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 ... More

Bildner, Phil.

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

Curry, Parker.

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

Dempsey, Kristy.

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

Joy, Angela.

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

Levine, Ellen.

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

Miller, Pat Zietlow.

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

Obama, Barack.

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

Renaud, Anne.

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

Bandy, Michael S.

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

Cline-Ransome, Lesa.

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

Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux.

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

Ransome, James.

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

Lord, Michelle.

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

Slade, Suzanne.

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

Russell-Brown, Katheryn.

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

Hill, Laban Carrick.

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

Harris, Kamala.

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

Levinson, Cynthia.

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

Feldman, Thea.

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

Slade, Suzanne.

Biography of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson. ... More

Mangal, Mélina.

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

Rappaport, Doreen.

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

Asim, Jabari.

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

Weatherford, Carole Boston.

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

Cline-Ransome, Lesa.

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

Hubbard, Rita L.

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

Alko, Selina.

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

Brière-Haquet, Alice.

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

Weatherford, Carole Boston.

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

DePrince, Michaela.

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

Schubert, Leda.

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

Brooks, Gwendolyn.

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

Bryan, Ashley.

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

Shange, Ntozake.

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

Alexander, Kwame.

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

Smith, Sherri L.

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

Cortez, Rio.

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

Nelson, Kadir.

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

Smith, Charles R., Jr.

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

Mulford, Zoe.

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

Weatherford, Carole Boston.

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