Black History Month Books for Kids

Black History Month is the perfect time to honor and learn about unique Black voices and black history facts. As a special treat for Black History Month, we asked our readers which picture books, nonfiction titles about important historical figures, and graphic novels they recommend to engage young readers year-round. Their responses provided an inspiring selection of stories—each one sure to spark curiosity in the heroes of African American history!

This excellent book dives into the creative minds and innovative processes behind 15 remarkable men and women who pioneered new technologies—from Marie Van Brittan Brown’s first home security system to Mark Dean’s personal computer.

Black Inventors

Black History Book For Kids

The ABCs of Black History

From A to Z and continents across, The ABCs of Black History celebrates a robust history of creative triumph and heartache for young people to enjoy reading. This book not only has rhyming text but back matter with details on everyone from Jemison to Cooke to help complete the story.

Children's Books

Coretta Scott King was an inspirational woman who made a lasting impact as a civil rights movement activist and leader. This captivating chapter book includes beautiful illustrations in black-and-white and actionable ways kids and adults alike can carry on Coretta’s legacy today!

She Persisted

Coretta Scott King

This powerful picture book provides an authentic insight into the experience of slavery through its narrator’s struggle to help her students comprehend this painful past.

An American Story

Kwame Alexander

With a single press of the button, kids 7–12 can be taken on an audio-visual journey through inspiring Black American moments from history. They’ll gain valuable insight into the incredible impact and legacy that many African Americans have left behind!

Lift Every Voice And Change

Black American History

And We Rise

A powerful, impactful, eye-opening journey that explores the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s-1960s America in spare and evocative verse, with historical photos interspersed throughout this compelling set of poems.

Books For Young Adults

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