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In honor of Black History Month, we celebrate African-American authors and how their stories highlight Black characters in everyday life and how they have overcome monumental challenges

Children are always learning about the world, and books are one simple way we can teach them. They can see themselves and their experiences reflected on the pages and feel seen, heard, and valued. 

“Stories are bridges connecting us to the unknown. They help us navigate the complexities of the human experience, offering both a mirror and a window into worlds that challenge,

Father reading a book to his baby; black history month
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inspire, and ultimately transform us,” shared author, Tananarive Due. Children’s books help little readers build their self-esteem and confidence by seeing themselves reflected in stories and illustrations. Representation of diverse characters ensures everyone feels seen, heard, and valued. Author Jas

on Reynolds describes it like, “It’s hard to be what you can’t see.” 

Here are 30 books to celebrate black History Month

1. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Garvey Choice; a book for Black History Month

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

3. The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

4. Garvey’s Choice by  Nikki Grimes

5. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

6. Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

7. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

8. I Am Enough by Grace Byers

9. The First Part Last by Angela Johnson

10. Brown Baby Lullaby by Tameka Fryer Brown

11. Tea Cakes for Tosh by Kelly Starling LyonsTea Cakes for Tosh; Garvey Choice; a book for Black History Month

12. Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by Don Tate

13. The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural by Patricia McKissack

14. Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty

15. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

16. Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison

17. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Radiant Child

18. The Magician’s Hat by Malcolm Mitchell

19. Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfield

20. The Blacker the Berry by Floyd Cooper

21. Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe

22. Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester

23. Firebird by Misty Copeland

24. Mixed Me! by Taye Diggs

25. We March by Shane W. Evans

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26. Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan

27. Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome

28. I Can Make a Difference: A Treasury to Inspire Our Children by Marian Wright Edelman

29. Waiting for the Biblioburro by
Monica Brown

30. These Hands by Margaret H. Mason

We’d love to hear from you! Which authors and/or books would you add to this list? Every person has a unique experience, and together we can educate the next generation one page at a time.


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