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 ...

Barnes, Derrick.

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

Blue, Rose.

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

Cooper, Floyd.

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

Copeland, Misty.

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

Dempsey, Kristy.

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

Díaz, Junot.

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

Elliott, Zetta.

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

Evans, Shane.

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

Harrington, Janice N.

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

Hopkinson, Deborah.

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

Johnson, Angela.

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

Johnson, Angela.

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

Jordan, Deloris.

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

Lyons, Kelly Starling.

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

Lyons, Kelly Starling.

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

Lyons, Kelly Starling.

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

Lyons, Kelly Starling.

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

McMorrow, T. E.

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

Miller, Pat Zietlow.

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

Muhammad, Ibtihaj.

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

Nyong'o, Lupita.

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

Obama, Barack.

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

Steptoe, John.

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

Thompkins-Bigelow, Jamilah.

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

Velasquez, Eric.

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

Wiles, Deborah.

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

Woodson, Jacqueline.

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

Woodson, Jacqueline.

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

Patrick, CP.

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

Barnes, Derrick.

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

Bildner, Phil.

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

Cline-Ransome, Lesa.

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

Hughes, Langston.

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

Michelson, Richard.

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

Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux.

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

Wittenstein, Barry.

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

Henson, Heather.

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

Coles, Robert.

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

Slade, Suzanne.

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

Hill, Laban Carrick.

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

Levinson, Cynthia.

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

Cline-Ransome, Lesa.

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

Asim, Jabari.

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

Cline-Ransome, Lesa.

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

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 ...

Shelton, Paula Young.

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

Winter, Jonah.

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

Shetterly, Margot Lee.

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

Steptoe, Javaka.

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

Bryan, Ashley.

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

Weatherford, Carole Boston.

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

Levy, Debbie.

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

Watson, Renée.

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

Andrews, Troy.

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

Russell-Brown, Katheryn.

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

Meadows, Michelle.

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

Cline-Ransome, Lesa.

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

Weatherford, Carole Boston.

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