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.

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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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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+

Slaves' lives, jazz roots shown in stunning nonfiction 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)
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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)
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Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History Poster Image
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Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History

age 5+

Vibrant celebration of heroes in African American history.

By: Schele Williams (2021)
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Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

age 6+

Splendid biography of first Black Pulitzer Prize winner.

By: Suzanne Slade (2020)
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The Faith of Elijah Cummings: The North Star of Equal Justice

age 6+

Inspiring biography of American hero and activist.

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