Lists and Suggestions for Kids

List: Black History Month for Grades 2-3

Ahmed, Roda.

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

Bildner, Phil.

Also available in Overdrive and Hoopla. A man known as the "Trashcan Wizard" sings and da...

Curry, Parker.

"This book is based on the viral photograph of African American toddler Parker Curry, who, dur...

Dempsey, Kristy.

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

Joy, Angela.

"A child reflects on the meaning of being black in this anthem about a people, a culture, a hi...

Levine, Ellen.

Also available in Hoopla. A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry "Box&...

Miller, Pat Zietlow.

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

Obama, Barack.

Also available in Overdrive. "In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, President Bar...

Renaud, Anne.

Also available in Hoopla. When a fussy patron sends his order of potatoes back twice, chef George Cr...

Bandy, Michael S.

Also available in Hoopla. "Life on the farm with Granddaddy is full of hard work, but despite ...

Cline-Ransome, Lesa.

Also available in Hoopla. "A girl named Ruth Anne tells the story of her family's train j...

Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux.

Also available in Overdrive and Hoopla. Relates the story of the National Memorial African Bookstor...

Ransome, James.

Also available in Overdrive. A slave family is distressed when they discover their son Ben has run a...

Lord, Michelle.

"Born in 1940s Harlem, Patricia Bath dreamed of being a doctor--even though that wasn't a...

Slade, Suzanne.

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

Russell-Brown, Katheryn.

"A picture biography of educator and politician Shirley Chisholm, who in 1968 was the first Bl...

Hill, Laban Carrick.

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

Harris, Kamala.

"Senator Kamala Harris's picture book memoir in which she tells her life story and shows ...

Levinson, Cynthia.

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

Feldman, Thea.

Also available in Overdrive. Meet Katherine Johnson, a brilliant mathematician who worked at NASA i...

Slade, Suzanne.

Biography of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson. ...

Mangal, Mélina.

Also available in Overdrive. Presents the life and accomplishments of the African American scientist...

Rappaport, Doreen.

Illustrated by Bryan Collier Winner of the 2001 NY Times Best Illustrated Children's Book Award...

Asim, Jabari.

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

Weatherford, Carole Boston.

Also available in Hoopla. Gordon Parks is most famous for being the first black director in Hollywo...

Cline-Ransome, Lesa.

Also available in Overdrive and Hoopla. A lush and lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman, written in ...

Hubbard, Rita L.

"A picture book biography sharing the inspiring and incredible true story of the nation's...

Alko, Selina.

The story of interracial couple Mildred and Richard Loving, who got married in Washington, D.C., an...

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...

Brière-Haquet, Alice.

With evocative black-and-white illustrations and moving prose, readers are introduced to Nina Simon...

Weatherford, Carole Boston.

Presents the history of hip-hop including, how it evolved from folktales, spirituals, and poetry, t...

DePrince, Michaela.

Also available in Overdrive. "At the age of three, Michaela DePrince found a photo of a baller...

Schubert, Leda.

"When she was only five years old, her parents took her to see the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo...

Brooks, Gwendolyn.

A collection of poems that celebrate the joy, beauty, imagination, and freedom of childhood. ...

Bryan, Ashley.

Also available in Overdrive and Hoopla. "Using original slave auction and plantation estate do...

Shange, Ntozake.

Also available in Hoopla. In a reflective tribute to the African-American community of old, noted po...

Alexander, Kwame.

Also available in Overdrive. "The Newbery Award-winning author of The Crossover pens an ode to...

Smith, Sherri L.

Also available in Overdrive. "During World War II, black Americans were fighting for their cou...

Cortez, Rio.

Also available in Hoopla. "B is for Beautiful, Brave, and Bright! And for a Book that takes a B...

Nelson, Kadir.

Also available in Overdrive. An simple introduction to African-American history, from Revolutionary-...

Smith, Charles R., Jr.

Also available in Overdrive. "A picture book look at many of the men and women who revolutioni...

Mulford, Zoe.

Also available in Hoopla. 'Following the 2015 mass shooting that took nine lives in a historic...

Weatherford, Carole Boston.

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