Every February we take the opportunity as a nation to honor some special people who have helped shape our nation. Immediately we think of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, and even the Obamas. While some of the things these individuals accomplished during their lives may be hard for a preschooler to grasp, there are countless books about these individuals that easily bring their stories to our youngest learners. Here are just a few samples of books that you might want to introduce to your children this month.
By Jonah Winter
Dizzy Gillespie was born to play the trumpet! Jazz was his thing. But instead of playing the traditional songs he grew up with, he created his own style, which became known as bebop! Read all about Dizzy in this book!
Molly, by Golly!: The Legend of Molly Williams, America’s First Female Firefighter
By Dianne Ochiltree
Molly Williams was just a cook at a New York fire station. But, Molly became the first female firefighter in American history! Read Molly’s story in this amazing book!
Dream Big: Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of Olympic Gold
By Deloris Jordan
The most famous basketball player of all time (perhaps the most famous athlete), Michael Jordan, dreamed of winning an Olympic gold medal as a child. This book, written by Michael’s mother, gives a peek into his childhood and how he became the great basketball player we know him as today.
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race
By Margot Lee Shetterly
Your preschooler may not be ready to watch the movie based on these women, but this book puts the story of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden into a story form that your little one is sure to enjoy! Defying all odds and societal norms, these women literally helped put us in space!
These are just a few examples of the dozens and dozens of African American leaders that you can introduce to your child. Use their stories to inspire your preschooler to reach for their dreams and make a positive difference in this world!
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