You probably already know that February is Black History Month, but you may not know how to talk about issues of race to your children.
The good news is, books are a great way to have conversations with even the youngest children about race and black history – not only during February but all year round.
To that end, we’ve compiled a list of the best five books to read to your children this month to celebrate black history. Read on:
Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
Bridges was just 6 years old when she made history by integrating a school in the south, walking through screaming and hostile crowds. This award-winning book tells the story from her perspective.
Bright Eyes, Brown Skin by Cheryl Hudson
This is a must for all preschoolers. This book features four black children in a preschool, talking about their hair, skin color and other traits. It’s eye opening and accessible.
Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles and Jerome Lagarrigue
For older children in school who are starting to develop friendships on their own, the book Freedom Summer is a good pick. It tells the tale of the friendship between two boys, one black and one white, and how they can’t swim together in the town pool.
I Am Rosa Parks by Rosa Parks and James Haskins
In this book, which is more appropriate for elementary school age children, Rosa Parks tells her story in her own words – in a slightly simplified way that kids can understand.
It’s a young readers book, so early readers can tackle this one alone – but don’t forget to have conversations about it afterward!
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
This book features the best of the best in black history, with singers, poets, pilots, athletes and inventors given prominent play. This book is a must for ALL children, not just girls.
We hope you take Black History Month to do some learning with your children!