History Month Facts – with a printable timeline
- How to Use Stories to Teach Children Black History
- Black History Month Books to Read
- Picture Books for Black History Month – Mama Smiles edition
- Picture Books for Black History Month – this site’s edition
Black History Month Blog Hop
Welcome to our fifth annual Black History Month Blog Hop, where together we explore the rich history and cultures of Africa and the African diaspora.
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What picture books would you add to this list?