10 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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Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race Book Poster Image
Picture book intro to important, inspirational story.
By Margot Lee Shetterly, Winifred Conkling
(2018)
(2018)
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Mae Among the Stars Book Poster Image
Simple bio of first African-American female astronaut.
By Roda Ahmed
(2018)
(2018)
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Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters Book Poster Image
Picture book bio of blues great has dazzling art.
By Michael James Mahin
(2017)
(2017)
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Trombone Shorty Book Poster Image
Fun, upbeat story of a boy, a trombone, and jazz.
By Troy Andrews
(2016)
(2015)
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Rosa Book Poster Image
Spectacular illustrations spotlight Parks' historic protest.
By Nikki Giovanni
(2006)
(2006)
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Freedom in Congo Square Book Poster Image
Slaves' lives, jazz roots shown in stunning nonfiction book.
By Carole Boston Weatherford
(2017)
(2016)
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I Am Harriet Tubman: Ordinary People Change the World Book Poster Image
Courage, doing the right thing are themes in thrilling bio.
By Brad Meltzer
(2018)
(2018)
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Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan Book Poster Image
Document inspires vivid, moving portraits of slaves' lives.
By Ashley Bryan
(2016)
(2016)
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Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat Book Poster Image
Exuberant bio celebrates artist who had success when young.
By Javaka Steptoe
(2017)
(2016)
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When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop Book Poster Image
Insightful, kid-friendly intro to the history of hip-hop.
By Laban Carrick Hill
(2013)
(2013)
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