Laura Falinposted in Life & Home
In honor of Black History Month, we’ve pulled together a list of books to read with your kids. From tales based on actual historic events to fiction featuring African American kids (who are still grossly underrepresented in children’s literature), here are some books here to get your celebration started.
Like any book list, this one was hard to narrow down. Hopefully this is a jumping-off point for finding more books you and your family can read together!
2. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats — This has been one of our favorites for years…a sweet book about a little boy out investigating his city on a snowy day. The beautiful collage illustrations are bright and unique. It’s a trailblazer as well — according to Horn Book Magazine, this was “the very first full-color picture book to feature a small black hero.” It’s also a 1963 Caldecott Medal winner. Just a perfect book.
3. What’s the Hurry, Fox? And Other Animal Stories by Zora Neale Hurston and Joyce Carol Thomas — Author Hurston, who also wrote Their Eyes Were Watching God, traveled through the rural south collecting stories and folktales. Thomas took those stories and re-wrote them to be easier for kids to understand. Discover “Why the Dog Hates the Cat,” and “Why Whitecaps Have Waves,” in this great collection.
5. Papa’s Mark by
6. Please, Baby, Please! by
7. This Jazz Man by
9. Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Store of the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson, tells us the true story of Henry Brown, a slave who sees his entire family sold to a new slave owner, and eventually finds freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate to a “place where there are no slaves.”
11. Welcome, Precious by Nikki Grimes — This is sweet, lovely book about the arrival of a new baby. The illustrations are wonderful, the writing is poetic — it’s a perfect bedtime story, or a great book for child getting ready for a new little brother or sister.
Do you have any favorite books you’d add to this list? I’d love to know what they are — we’re always looking to expand our reading lists!
This post was originally published in February, 2017