Black History Month: Books for Bigs and Littles

Today marks the beginning of the designation of Black History Month. Since 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. The 2021 theme, ” Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity” explores the African diaspora and the spread of Black families across the U.S.

Below are a few books that Bigs can share with Littles, and that staff can share with the youth in their lives:

  • Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry & Vashiti Harrison
  • I am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes & Gordon C. James
  • I am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown, Jason “Rachel” Brown & Anoosha Syed
  • Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow &Luisa Uribe
  • Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine & Kadir Nelson
  • Circle Unbroken by Margot Theis Raven & E.B. Lewis
  • 28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World by Charles Smith Jr., & Shane W. Evans
  • Thank you, Omu! by Oge Mara
  • Serena: The Littlest Sister by Karlin Gray & Monica Ahanonu
  • Uncle Jed’s Barbershop by Margaret King Mitchell & James E. Randsome
  • Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Sheldon & Raul Cohen
  • Bread for Words: A Frederick Douglas Story by Shana Keller & Kayla Stark
  • A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story by Sharon Langley, Amy Nathan & Floyd Cooper

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