It is no secret that the Black community is underrepresented in today’s society. Slowly but surely we are getting to a day in age where it is not as uncommon. As I raise a Black little girl in this new decade, I want to be able to teach her about Black History Month. Looking at the books on my daughter’s bookshelf, there are more books with cute little animals illustrated and not enough cute little black girls, like her. I went on a hunt for more books with kids that look like her and plan to read these books to her not only during Black History Month but all throughout her childhood.
These books below not only celebrate Black History Month but also have brown characters and celebrate diversity.
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama
Happy Hair by Mechal Renee Roe
I am Rosa Parks by Brad Meltzer
I am Harriet Tubman by Brad Meltzer
I am Jackie Robinson by Brad Meltzer
I am Martin Lither King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer
The Color of Us by Karen Katz
I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl! by Betty K. Bynum
Penny and the Magic Puffballs by Alonda Williams
Emi’s Curly, Coily, Cotton Candy Hair by Tina Olajude
I Am Enough by Grace Byers
If I Ran for President by Catherine Stier
Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
As, Black History Month approaches, take some time out to read these amazing books to your littles. And not only during February, but all the time. They can learn more about themselves, friends, classmates and the world.