6 Books To Celebrate African American History All Year Long
This African American History Month, start a conversation using these children’s books that can be enjoyed by all ages.
From a documentary novel about the landmark civil rights case Loving vs. Virginia to the true story of performer and civil rights activist Josephine Baker, this list offers a multitude of stories not just for February, but the whole year.
1. Loving vs. Virginia
By Patricia Hruby Powell, Illustrated by Shadra Strickland
In 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fell in love. Richard and Mildred Loving were at the heart of a Supreme Court case that legalized marriage between races, and a story of the devoted couple who faced discrimination, fought it, and won.
Find Loving vs. Virginia here.
By Laura Veirs, Illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
This lyrical, loving picture book tells the story of the determined, gifted, daring Elizabeth Cotten—one of the most celebrated American folk musicians of all time.
Find Libba here.
3. We Are the Change
Introduction by Harry Belafonte
Sixteen award-winning children’s book artists illustrate the civil rights quotations that inspire them in this stirring and beautiful book. Featuring an introduction by Harry Belafonte, words from Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. among others, this inspirational collection sets a powerful example for generations of young leaders to come. We Are the Change hits shelves on May 7th, but you can preorder your copy today.
4. The Quickest Kid in Clarksville
By Pat Zietlow Miller, Illustrated by Frank Morrison
The New York Times called this timeless story of dreams, determination, and the power of friendship a “gentle tribute to the legend of the pathbreaking African-American sprinter Wilma Rudolph.”
Find The Quickest Kid in Clarksville here.
By Patricia Hruby Powell, Illustrated by Christian Robinson
In exuberant verse and stirring pictures, Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson create an extraordinary portrait for young people of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world.
Find Josephine here.
6. Marvelous Cornelius
By Phil Bildner, Illustrated by John Parra
In New Orleans, there lived a man who saw the streets as his calling, and he swept them clean. He danced up one avenue and down another and everyone danced along. But then came the rising Mississippi—and a storm greater than anyone had seen before. This heartwarming book tells the inspiring story of a humble man and the heroic difference he made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Find Marvelous Cornelius here.
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