February brings with it an excellent opportunity to teach your preschooler about black history. Young children soak up new things easily, so take advantage of it by reading books or watching movies about people who made a big impact in our country. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
If a Bus Could Talk, by Faith Ringgold, is about a bus that CAN talk and tells the true story of Rosa Parks to a little girl named Marcie.
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, by Carole Boston Weatherford, will take you along on the dangerous journeys Harriet Tubman traveled to help fellow slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad.
I am Jackie Robinson, by Brad Meltzer, will inspire your child to be brave even when life doesn’t treat you fairly. Even though some folks wouldn’t let him on the best teams because of his skin color, Jackie went on to be the first African American in Major League Baseball.
The Little Plant Doctor: A Story About George Washington Carver, by Jean Marzollo, recounts the true story of young George and his curiosity about plants. That curiosity would make him into a wonderful scientist as an adult who loved to help others.
The Princess and the Frog is set in New Orleans in 1920. It tells the story of Tiana who works hard to make her dreams of having her own restaurant come true and in the process meets a prince. The two of them must overcome some obstacles together to get their happily ever after.
Akeelah and the Bee teaches perseverance. Akeelah wasn’t the typical spelling bee participant. She discovered her talent for spelling almost by accident, but she was determined to keep working until she could make it to the National Spelling Bee.
So, go ahead and sit back, relax (maybe grab a snack), and enjoy Black History Month with your preschooler!
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