We don’t need a reason to expand our kids’ bookshelves and fill them with titles that honor, remember and celebrate the history of African-American people and events, but Black History Month—which takes place in February every year—is yet another occasion to do so. (Better yet, it’s a critical opportunity to talk to young kids about race.) Here, a selection of our favorite new (and new-ish) picture books on the subject.
14 Must-Read Picture Books in Honor of Black History Month
1. the Abcs Of Black History By Rio Cortez
Ages 5 to 10
This A to Z guide spans continents and centuries to tell a breathtaking—and deeply imaginative re-telling—of the Black stories that represent triumph and heartbreak at the same time. This materializes as “C is for Community” or “J is for Juneteeth,” but woven within each rhyming line are the detailed stories of the people, places and events that have shaped an entire culture, from Fannie Lou Hamer to Sam Cooke.