In honor of Black History Month here is a list of many outstanding children’s non-fiction books that tell the amazing stories of so many amazing people; it is certainly not exhaustive, and it is not limited to the Civil Rights Movement or slavery. These titles are definitely worth seeking out regardless of the month.
Picture Books (For ALL Ages):
- A Splash of Red: the Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet.
- All Together Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson and illustrated by E. B. Lewis
- Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill and illustrated by Bryan Collier.
- Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
- Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine and illustrated by Kadir Nelson.
- Rosa by Nikki Giovanni and illustrated by Bryan Collier. (about Rosa Parks)
- Schomburg: the Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Eric Velasquez
- Steamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Ron Husband
- Step Right Up by Donna Janell Bowman and illustrated by Daniel Mintner
- Swing Sisters: The Story of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm by Karen Deans and illustrated by Joe Cepeda
- Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton and illustrated by Don Tate