Right now, when we hear so much disturbing and hateful rhetoric, it’s so important to remember that our diversity has been – and always will be – our greatest source of strength and pride here in the United States.
In celebration of Michelle Obama’s quote, may I suggest some children’s books that shed light on the events and people that brought us to Black History Month 2022.
1. “Teach Your Dragon Diversity” by Steve Herman
2. “The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read” by Rita Lorraine Hubbard and Oge Mora
3. “The Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre” by Carole Boston Weatherford and Floyd Cooper
4. “Changes Sings: A Children’s Anthem” by Amanda Gorman, photo by Loren Long
5. “Call Us What We Wear: Poems by Amanda Gorman”
6. “Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball” by Jen Bryant, art by Frank Morrison
7. “Because Claudette” by Tracey Baptiste, illustrations by Tonya Engel
8. “Sit-In: How Four Friends Stand up by Sitting Down” by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrations by Brian Pinkney
You can find all of these recommendations on Amazon and at local libraries. As a parent, research the book to decide for yourself if it is right for your child’s age and needs.
Although children’s books are labeled “for children”, I think the text can often be aimed at older children. Picture books are for all ages.
Happy Black History Month!