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11 Children's Books to Read During Black History Month

2/1/21

Reading Lists

11 Children's Books to Read During Black History Month

Featuring titles by Ashley Bryan, Amanda Gorman, and Kimberly Drew.

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Our friends at Hudson Park Library in SoHo helped us compile a reading list for Black History Month, with selections ranging from the Coretta-Scott-King-Award-winning Beautiful Blackbird to recent releases from Amanda Gorman and Kimberly Drew. Snuggle up in a cozy spot and get reading!


Beautiful Blackbird

Ashley Bryan

In a story of the Ila people, the colorful birds of Africa ask Blackbird, whom they think is the most beautiful of birds, to decorate them.



Black Is a Rainbow Color

Angela Joy

A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history and a legacy that lives on.



Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

Derrick Barnes

Celebrates the magnificent feeling that comes from walking out of a barber shop with newly-cut hair.



Hair Love

Matthew A. Cherry

A little girl’s daddy steps in to help her arrange her curly, coiling, wild hair into styles that allow her to be her natural, beautiful self.



Hey Black Child

Useni Eugene Perkins

A lyrical, empowering poem that celebrates black children and seeks to inspire all young ones to dream big and achieve their goals.



Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone

Alice Briere-Haquet

Shared as a lullaby to her daughter, a soulful song recounts Simone’s career, the trials she faced as an African American woman, and the stand she took during the Civil Rights Movement.



Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment

Parker and Jessica Curry

In a story inspired by the young author’s viral photo of her awestruck response to First Lady Michelle Obama’s portrait, a young girl visits Washington, D.C’s National Portrait Gallery and finds her life transformed by the historical examples of its subjects.



Thank You, Omu!

Oge Mora

When the aroma of Omu’s homemade stew fills the air, her neighbors arrive, one by one, for a taste until all is gone except for her generous spirit.



Someday Is Now: Clara Luper and the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-Ins

Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

An inspirational story of the celebrated civil rights leader, Clara Luper, who led one of the first lunch-counter sit-ins in America.



The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country

Amanda Gorman

The powerful and historic poem read at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, from the youngest presidential inaugural poet in US history.



This Is What I Know About Art

Kimberly Drew

Drew shows us that art and protest are inextricably linked and challenges us to create space for the change that we want to see in the world.

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