40 Black History Month Books for Kids They’ll Love Reading (2024)

Black History Month is the perfect time to honor and learn about unique Black voices andblack history facts, but why stop there? Let’s take this opportunity as an impetus for educating ourselves all year round.Discovering books celebrating African American history, accomplishments, and contributions can foster understanding between cultures no matter what month it is.

As a special treat for Black History Month, we asked our readers which picture books, nonfiction titles about important historical figures, and graphic novels they recommend to engage young minds year-round.Their responses provided an inspiring selection of stories—each one sure to spark curiosity in the heroes of African American history!

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1. Black Inventors

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This excellent book dives into the creative minds and innovative processes behind 15 remarkable men and women who pioneered new technologies—from Marie Van Brittan Brown’s first home security system to Mark Dean’s personal computer. Uncover their incredible stories as we explore how they’ve shaped society with their inventions!

Ages: 8 to 12

Throughout history, Black inventors have crafted many of the world’s most impactful advances in STEM.

2. The Story of Black History Box Set: Biography Books for New Readers

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Get inspired by the groundbreaking achievements of five extraordinary Black men and women! With this carefully selected box set of history books, young readers can discover inspiring stories that have shaped our world.

Discover how they will motivate your children’s curiosity and spark meaningful conversations about change-makers in history!

Ages: 6 to 9

3. The ABCs of Black History

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From A to Z and continents across, The ABCs of Black History celebrates a robust history of creative triumph and heartache for young people to enjoy reading.

Drawing in momentous events such G for the Great Migration and iconic figures like H for Hurston and X for Malcom X, this is an ABC involving not only rhyming text but back matter with details on everyone from Jemison to Cooke to help complete the story.

Ages: 2 to 8

4. African American Inventors and Scientists

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Discover the inspiring stories of African American Inventors & Scientists! These pioneers have left an indelible mark on history, from Benjamin Banneker to Madam C.J. Walker and beyond.

This is one of those children’s books that many of our readers in education recommended due to the book featuring short biographies complete with illustrations alongside a timeline of events and a glossary designed to broaden comprehension.

Ages: 8 to 11

5. The Story of Ruby Bridges

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Ruby Bridges was six years old when her family made the brave move from Mississippi to New Orleans in 1960, seeking a brighter future. Little did they know that this decision would lead Ruby into history books as she became the first Black student to attend William Frantz Elementary – an all-white school.

Despite furious protests and threats from some parents outside its doors, Ruby stepped forward with courage and faith. If this is your little one’s first time hearing about Ruby Bridges, we recommend you grab this gem.

Ages: 6 to 9

6. The Youngest Marcher

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At the tender age of nine, a young girl named Audrey Faye Hendricks chose to stand up for equality and justice. Driven by her deep conviction that everyone deserved a fair chance regardless of their race or skin color, she eagerly participated in protests against segregation laws despite knowing it could lead to imprisonment.

This is the perfect book for younger readers to learn about black history and the work Audrey Faye Hendrick was doing at such a young age.

Ages: 5 to 12

7. Ida B. Wells, Voice of Truth: Educator, Feminist, and Anti-Lynching Civil Rights Leader

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Ida B. Wells was a trailblazer in every sense of the word, from her pioneering work as an educator and journalist to fighting racism and sexism through civil rights activism. Undeterred by criticism or threats to her life, this remarkable woman founded several organizations such as the NAACP, National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, and Alpha Suffrage Club, among others.

If not for Ida, social justice movements and anti-racism efforts may never have taken the shape they did. This book is the perfect reminder of her contributions and why she is rightfully considered a hero of black history.

Ages: 4 to 8

8. She Persisted: Coretta Scott King

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Coretta Scott King was an inspirational woman who made a lasting impact as a civil rights activist and leader. Chelsea Clinton introduces this captivating chapter book that includes beautiful illustrations in black-and-white and actionable ways kids and adults alike can carry on Coretta’s legacy today!

A must-read for any individual seeking inspiration or looking to enrich their curriculum with influential female figures like Coretta Scott King.

Ages: 6 to 9

9. Opal Lee and What It Means to Be Free: The True Story of the Grandmother of Juneteenth

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Opal Lee’s mission was to empower and inspire generations with a holiday celebrating the joy of freedom. As she grew up, this Black activist was amazed that many people in the United States did not know about Juneteenth – so she began her journey to spread its message across America!

Join Opal on an inspiring quest as she aims for everyone in our nation to recognize and celebrate true liberation. This is one of my new favorite books. I was recently introduced to it by a reader on the site; it’s a must for any young child who loves books.

Ages: 6 to 8

10. The Faith of Elijah Cummings: The North Star of Equal Justice

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Congressman and civil rights champion Elijah Cummings devoted his life to a greater cause: the fight for justice, truth, and equal opportunity. His inspirational story of courage starts from underprivileged beginnings fueled by faith – an extraordinary journey that is captured in this vibrant biography.

It’s a good book to add to your black history books and to recognize the contributions of Elijah Cummings to the civil rights movement.

Ages: 6 to 9

11. Because Claudette

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With the power of her voice and unwavering courage, Claudette Colvin ignited a movement that changed history. New York times bestseller author, Tracey Baptiste’s inspiring picture book paints an incredible portrait of this remarkable heroine who fought for justice on Montgomery buses-and ultimately sparked collective action nationwide!

Ages: 6 to 8

12. Call Me Miss Hamilton: One Woman’s Case for Equality and Respect

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Seizing her chance to make a positive change, Mary Hamilton was an unwavering hero of the Civil Rights Movement. She proudly represented what she believed in―refusing insults and disrespect with relentless strength.

When it came time for justice, Miss Hamilton bravely fought all the way up to Supreme Court when charged with contempt of court simply because she demanded respect by asking someone call her “Miss” instead of using just first name. This is a great book for young adults looking to learn about black voices in history.

Ages: 7 to 11

13. Speak Up, Speak Out!: The Extraordinary Life of Fighting Shirley Chisholm

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Black culture would not be the same without mentioning this woman’s name. Shirley Chisholm was an inspirational force for change, and this powerful biography takes readers through her remarkable journey.

From growing up in poverty to becoming the first black woman elected to Congress, and the first black woman to run for president, Shirley’s story is filled with lessons of courage and resilience that will uplift anyone looking for encouragement in their own lives.

Ages: 10 to 14

14. Pauli Murray: The Life of a Pioneering Feminist and Civil Rights Activist

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Pauli Murray dreamed of a more just world, and she dedicated her life to making it come true. Writer, lawyer, activist and priest – there was no limit to what this passionate revolutionary could achieve!

Through extensive research and captivating verse-style storytelling we now have access into Pauli’s compelling journey as an inspirational champion for civil rights & women’s freedom. For the little girl and boy who wants to grow up and change the world, this is a must-read black history book that will leave you inspired.

Ages: 10 to 14

15. Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler

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Ibi Zoboi masterfully brings Octavia E Butler’s childhood to life, exploring the formative historic events of her era. A great book for older kids looking to pick up an independent read.

From facing the Space Race and Red Scare amidst a burgeoning Civil Rights Movement, young Butler grew up in dynamic times – paving way for an inspiring career as one of science-fiction’s most visionary storytellers whose works continue to captivate readers even fifteen years since her passing away.

Ages: 10 to 13

16. The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver

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George Washington Carver is an inspirational figure who’s childhood dreams were brought to life in a secret garden.

Discover how his fruitful passions blossomed into success with this delightful picture book biography – complete with story and visuals by the award-winning author-illustrator team behind Muhammad Ali: A Champion Is Born!

Ages: 4 to 8

17. Baseball’s Leading Lady: Effa Manley and the Rise and Fall of the Negro Leagues

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Effa Manley was a groundbreaking woman in the world of Black Baseball – an elegant yet determined powerhouse at the Newark Eagles. Her team soared to remarkable heights just as calls mounted for baseball’s integration, threatening her beloved league’s future and legacy.

This is a great book for kids of all ages but especially middle school students.

Ages: 10 to 14

18. And We Rise: The Civil Rights Movement in Poems

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A powerful, impactful, eye-opening journey that explores the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s-1960s America in spare and evocative verse, with historical photos interspersed throughout this compelling set of poems.

Ages: 12 to 17

19. Freedom! The Story of the Black Panther Party

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In Freedom! The Story of the Black Panther Party, Jetta Grace Martin dives into the extraordinary story of brave activists forging a new path. Young black people around the world will want to read this one.

With their Free Breakfast Program and Ten Point Platform they worked tirelessly to bring justice to all people—Black Americans in particular. This captivating book contains riveting stories full of courage and strength, coupled with stunning photographs that help illustrate this tale like never before!

Ages: 12 to 18

20. African Town

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African Town is an awe-inspiring narrative in verse, recounting the heartbreaking story of the last Africans to be brought against their will to America in 1860. It paints a vivid picture of the plight and resilience that these immigrants experienced all those years ago.

Ages: 12 to 17

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21. My Selma

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Through the eyes of a young Willie Mae Brown, readers gain unprecedented insight into her formative years in an idyllic Southern town, Selma. From deep-rooted family stories to monumental moments that shape history, she beckons us on a captivating journey through the past and present.

Ages: 10 to 14

Relase Date: January 3, 2023

22. Beyonce: A Little Golden Book Biography

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From her childhood days as a shy girl, Beyoncé has blossomed into an inspiring international superstar. Through this delightful Little Golden Book biography created in partnership with Ebony Jr., readers can explore the remarkable journey of empowerment and hard work that led to Bey’s incredible success.

Ages: 2 to 5

Release Date: January 3, 2023

23. I am John Lewis (Ordinary People Change the World)

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John Lewis was an inspiring figure in the Civil Rights Movement, fearlessly organizing marches and advocating for voting rights. Throughout his life he firmly championed public service, leading with determination to make a better world.

He bravely strove for change and encouraged others to do the same – daring anyone who would listen to ‘get into good trouble’! His legacy of courage continues today through his decades-long work in public service at the House of Representatives.

Ages: 5 to 9

Release Date: January 17, 2023

24. An American Story

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With The Undefeated, Kwame Alexander has proven once again why he is a #1 New York Times Bestselling and award-winning author. This powerful picture book provides an authentic insight into the experience of slavery through its narrator’s struggle to help her students comprehend this painful past.

As we explore their journey together–hoping for better understanding in our future–we are also reminded that history must never be forgotten.

Ages: 4 to 8

Release Date: January 3, 2023

25. Lift Every Voice and Change

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With a single press of the button, kids 7–12 can be taken on an audio-visual journey through inspiring Black American moments from history. Exploring thoughtfully crafted summaries and vibrant illustrations alongside each primary source clip, they’ll gain valuable insight into the incredible impact and legacy that many African Americans have left behind!

Ages: 7 to 12

Release Date: January 10, 2023

26. Love Is Loud: How Diane Nash Led the Civil Rights Movement

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Delve into the inspiring life of Diane Nash, a revolutionary civil rights leader who fought side-by-side with iconic activists like Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis in her remarkable journey to equality for all.

This enlightening nonfiction picture book paints an intimate portrait of major moments from Nash’s legacy that will leave readers feeling empowered and hopeful!

Ages: 4 to 8

Release Date: January 10, 2023

27. Baby Ballers: Venus and Serena Williams

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Experience the iconic legacy of Venus and Serena Williams with your little one! This charming board book is perfect for introducing a new generation to these tennis prodigies.

Ages: Baby to 2

Release Date: January 3, 2023

28. Justice Rising: 12 Amazing Black Women in the Civil Rights Movement

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We often remember the legendary heroes of the civil rights movement, like Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King. But there were many other women who were just as instrumental in helping shape America into what it is today–women that history tends to overlook.

Let’s take a moment now to recognize twelve remarkable Black female activists for their powerful contributions with this insightful book for children to enjoy.

Ages: 4 to 8

Release Date: January 10, 2023

29. Little Rosetta and the Talking Guitar

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Step into the remarkable life of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, an unforgettable pioneer whose music and spirit forever changed rock and roll. Through this vivid tale we explore a childhood filled with musical passion, love from her community -and ambition that knew no bounds.

Ages: 3 to 7

Release Date: February 28, 2023

30. ABC Black History and Me

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ABC Black History and Me is an exciting journey through time, exploring 26 of the most significant concepts, events, and people in African American history. It’s a great way to connect with our past – from A all the way to Z!

Ages: 3 to 6

Release Date: March 14, 2023

31. You Come from Greatness

Ages: 3 to 7

Release Date: January 17. 2023

32. Juneteenth (Happy Holidays!)

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Juneteenth: the joyous, historic holiday commemorating African-American freedom – and what better way to celebrate than by learning all about it? With this captivating title, young readers can discover a world of information on Freedom Day.

The stories are simple enough for even beginning independent readers while vibrant photos bring history alive in vivid detail!

Ages: 8 to 12

Release Date: January 1, 2023

33. All Aboard the Schooltrain

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This captivating story shines light on the powerful journey many African Americans took towards freedom with The Great Migration. Filled with tender family moments, it is a tribute to those who sought hope and opportunity in their pursuit of better lives for themselves and generations to come.

Ages: 4 to 8

Release Date: January 3, 2023

34. Books N Bros

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Sidney Keys III, a teen entrepreneur and passionate advocate for literacy among African American boys, has curated an amazing collection of 44 inspiring books that range from classic fiction to graphic novels and historical accounts.

With this selection he hopes to champion the power of reading amongst young people – providing tips on how kids can become active participants in their own educational journey.

Ages: 8 to 12

Release Date: January 3, 2023

35. The Real History of Juneteenth

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On June 19th, 1865, a new dawn arose for African Americans everywhere – the day enslaved individuals in Texas were informed of their freedom. For over 150 years since then, people have come together to recognize Juneteenth and honor its story.

Take this special occasion as an opportunity to learn more about the lesser-known history behind it; from Jubilee roots all the way up to today’s national holiday status!

Ages: 9 to 14

Release Date: January 1, 2023

36. Rock, Rosetta, Rock! Roll, Rosetta, Roll!

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Tonya Bolden and R. Gregory Christie take readers on an awe-inspiring journey through the life of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a groundbreaking singer who has been instrumental in paving the way for rock-and-roll music as we know it today.

From her humble beginnings to an illustrious career that spanned decades, discover how this influential artist blazed trails with powerful tunes across multiple genres during a pivotal period in American history.

Ages: 4 to 8

Release Date: February 14, 2023

37. The Untold Story of Annie Turnbo Malone

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For generations, Black women have been revolutionizing the beauty industry. In the early 1900s Madam C.J Walker went from working for Annie Turnbo Malone to making a name of her own in hair care products – inspiring future entrepreneurs and redefining what success looks like.

With this Capstone Captivate book, you’ll be taken on an intimate journey through their stories as they challenged societal norms while daringly pursuing wealth and prosperity during one of history’s most tumultuous eras!

Ages: 8 to 11

Release Date: January 1, 2023

38. Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J Walker was a remarkable woman who changed the course of history for Black women everywhere! After facing her own hair issues, she created an incredibly successful line of products that empowered countless people to love their natural selves and embrace beauty in all its forms.

Let’s take some time today for our young readers to learn more about this incredible entrepreneur – Madam C J Walker!

Ages: 9 to 14

Release Date: January 1, 2023

39. Ava Duvernay

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With her thought-provoking films and powerful storytelling, Ava DuVernay is changing the way we experience cinema. For the first time in Sundance history, an African American woman was awarded Best Director for her remarkable works that explore themes of humanity amidst injustice—and this book takes a closer look at both life offscreen and on!

Ages: 8 to 12

Release Date: January 1, 2023

40. We Are Your Children Too

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Uncover the incredible true story of Prince Edward County, Virginia – a place where history was made when it became the only county in America to deny its citizens public education. Follow these brave students who had the courage and resilience to stand up for themselves during an oppressive era that is still playing out today.

Ages: 10 to 14

Release Date: January 10, 2023

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