I love books. Ever since I became a teacher, I’ve bought and read children’s books like it’s my job (because it is!). I love how books foster closeness between adults and children and I appreciate how reading a story can initiate challenging topics of conversation in a non-threatening way. Lots of “Must Read” lists have 25, 50 or 100 books. That’s too many “musts” for me in one month. So I picked six must-read books for kids during Black History Month. Of course, all of these books are better when they are shared between a child and a caring adult. So buy them for your kids. And then read them with your kids.
6 Must-Read Books for Kids During Black History Month
These are great books for you to read with your kids this month!
Similar to Our Children Can Soar, the text in this book is simple enough for young children to understand (though perhaps a bit too optimistic about the current state of race relations in America). The themes mentioned and the illustrations could certainly spark conversations with older children about the people and events referenced.
This is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s childhood, as told by his sister. It does focus almost exclusively on his early life and how his family and childhood experiences laid the groundwork for his work as an adult. With considerably more detail than the other books I’ve mentioned so far, this one is for kids with longer attention spans.
An autobiographical story of this historic event complete with photographs? Yes, please. Again, be sure to preview this one with your own children in mind.
So, there are my picks. What did I miss? What books do you share with your children during Black History Month?
Shannon is mom to two amazing kids who joined her family through foster care adoption. She is passionate about advocating for children through her writing and her job as a kindergarten teacher. You can read more from her at Adoption, Grace and Life.
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