Children’s Books to Celebrate Black History Month by Black Authors

February is Black History Month, and a fantastic way to help students and children of all ages learn more about African American history is with picture books. These Children’s Books to Celebrate Black History Month by Black Authors will help widen a child’s perspective and show how they can make the world a better, more equitable place. However, using #ownvoices stories where Black authors can have the platform to tell these stories is paramount.

Comment below with other Black History books to help our readers diversify their bookshelf at home and in the classroom!
Children’s Books for Black History Month by Black Authors 

Photo Description: Book Cover of SYDNEY’S BIG SPEECH

A perfect picture book about perseverance, overcoming challenges, and working hard to achieve your goals!

Sydney learns to conquer her fear of public speaking at school, in this affectionate father-daughter story referencing inspiring role models who dealt with similar issues.

Sydney wants to be a great leader when she grows up. There’s just one problem–when she tries to speak in front of the class, she gets nervous, and the words just won’t come out.

Readers will cheer for Sydney as “No, I can’t” changes to “Yes, I can!”

Sydney’s journey includes practice; encouragement from her loving dad; and a dose of inspiration from such luminaries as Shirley Chisholm, Carol Moseley Braun, Condoleezza Rice, and Kamala Harris.

Photo Description: Book Cover of HOMEGROWN

Written and Illustrated by Deann Wiley
Published by Henry Holt and Co. 

The Extraordinary Life of James Baldwin

Celebrate James Baldwin’s one-hundredth birthday anniversary with the first-ever illustrated biography of this legendary writer, orator, activist, and intellectual.

Before he became a writer, James “Jimmy” Baldwin was a young boy from Harlem, New York, who loved stories. He found joy in the rhythm of music, family, and books.

But Jimmy also found the blues, as a Black man living in America.

When he discovered the written word, he discovered true power. Writing gave him a voice. And that voice opened the world to Jimmy. From the publication of the groundbreaking collection of essays The Fire Next Time to his passionate demonstrations during the civil rights movement, Jimmy used his voice fearlessly.

Michelle Meadows, author of Brave Ballerina and Flying High, introduces young readers to the great American novelist, essayist, poet, playwright, orator, and artist James Baldwin, who, with the fire of his pen, dared a nation to dream of a more equitable world filled with love. Brought to life with warm illustrations by Jamiel Law, Jimmy’s Rhythm & Blueschronicles the life of an incredible visionary who left an indelible mark on American literature and history.

Published by HarperCollins

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