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Black History for Kids

8 Kids’ Books About African-American History and Culture

The Children’s Book Review
Published: February 28, 2013

A Splash Of RedA Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin 

By Jen Bryant; Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Age Range: 5 – 8 years

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (January 8, 2013)

I Too AM AmericanI, Too, Am America 

By Langston Hughes; Illustrated by Bryan Collier

Age Range: 4 and up

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (May 22, 2012)

FiftyCentsAndADreamFifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington 

By Jabari Asim; Illustrated by Bryan Collier

Age Range: 3 – 6 years

Hardcover: 48 pages

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (December 4, 2012)

Hand In HandHand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America

By Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney

Age Range: 9 and up

Hardcover: 256 pages

Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; First Edition edition (October 23, 2012)

ItJesHappenedIt Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw 

By Don Tate; Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Age Range: 6 and up

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Lee & Low Books (April 1, 2012)

HarlemsLittleBlackbirdHarlem’s Little Blackbird 

By Renee Watson; Illustrated by Christian Robinson

Age Range: 3 – 8 years

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (October 23, 2012)

What Was Your Dream Dr King?What Was Your Dream, Dr. King?: And Other Questions About … Martin Luther king Jr.

By Mary Kay Carson

Age Range: 7 and up

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books (January 1, 2013)

Black FirstsBlack Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Historical Events 

By Jessie Carney Smith

Age Range: 10 and up

Paperback: 700 pages

Publisher: Visible Ink Press; Third Edition, Third edition edition (December 12, 2012)

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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