Updated: Mar 5, 2022
If you know me, I don’t just teach about Black History during February, but I do try to do a little bit extra to celebrate all of the accomplishments of amazing people!
Here are some great read alouds for Black History Month in February or ANYTIME of the year! This list is only a start because there are so many wonderful books available!
1. Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson
2. Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles and Jerome Lagarrigue
3. Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport and Bryan Collier
4. The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson and E. B. Lewis
5. Dream Big Little One by Vashti Harrison
6. Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly and Laura Freeman
7. Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed and Stasia Burrington
8. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
10. All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson
Along with books to celebrate Black History I also encourage all teachers to look at books to help students know how special they are and to celebrate their students for who they are! Once again, this list just contains a few suggestions!
1. I am Enough by Grace Byers and Keturah A. Bobo
2. Hair Like Mine by LaTashia M. Perry
3. Chocolate Me by Taye Diggs
5. What Will I Be? By Jayla Joseph
6. Full, Full, Full of Love by Trish Cooke
7. Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
8. I Promise by Lebron James
9. All Because You Matter by Tami Charles
10. Change Sings by Amanda Gorman
Click here for another book list of some other books to help celebrate cultural diversity.
Resources for Celebrating Black History Beyond a Read Aloud: