5 Books Celebrating Black History for Kids

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Share these honest stories of strong and inspiring Black and African American people throughout history with your kids this Black History Month.

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Brave. Black. First. 50+ African American Women Who Changed the World By Cheryl Willis Hudson

Highlighting everyone from Toni Morrison and Sojourner Truth to Aretha Franklin and Simone Biles, this empowering read shares the remarkable contributions of these powerful women throughout history. (Starts at $10.69, amazon.com)

The Bell Rang By James E. Ransome

A Kirkus Review Best Picture Book of 2019, this beautiful yet heartbreaking perspective comes from a young slave girl who lives on a plantation with her family. Through her eyes, we experience her brother’s brave and harrowing escape for freedom. (Starts at $10.39, amazon.com)

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters By Barack Obama

Written by the 44th president of the United States to his daughters, this inspiring picture book tells the story of some of America’s greatest achievers. It celebrates what unites us as a nation and highlights the potential in all of us. (Starts at $10.98, amazon.com)

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race By Margot Lee Shetterly

Illustrated beautifully by Laura Freeman, this picture book is based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name. It tells the story of four African American women mathematicians who broke gender and racial barriers to play pivotal roles at NASA launching early space missions. (Starts at $10.89, amazon.com)

I Have A Dream By Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Kadir Nelson

Accompanied by beautiful illustrations from Kadir Nelson and a CD of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s original speech, this book offers a multi-faceted look at the famous dictation. (Starts at $9.92, amazon.com)

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