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Black History Month Books for Kids and Teens


Each year during February, Black History Month is observed in the United States. Also known as African American History Month, the nation pays tribute to and raises awareness about the millions of African Americans who struggled for decades to achieve equal civil rights in American society.


Celebrating Black History Month with Books for Kids and Teens

Teaching children the significance of African American History and the contributions of many brave, courageous, and remarkable people are essential for learning from the mistakes in our past and promoting tolerance, acceptance, and equality in our present and future. We have worked hard to curate a collection of stories that are poignant, inspirational, motivational, and genuinely excellent reads. Sharing books with young readers about inequalities and suffering, but also the extraordinary demonstrations of heroism and self-sacrifice is our responsibility so that we can continue to push for change and progress towards equality.

To get you started, these are a few of the books for kids and teens that have remained atop our recommendation lists for Black History Month:

Books that reflect on lessons learned and mandate continuous change:

Seven Middle Grade Books for African American History Month

Add to a readers’ knowledge of the Civil Rights era with these stories:

4 African American Biography Books For Kids

Nic Stone boldly tackles American race relations:

Nic Stone, Author of Dear Martin | Speed Interview

Celebrating the length, diversity, and strength of this extraordinary woman’s life:

Before She Was Harriet, by Lesa Cline-Ransome

If you are a history buff and believe in equal rights for all, please share your favorite books for kids and young adults with us. You can send us suggestions on books for Black History Month through our Twitter handle, and share your most distinguished books on Instagram or Facebook with #thechildrensbookreview. In the meantime, keep turning pages out there.

Buy books for Black History Month via our affiliate Book Shop powered by Amazon. And if you’re lucky enough to have a favorite hometown bookstore, they can always place a special order, or it might just be on their shelf.

Black History Month Books

Shani Mahiri King is the father of a nine-year-old daughter and a six-year-old son, for whom he wrote Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter (2021).

Read these stories written by black voices. Read them with your children and teens and start a conversation so that we may have hope for an undivided future in which all communities feel safe.

The Girl who Could do Anything is a picture book that pays homage to the accomplishments of black women, but also a reminder to girls and boys of all ages, shapes, and sizes that anything is possible.

The Girl That Could Do Anything is a picture book that pays homage to the accomplishments of black women, but also a reminder to girls and boys of all ages, shapes, and sizes that anything is possible.

We Are Not Yet Equal directly engages the passion and enthusiasm demonstrated by so many young people in the past few years.

The volume focuses its exploration of the role of African-American women in the WWII military around the figure of Charity Adams and the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC).

Biographies of African Americans are important to the overall education of young readers, reminding them of the historical challenges that were faced by ordinary people.

Celebrate John Lewis’ spirit and insistence on making good trouble with the March pins, journal, and postcard book by John Lewis, Nate Powell and Andrew Aydin, inspired by the bestselling March trilogy.

Celebrating the length, diversity and strength of this extraordinary woman’s life, Before She Was Harriet urges readers to remember her humanity as well as her fame.

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

TIME For Kids Heroes of Black History presents the stories of four great American heroes every child should know about in one volume: Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, and Barack Obama.

Langston Hughes's inspiring and timeless message of pride, joy, and the dream of a better life is brilliantly and beautifully interpreted in Daniel Miyares's gorgeous artwork.

From acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell comes the story of a landmark civil rights case, told in spare and gorgeous verse.

Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer is essential reading for any children who doubt themselves and their goals.

The extraordinary memoir of Michaela DePrince, a young dancer who escaped war-torn Sierra Leone for the rarefied heights of American ballet.

Which five words best describe Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965? America’s racist history surrounds us.

Set in the 1950s during the infamous days of Jim Crow, New Shoes is a story of an African American girl who comes up with a brilliant idea to remedy the far-too-often degrading experience of buying shoes, especially for back-to-school.

February is African American History Month. Sharing these books with young readers comes with the responsibility to discuss

In this conversation, we talked to Draper about the inspiration behind Stella by Starlight and the basic goodness in humanity.

Stella by Starlight, by esteemed storyteller Sharon M. Draper, is a poignant novel that beautifully captures the depth and complexities within individuals, a community, and society in 1932, an era when segregation and poverty is at the forefront.