The Best Children’s Books to Read for Black History Month

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By Courtney Ingalls

The Best Kids Books to Read During Black History Month

As we continue to celebrate Black History Month, it is important that kids start to learn more about black history and culture, and the best way to do that is through reading! Whether you are looking for early reader options or books for young adults, we have a list of some stories that are both a great read and educational.

Are you looking for more ways to celebrate Black History Month? Check out Black History Month 2022: Family-Friendly Activities In and Around NYC

Hair Love

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry Illustrated by Vashti Harrison

This New York Times Bestselling book teaches girls how to be self-confident while also celebrating the unique bond between a father and daughter. Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own but she loves her natural hair. When Zari’s Daddy steps in to style her hair for a special occasion, he learns how to make Zari and her hair happy. Ages 3-5.

Ruth and the Green Book

Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Gwen Strauss

Ruth is so excited to take a trip with the family in their new car, since back in the 1950’s many African Americans couldn’t afford one. During her adventure however, she realized that African Americans weren’t welcome in some towns. Although this story is fiction, this novel shows the struggles many African Americans faced during this time and how they were able to overcome it with the help of some friendly people. Ages 7-11

abc of black history

The ABCs of Black History by Rio Cortez

The ABC’s of Black History goes letter by letter celebrating some of the monumental moments and people within black history and culture. To teach your kids more about the information listed within the book, there is back matter included that goes into more detail regarding certain historic events,places, and people who were mentioned. Ages 5 and up

ruby bridges

The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles

This true story is about the famous Ruby Bridges and how in 1960, faced mobs of angry parents as she became the first African American student to attend an all white school in New Orleans. This story shows Ruby’s courage and faith first hand and continues to resonate with kids, and their parents, after all these years. Ages 4-8

For the full list of children’s books, visit NewYorkFamily.com.

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