Lists and Suggestions for Kids

List: Black History Month K-2nd

Ahmed, Roda.

Mae wanted to be an astronaut. She dreamed of dancing in space. She imagined herself surrounded by ... More

Barnes, Derrick.

Also available in Overdrive. Illustrations and easy-to-read text pay homage to the strength, charac... More

Blue, Rose.

One summer day in 1959, nine-year-old Ron McNair, who dreams of becoming a pilot, walks into the La... More

Cooper, Floyd.

Also available in Hoopla. Little Mazie wants the freedom to stay up late, but her father explains w... More

Copeland, Misty.

American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin l... More

Dempsey, Kristy.

Also available in Hoopla. A young girl growing up in Harlem in the 1950s, whose mother cleans and s... More

Díaz, Junot.

Also available in Overdrive. Lola was just a baby when her family left the Island, so when she has t... More

Elliott, Zetta.

Illustrations and easy-to-read text express a child's awareness of being filled with deep emot... More

Evans, Shane.

Illustrations and brief text portray the events of the 1963 march in Washington, D.C., where the Re... More

Harrington, Janice N.

A young farm girl tries to catch her favorite chicken, until she learns something about the hen tha... More

Hopkinson, Deborah.

A young slave stitches a quilt with a map pattern which guides her to freedom in the North. ... More

Johnson, Angela.

In 1865, members of a family start their day as slaves, working in a Texas cotton field, and end it... More

Johnson, Angela.

A boy's love of flight takes him on a journey from the dusty dirt roads of Alabama to the war-... More

Jordan, Deloris.

Young Michael Jordan, who is smaller than the other players, learns that determination and hard wor... More

Lyons, Kelly Starling.

Ellen has always known that the broom hanging on her family's cabin wall is a special symbol o... More

Lyons, Kelly Starling.

A runaway slave during the Civil War, Hope's father returns after the Emancipation Proclamatio... More

Lyons, Kelly Starling.

Also available in Hoopla. Alan looks forward to the annual family reunion at the farm where Daddy gr... More

Lyons, Kelly Starling.

Illustrations and easy-to-read text follow a family through five generations as each is inspired by... More

McMorrow, T. E.

In Harlem in the 1920s, in the middle of a family Christmas party, Marie receives a nutcracker from... More

Miller, Pat Zietlow.

Also available in Overdrive and Hoopla. Growing up in the segregated town of Clarksville, Tennessee... More

Muhammad, Ibtihaj.

Faizah relates how she feels on the first day her sister, sixth-grader Asiya, wears a hijab to scho... More

Nyong'o, Lupita.

Also available in Overdrive. When five-year-old Sulwe's classmates make fun of her dark skin, ... More

Obama, Barack.

Also available in Overdrive. In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, President Barack Ob... More

Steptoe, John.

Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before the king, wh... More

Thompkins-Bigelow, Jamilah.

Also available in Hoopla. A young Muslim girl puts on a head scarf and not only feels closer to her... More

Velasquez, Eric.

Ramsey dons his superhero cape to rescue Grandma from the huge octopus she is trying to cook--or is... More

Wiles, Deborah.

Joe and John Henry are a lot alike. They both like shooting marbles, they both want to be firemen, a... More

Woodson, Jacqueline.

Also available in Overdrive. Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, intro... More

Woodson, Jacqueline.

Also available in Hoopla. A rope passed down through the generations frames an African American fam... More

Patrick, CP.

It's summertime! Ana & Andrew travel to visit their grandparents in Savannah, Georgia. Whi... More

Barnes, Derrick.

Also available in Overdrive and Hoopla. Celebrates the magnificent feeling that comes from walking ... More

Bildner, Phil.

In 1932, James Banning, along with his co-pilot Thomas Allen, make history by becoming the first Af... More

Cline-Ransome, Lesa.

A girl named Ruth Anne tells the story of her family's train journey from North Carolina to Ne... More

Hughes, Langston.

Presents the popular poem by one of the central figures in the Harlem Renaissance, highlighting the... More

Michelson, Richard.

Bused across town to a school in a white neighborhood of Boston in 1974, a young African American b... More

Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux.

Also available in Hoopla. Relates the story of the National Memorial African Bookstore, founded in ... More

Wittenstein, Barry.

Also available in Hoopla. In 1959 Bernard is a young Red Sox fan, troubled by the lack of Black play... More

Henson, Heather.

This biography picture-book shares the life story of Stephen Bishop, an explorer and slave who mapp... More

Coles, Robert.

For months six-year-old Ruby Bridges must confront the hostility of white parents when she becomes ... More

Slade, Suzanne.

Also available in Hoopla. A biography of African American poet, Gwendolyn Brooks. ... More

Hill, Laban Carrick.

Chronicles the life of Dave, a nineteenth-century slave who went on to become an influential poet, ... More

Levinson, Cynthia.

Presents the life of nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks who became the youngest known child to be ... More

Cline-Ransome, Lesa.

Also available in Overdrive and Hoopla. The story of Katherine Johnson, an African American mathema... More

Asim, Jabari.

Also available in Hoopla. Critically acclaimed author Jabari Asim and Caldecott Honor-winning illus... More

Cline-Ransome, Lesa.

A lush and lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman, written in verse. An evocative poem and opulent wat... More

Weatherford, Carole Boston.

You can be a King. Stamp out hatred. Put your foot down and walk tall. You can be a King. Beat the ... More

Shelton, Paula Young.

Also available in Overdrive. Paula Young Shelton shares her memories of the civil rights movement a... More

Winter, Jonah.

Also available in Overdrive. As an elderly woman, Lillian recalls that her great-great-grandparents... More

Shetterly, Margot Lee.

Also available in Hoopla. Explores the previously uncelebrated but pivotal contributions of NASA... More

Steptoe, Javaka.

Also available in Overdrive. Jean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to... More

Bryan, Ashley.

Illustrated versions of three well-known hymns. ... More

Weatherford, Carole Boston.

Aretha Franklin was born to sing. The daughter of a pastor and a gospel singer, her musical talent w... More

Levy, Debbie.

Traces the history of the inspiring anthem and explains how it has come to represents the right for... More

Watson, Renée.

A tribute to lesser-known Harlem Renaissance performer Florence Mills includes coverage of her yout... More

Andrews, Troy.

Also available in Overdrive and Hoopla. Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy &... More

Russell-Brown, Katheryn.

A biography of African American musician Melba Doretta Liston, a virtuoso musician who played the tr... More

Meadows, Michelle.

Janet Collins wanted to be a ballerina in the 1930s and 1940s, a time when racial segregation was w... More

Cline-Ransome, Lesa.

Shares the story of the sisters and tennis stars, including their special relationship as sisters a... More

Weatherford, Carole Boston.

Also available in Hoopla. As slaves relentlessly toiled in an unjust system in 19th century Louisia... More