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Ages 6-8

Celebrate Black History

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A Ride to Remember : A Civil Rights Story by  Sharon Langley
When Sharon Langley was born, amusement parks were segregated, and African American families were not allowed in. This picture book tells how a community came together--both black and white--to make a change. In the summer of 1963, because of demonstrations and public protests the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park in Maryland became desegregated and opened to all for the first time. Sharon and her parents were the first African American family to walk into the park, and Sharon was the first African American child to ride the merry-go-round.
Ablaze With Color : A Story of Painter Alma Thomas by  Jeanne Walker Harvey
Tells the story of painter and teacher Alma Thomas, discussing her childhood, teaching career and activism.
All Aboard the Schooltrain : A Little Story From the Great Migration by Glenda Armand
During the Great Migration in 1930's Louisiana, eight-year-old Jenny tries to understand why a man named Jim Crow is making trouble for her family.
An American Story by Kwame Alexander
A picture book in verse that threads together past and present to explore the legacy of slavery during a classroom lesson.
Choosing Brave : How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement by  Angela Joy
The story of the mother of Emmett Till, and how she channeled grief over her son's death into a call to action for the civil rights movement
Dear Ruby, Hear Our Hearts : Letters to Civil Rights Activist Ruby Bridges by  Ruby Bridges
Dear Ruby, Hear Our Hearts is a compilation of letters from concerned young students about today's issues, including bullying, climate change, gun violence, and racism. Reading Ruby's intuitive and inspirational responses, young readers will embrace the courage to be brave, bold, and confident.
Henry's Freedom Box : A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine
A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry "Box" Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.
Hidden Figures : The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by  Margot Lee Shetterly
Explores the previously uncelebrated but pivotal contributions of NASA's African American women mathematicians to America's space program, describing how Jim Crow laws segregated them despite their groundbreaking successes.
I Am Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer
A biography of Martin Luther King Jr. that tells the story of how he used nonviolence to lead the civil rights movement--|cProvided by publisher.
I Am Ruby Bridges by  Ruby Bridges
When Ruby Bridges was six years old, she became the first African American student to integrate an elementary school in the South. Told in the perspective of her six year old self and based on the pivotal events that happened in 1960, Ruby tells her story like never before. Embracing her name and learning that even at six years old she was able to pave the path for future generations, this is a story full of hope, innocence, and courage.
Ice Cream Man : How Augustus Jackson Made a Sweet Treat Better by Glenda Armand
This picture book biography recounts the extraordinary life of Augustus Jackson, an African American entrepreneur who is known as the 'Father of Ice Cream.
Ketanji Brown Jackson : A Justice for All by  Tami Charles
Discover the incredible story of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, who followed her childhood dream of becoming a lawyer and eventually became the first Black woman to sit on the US Supreme Court in this picture book biography
My Red, White, and Blue by  Alana Tyson
A powerful story about the mixture of pride and pain that one Black family finds in the American flag, and an invitation for each of us to choose how we relate to America, its history, and the flag that means so many things to so many people.
On the Line : My Story of Becoming the First African American Rockette by  Jennifer Jones
In this inspiring picture book autobiography, the first Black Radio City Rockette shares how she proved that everything is possible when you believe you belong.
Ordinary Days : The Seeds, Sound, and City That Grew Prince Rogers Nelson by  Angela Joy
Before Prince became one of the bestselling musicians of all time, he was a boy named Prince Rogers Nelson. Often overlooked and abandoned, he found his own inspiration in the world around him - teaching himself how to play the guitar, the piano, the drums, and much more. And when he grew up, he used these small details of the everyday to make music, and make the world around him more colorful.
Saving the Day : Garrett Morgan's Life-Changing Invention of the Traffic Signal by  Karyn Parsons
The story of Garrett Morgan, an African American inventor, who created the first automatic three-way traffic signal system.
Sweet Justice : Georgia Gilmore and the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Mara Rockliff
A picture book biography about Georgia Gilmore, the woman whose cooking helped feed and fund the Montgomery bus boycott of 1956.
The ABCs of Black History by  Rio Cortez
B is for Beautiful, Brave, and Bright! And for a Book that takes a Bold journey through the alphabet of Black history and culture. Letter by letter, The ABCs of Black History celebrates a story that spans continents and centuries, triumph and heartbreak, creativity and joy. It's a story of big ideas--P is for Power, S is for Science and Soul. Of significant moments--G is for Great Migration. Of iconic figures--H is for Zora Neale Hurston, X is for Malcom X. It's an ABC book like no other, and a story of hope and love.
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
The Newbery Award-winning author of The Crossover pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree.
We Dream a World by  Yolanda Renee King
The granddaughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King delivers a stirring tribute to her grandparents that speaks to children everywhere about her hopes for a new future.
Updated 01/31/2024