Seventeen must-read picture books to celebrate Black History Month

February 1, 2019

February is Black History Month and a great way to teach your children more about African American history is by using picture books as a teaching tool. Picture books break history into bite-sized pieces that are perfect for young children.

There are picture book biographies, books about
Africa, books about the Civil Rights Movement, about slavery and the Underground Railroad, and more. This is not a definitive list, rather it’s a starting point.


  1. Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions by Margaret Musgrove

  2. Why Do Mosquitoes Buzz In People’s Ears by Verna Aardema

  3. Anansi The Spider by Gerald McDermott

  4. Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson

  5. Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

  6. My Name Is Truth: The Life Of Sojourner Truth by Ann Turner

  7. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford

  8. Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter

  9. Let Them Play by Margot Theis Raven

  10. Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson by Sharon Robinson

  11. Rosa by Nikki Giovanni

  12. Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport

  13. The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles

  14. Sit In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney

  15. Linda Brown, You Are Not Alone: The Brown vs. Board of Education Decision by Joyce Carol Thomas

  16. Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became The World’s Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull

  17. What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Raymond Obstfeld

Source: Scholastic


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