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Exciting Books for Young Kids Learning About Black History

You're never too young to learn about people who overcame enormous obstacles to survive and achieve great things. These books teach kids about African American men and women who excelled in art, music, and science, as well as heroes of social justice from Harriet Tubman to Rosa Parks. They're captivating reading for Black History Month or anytime. Little kids will love hearing the exciting stories about these incredible role models. For more historical reads, check out Civil Rights Books and Award-Winning African American Books.

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Black Boy, Black Boy

age 4+

A beautifully illustrated celebration of Black men and boys.

By: Ali Kamanda , Jorge Redmond (2022)
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Charlotte and the Nutcracker: The True Story of a Girl Who Made Ballet History

age 4+

Inspiring story of young ballet dancer's leap into history.

By: Charlotte Nebres (2021)
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Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

age 4+

Picture book intro to important, inspirational story.

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Jazz Age Josephine

age 4+

Jazzy bio of Josephine Baker inspiring, bittersweet.

By: Jonah Winter (2012)
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Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice

age 4+

Inspiring, colorful story of senator's lifetime of work.

By: Nikki Grimes (2020)
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Mae Among the Stars

age 4+

Simple bio of first African American female astronaut.

By: Roda Ahmed (2018)
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Mahalia Jackson: Walking with Kings and Queens

age 4+

Gorgeous, uplifting picture-book bio of the Queen of Gospel.

By: Nina Nolan (2015)
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Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters

age 4+

Picture book bio of blues great has dazzling art.

By: Michael James Mahin (2017)
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R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul

age 4+

Dazzling art captures Aretha's career and activism.

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Rosa

age 4+

Spectacular illustrations spotlight Parks' historic protest.

By: Nikki Giovanni (2006)
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Trombone Shorty

age 4+

Fun, upbeat story of a boy, a trombone, and jazz.

By: Troy Andrews (2015)
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All Rise: The Story of Ketanji Brown Jackson

age 5+

Inspiring story of the history-making Supreme Court justice.

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A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon

age 5+

Inspiring bio of brilliant NASA mathematician in the 1960s.

By: Suzanne Slade (2019)
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Freedom in Congo Square

age 5+

Enslaved people's culture, jazz roots shine in lyrical book.

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I Am Harriet Tubman: Ordinary People Change the World

age 5+

Courage, doing the right thing are themes in thrilling bio.

By: Brad Meltzer (2018)
Ice Cream Man: How Augustus Jackson Made a Sweet Treat Better cover.
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Ice Cream Man: How Augustus Jackson Made a Sweet Treat Better

age 5+

Sweet picture book about the inventor of modern ice cream.

By: Glenda Armand , Kim Freeman (2023)
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Justice Rising: 12 Amazing Black Women in the Civil Rights Movement

age 5+

Exceptional picture book about civil rights heroes.

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Overground Railroad

age 5+

Captivating story of a family's migration North to freedom.

By: Lesa Cline-Ransome (2020)
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Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis

age 5+

Fun, charming look at civil rights leader's childhood.

By: Jabari Asim (2016)
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Saving American Beach

age 5+

Impressive true tale of woman who protected inclusive beach.

By: Heidi Tyline King (2021)