Black History Books for Kids Ages 3-18 Various Authors and Illustrators, Priced From $14.95-$27 | Lifestyles


When you are a child, there are so many things to learn.

Someone has to teach you your AB-C’s and count to a hundred. You have to learn how to tie a knot, set the table and stay safe. And this month you should learn more about black history, and it can be fun with these great books…

For younger readers ages 3-5, “The ABCs of Black History” by Rio Cortez, illustrated by Lauren Semmer is a great way to start the lesson. This most fundamental book includes the holidays, cities, people and music that form the basis of black history, in colorful designs and a fun format.

Slightly older children aged around 4 to 7 – those who still love picture books – will want Moira Rose Donohue’s “Stompin’ at the Savoy”, illustrated by Laura Freeman, which is a book about the life of the famous drummer Chick Webb; or “Life As You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker” by Patricia Hruby Powell and R. Gregory Christie, the story of activist Baker and her inspiring work.

Also look for “The Teacher’s Walk! How Selma’s Teachers Changed History” by Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace, illustrated by Charly Palmer. This is the story of Reverend FD Reese and his colleagues in Selma, Alabama, in 1965.

For middle school students, “This is Your Time” by Ruby Bridges is a fast-paced yet impactful book perfect for Black History Month. Bridges, of course, is a civil rights worker and this is the story of her life, and the day she was 6 years old and escorted by federal marshals, a little black girl heading to a white school. Her story will inspire young readers to help create justice in their classrooms and neighborhoods.

Also for older kids 12 and up, “Ida B. The Queen” by Michelle Duster is like a storybook. The truth is, it’s a story — it’s a bunch of stories, actually — first, of Ida B. Wells, crusader, writer, and suffragist, but not just her. The book also talks about the people she inspired, singers, legislators, inventors, thinkers and others. Keep in mind this is a big book, with lots of sidebars in a thin cover; having a bookmark and notebook nearby can be handy.

And finally, for high school readers, Lawrence Goldstone’s “Separate No More: The Long Road to Brown v. Board of Education” begins over 100 years ago with a landmark decision on the education of black citizens and ends by another who turned the first one upside down. But not only the account of an event, this book also looks at the people involved: judges, parents, teachers, politicians, citizens and students who simply wanted to go to school.

If these books don’t quite match your child’s interests, ask your librarian or bookseller for ideas. There is sure to be a book that you and your child will love to read and share because when it comes to black history, there really is a lot to learn.

• Terri Schlichenmeyer of The Bookworm Sez is a self-organized book review columnist. Schlichenmeyer’s reviews include adult and children’s books of all genres. You can contact her at [email protected]


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