Black History Month is here! Parents may find themselves looking for ways to introduce their young children to great African American people. There is no better way than with a good book. Here are a few suggestions for books that are appropriate for children five and younger.
Dream Big, Little One and Follow Your Dreams, Little One
By Vashti Harrison
Dream Big, Little One features black women, and Follow Your Dreams, Little One features black men. These board books tell of famous creators, athletes, heroes, and every day role models. Both books serve as perfect introductions for toddlers and preschoolers to some familiar and not so familiar names of prominent black people.
Little People, Big Dreams: Harriet Tubman
By Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Minty, also known as Harriet Tubman, was born a slave in Maryland. Once she escaped slavery to gain her own freedom, she journeyed south multiple times to help other slaves gain their freedom as well. Parents and children will love the illustrations. There is also a timeline and historical photos included. Parents may also want to check out the other books in the Little People, Big Dreams series.
We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song
By Debbie Levy
In this book, the theme song for the Civil Rights Movement is explained for children. Readers are taken on a journey to trace the history of slavery, segregation, and beyond. The song inspired hope, and it brought together a group of people in order to overcome the injustices they faced. It will also help children sequence important events in black history.
Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices
A Netflix Series
Celebrity readers share picture books by black authors in a fun and captivating way. Each episode is about five minutes long and was made with the preschooler in mind. The creators wanted to help parents navigate through various issues using stories to spark conversations at home. The whole family will enjoy watching these stories together.
There are so many books for young children regarding Black History and famous African Americans. Hopefully, the ones listed here will encourage families to learn about someone new this month!
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