Celebrate Black History Month with Books!
I have created this booklist to include both non-fiction and picture books for elementary school students. Often, picture books are discouraged for children who are past pre-school. This booklist demonstrates that picture books are an effective tool for children of every age, and especially when teaching historical material.
Africans in America, 1619-1865 by Kay Melchisedech Olson
Minty: a story of young Harriet Tubman by Alan Schroeder
Young Harriet Tubman, whose childhood name was Minty, dreams of escaping slavery on the Brodas plantation in the late 1820s.
Night Boat to Freedom by Margot Theis Raven
At the request of his fellow slave Granny Judith, Christmas John risks his life to take runaways across a river from Kentucky to Ohio. Based on slave narratives recorded in the 1930s.
Traveling the Freedom Road: From Slavery and the Civil War Through Reconstruction by Linda Barrnett Osborne
A bus of our own by Freddi Williams Evans
Although she really wants to go to school, walking the five miles is very difficult for Mabel Jean and the other black children, so she tries to find a way to get a bus for them the same as the white children have. Based on real events in Mississippi.
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King By Doreen Rappaport
Goin' someplace special by Patricia C. McKissack
In segregated 1950s Nashville, a young African American girl braves a series of indignities and obstacles to get to one of the few integrated places in town: the public library.
Freedom on the menu: the Greensboro sit-ins by Carole Boston Weatherford