Celebrate Black History Month with These Extraordinary Picture Books for Kids

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Be A King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by James E. Ransome. Books for Black History Month, Books to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day or Human Rights Day. Picture books about diversity, diverse books, we need diverse books, diverse picture books, books for kids, picture books for kids to read, books about Martin Luther King Jr., diverse books for kids in grade 2, books for kids in grade 3, books for kids in grade 1. Books for six year olds, books for seven year olds | batchofbooks.com

February is Black History Month. Growing up in Canada, I didn’t learn about black history (or American history) in school. So when I moved to the States, I had to learn about a lot of people I’d never heard of before.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and George Washington Carver are just a few of the amazing people I’ve learned about since immigrating to this beautiful country.

The thing I like about Black History Month is the focus on honoring and celebrating the amazing people of color that shaped American history and culture. There is so much to learn and absorb — so many incredible people that sacrificed everything for a better life.

Here are some extraordinary books I’m reading with my kids this February to celebrate Black History Month.

 

Picture Books for Black History Month

Be A King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by James E. Ransome. Books for Black History Month, Books to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day or Human Rights Day. Picture books about diversity, diverse books, we need diverse books, diverse picture books, books for kids, picture books for kids to read, books about Martin Luther King Jr., diverse books for kids in grade 2, books for kids in grade 3, books for kids in grade 1. Books for six year olds, books for seven year olds | batchofbooks.comBe A King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by James E. Ransome

One of the things I’ve grown to love about Martin Luther King Jr. as I’ve learned about him is his message of love and strength.

This book captures the spirit of his work. It’s about a class full of young students who decide to follow Dr. King’s example. The writing is poetic

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Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine, illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Picture books about the underground railroad, books about slavery for kids, books for black history month for kids to read. Books to read with kids about slavery and freedom. | batchofbooks.comHenry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

This story is about an boy named Henry who grows up in slavery. When his family is sold at market, he decides to mail himself to freedom.

I read this book to my kids a while back and Henry’s story really touched me. I’m amazed at the lengths some people went to in order to gain their freedom. This is a tale of hardship, heartbreak, and unbreakable courage.

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Steamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Ron Husband. Picture books for children about freedom and education. Books for black history month for kids. Picture books for black history month. Books for kids about courage. | batchofbooks.comSteamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Ron Husband

I read this book to my children a couple of years ago when it first came out. While the story is technically fiction, it is based on an actual steamboat school. It’s a moving, passionate story about the desire for education and the lengths that people went to in order to gain access to it.

This is one of those hidden gems you don’t hear much about, but it’s a beautiful story and well worth the read.

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 Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson, illustrated by Frank Morrison. Picture books for kids about the civil rights movement. Books for kids about black history. Books to read for black history month. Picture books about the children's march in Alabama. | batchofbooks.comLet the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson, illustrated by Frank Morrison

This book is about the children’s march that happened in 1963 in Alabama. Thousands of children joined a march to protest segregation.

This is another event that I’d never heard of until I read the book. I like how this story shows children that they can make a difference. They can stand up and make their voices heard, even if they are young.

A great read for Black History Month to encourage kids to stand tall for what they believe in.

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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison. Picture books for kids about black history. Diverse books for kids. Books about black women in history. Good books for black history month. | batchofbooks.comLittle Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

This book became an instant bestseller, and it’s not hard to see why. First off, the illustrations are ADORABLE. Second, it features amazing people from history who overcame barriers to achieve remarkable things.

With 40 incredible women featured in this book, it’s definitely a title I want my girls to read.

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Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly, illustrated by Laura Freeman. Picture books about black women in history. Good books to read for black history month. Diverse books for kids. Best books for kids about the space race. Children's books about strong women. | batchofbooks.comHidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly, illustrated by Laura Freeman

This book has been a wildly popular addition to the growing number of picture books about women of color. It’s the perfect book to read with your kids for Black History Month. These four women were both brave and brilliant.

If you have older kids, check out the young readers’ edition or the original adult version of the book.

And of course, you MUST watch the movie. It was fantastic!

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Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed, illustrated by Stasia Burrington. Good picture books about strong women. Diverse books for kids to read for black history month. Celebrate human rights and black history by reading about the first african american woman to travel in space. | batchofbooks.comMae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed, illustrated by Stasia Burrington

As long as we’re talking about the space race, we need to mention this gem. This book is about Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel in space. It’s a fictionalized biography, and it focuses on Mae’s determination, dreams, and hard work.

This story is about dreaming big and reaching for the stars (literally).

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What are you reading with your kids for Black History Month?

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