4 Children’s Books for Black History Month


Check out these children’s books to celebrate Black History Month. Each book consists of an accompanying art activity concept from Anna Harpe of KidLitCrafts.

Everyone’s bookshelf tells a story, do not you feel?  

Our interests, hobbies, the items we value–– I’ve constantly believed you can discover a lot about a individual from the books they determine to retain. 

But what about our children’s bookshelves?  What story do they inform?

Over the final handful of years I’ve began following some wonderful Instagram accounts that have helped me be more intentional about the children’s books we bring into our residence.  These accounts do a fantastic job of educating parents and recommending stories that reflect the beautifully diverse globe in which we live.  

Check out (and commence following!) the accounts beneath. Then retain reading to locate 4 of our preferred books and activities to study and appreciate for the duration of Black History Month (or any time of the year).  

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4 Instagram Accounts to Follow for a More Diverse Bookshelf

1. Inclusive Story Time

I adore Inclusive Story Time’s beautiful photographs and insightful critiques.  You’ll undoubtedly locate anything for your next library trip right after browsing her web page. 

2. Books for Diversity

This account is a terrific go-to resource for a swift recommendation.  Lots of stunning image books featuring diverse characters and storylines!

3. Diverse Reads

Vera of Diverse Reads has a handy roundup each and every month of diverse books published.  And this January she was even capable to consist of her personal newly published book in that list! If you have older children, you will undoubtedly want to be following @diversereads for all her middle grade suggestions also.

4. Here Wee Read

@Hereweeread is a fantastic account to adhere to for each suggestions and literacy suggestions.  Charnaie is also involved in the nonprofit organization 50 States 50 Books which is assisting to close the literacy gap by giving diverse books to children nationwide.

Reading with each other is a fantastic way to connect with your children, and enables you to discover and develop side by side. By following instagram accounts like the ones above, you will have a lot of terrific suggestions for your next library trip.

Need a swift location to commence? Here are a handful of particularly beautiful nonfiction image books and (since we just cannot resist!) some inventive activities to attempt right after reading:

Children’s Books to Celebrate Black History

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1. Mae Among the Stars

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Mae Among the Stars is primarily based on the life of Mae Jemison, the 1st African American female astronaut. While some biographies are a bit text-heavy for the younger crowd, this one particular is just ideal!

A easy story with stunning illustrations, Mae Among the Stars is the ideal launching point for lots of discussions in your loved ones.

My children and I produced these space paintings making use of bleeding tissue paper (such a Exciting item developed to “bleed” colour away onto the paper when wet), but normal watercolors would work also.

Try making use of a white crayon to develop planets and stars 1st, then paint more than the top rated to reveal the mysteries of space!

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2. Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters

This beautiful book explores the early life of blues musician, Muddy Waters. With engaging, lyrical text and powerfully vibrant pictures, the story feels accessible to all ages. 

Inspired by the definitely electric artwork all through, we crafted up some homemade scratch art.  (Find the step-by-step tutorial Right here).

Try layering oil pastels and black paint, scratching via the dark surface to reveal pops of vibrant colour. Of course, do not overlook to place on some Muddy Waters music even though you are developing!🎶🎵

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3. Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You

Of course there are quite a few fantastic books about Dr. King’s life and legacy, but I particularly adore this one particular since it is so accessible to young children.  Reading this book is the ideal way for even tiny ones to feel about how they can adhere to in the footsteps of Dr. King with kindness and courage.

And how stunning is this amazing project idea from The Creativity Project? Brain youngster of inventive superstars, @artbarblog and @hatchartplay, The Creativity Project has some fantastic free printables and art tips on their web page.

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4. Fancy Party Gowns

Fancy Party Gowns is a stunning story about Ann Cole Lowe, the below-appreciated talent behind quite a few higher-society types from the 1920s via the 60s. 

If you have a tiny aspiring designer at residence, let them go wild with paints and an old dress!

This is the ideal way to rescue a preferred stained or torn outfit (this one particular suffered from hot chocolate spills and torn lace). The watercolor will not final via the wash, but it confident will be exciting till then!😍

If you enjoyed these books, you will definitely Enjoy the suggestions from the accounts above.  It’s under no circumstances also late to transform your bookshelf’s story.

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Originally published in artfulparent.com