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Black History Books for Children

Read Alouds, Social Studies, Teacher Support

Written by: Jess Dalrymple

Including classroom books that represent and celebrate Black history is essential for fostering inclusivity, understanding, and respect among students. If you're looking to expand your collection, be sure to explore our top picks for black history books for children, perfect for read alouds in primary classrooms. Check out our recommendations below to enrich your teaching of Black History!

by Rio Cortez and Lauren Semmer

“The ABCs of Black History” by Rio Cortez is a vibrant children's book that celebrates Black culture and history through an alphabet format, introducing significant events, people, and concepts. With engaging illustrations, it highlights the resilience and contributions of Black individuals throughout history.

by Monica Clark-Robinson and Frank Morrison

Monica Clark-Robinson's book is all about the brave kids who joined the Birmingham Children's Crusade in 1963. With amazing illustrations and a gripping story, “Let the Children March” shows how these young activists made a big impact on the Civil Rights Movement.

by Deborah Hopkinson and Don Tate

“Carter Reads the Newspaper” tells the true story of Carter G. Woodson, the person who started Black History Month, and how he was inspired by reading the newspaper as a kid. It shows how his curiosity and love for learning led to a lifelong dedication to celebrating Black history.

by Paula Young Shelton and Raúl Colón

“Child of the Civil Rights Movement” by Paula Young Shelton and Raúl Colón gives a heartfelt look at the Civil Rights era through young Paula's eyes, as she watches her family fight for justice and joins the iconic march from Selma to Montgomery. It's a moving story about bravery, togetherness, and the fight for equality.

by Arlisha Norwood, PhD

Arlisha Norwood, PhD, presents an inspiring collection that highlights the incredible achievements and contributions of Black figures throughout history. It's a celebration of courage, talent, and resilience that will leave you motivated and proud.


Incorporating these powerful and inspiring read alouds into your classroom is a wonderful way to celebrate Black History. Through the power of storytelling, we can help to cultivate a deeper appreciation for diversity and the significant contributions of Black individuals throughout history.

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If you found this reading list helpful, be sure to check out our other read aloud lists.

Hispanic Culture

Asian American Culture

Women's History

Native American Culture and History

Help us add to this list! Comment below with your favorite children's books for celebrating Black History!

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