10 Books to Read During Black History Month

February is Black History Month and a perfect time to learn about and explore African American history with your children. We have compiled a list of ten books celebrating the lives and culture of African Americans.

1. All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka

This book celebrates diversity with lyrical text and magnificently crafted illustrations.

Recommended for children four and under

Kumon Recommended Reading Level 7A

2. Wings by Christopher Myers

This inspiring tale is a modern retelling of the myth of Icarus, in which a young boy must overcome his critics in order to fly.

Recommended for children ages four through eight

3. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema

This Caldecott Medal winning story tells the West African folktale of why mosquitoes buzz in people’s ears with vivid and colorful illustrations.

Recommended for children ages four through eight

Kumon Recommended Reading Level AII

4. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

This groundbreaking book about race and gender will be sure to inspire your children to believe that anything is possible once you set your mind to it and believe in yourself.

Recommended for children ages four through eight

Kumon Recommended Reading Level CI

5. The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson

A moving narrative about the racial tensions that a young girl discovers after learning why a fence separates one side of town from the other.

Recommended for children ages five through seven

6. Escape North! By Monica Kulling

This biography of Harriet Tubman will be sure to fascinate your children as they learn about her role in helping hundreds gain their freedom as a conductor of the Underground Railroad.

Recommended for children ages seven through nine

7. Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport

This elegant pictorial biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. weaves his words and speeches into a captivating narrative on his life and achievements.

Recommended for children ages five through nine

8. What Color is My World? by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

This is a charming tale of twins that profiles the contributions of sixteen lesser known African American innovators from the past to present.

Recommended for children ages eight through eleven

9. Fly High: The Story of Bessie Coleman by Louise Borden

This detailed biography of the Brave Bessie Coleman highlights her determination and ability to overcome obstacles to become the first African American with a pilot’s license.

Recommended for children ages nine through twelve

10. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry but Mildred Taylor

This Newbery Award winning novel is about an African American family fighting to stay together in spite of battling racism, illness, and, poverty in the Deep South in the 1930s.

Recommended for children ages nine through twelve

Kumon Recommended Reading Level H

Share which of these books you will be reading with your children.