10 Books to Read with Your Child During Black History Month

Feb 16, 2024 by Alexa Bigwarfe, in News & updates

We've curated a collection of ten stories that entertain and educate children about the rich tapestry of Black history and culture. These stories are powerful tools for inspiring young minds and fostering a deeper understanding of the African American experience. Join us as we explore stories that resonate with hope, courage, and inclusivity. 

Happy Tears and Rainbow Babies 

Walk with Rosie and Capi as they discover the meaning of "happy tears" and "rainbow babies” with their Mom and Dad. This story shares the lessons of one family's healing and hope after experiencing the pain of miscarriage. Authored by Natasha Melissa Carlow, this book is not only a touching story but also an incredible resource for families of color navigating pregnancy and loss in their homes. Written as a conversation from a mother to her children, it offers a universal message of faith, healing, and resilience that families everywhere can share and find solace in.

The Colour of Us by Karen Katz

Lena wants to use brown paint for her drawing of herself. As she and her mum walk through the neighborhood, Lena learns that brown comes in many different shades.

Karen Katz created this book for her daughter, Lena, whom she and her husband adopted from Guatemala.

Dream Big, Little One (Little Leaders) by Vashti Harrison

Dream Big, Little One features 18 black female role-models. Among these women, you'll find heroes, role models, and everyday women who did extraordinary things. This board book will inspire its readers to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Princess Hair by Sharee Miller

This book celebrates different hair shapes, textures, and styles. From locks to blowouts to braids, Princess Hair highlights the diversity of black hair, showing  readers that every kind of hair is princess hair.


Sulwe by Vashti Harrison

Sulwe’s skin is darker than everyone in her family and everyone at her school. Sulwe wants to be like her mum and sister but a walk in the night sky changes everything. A moving story about colorism and inner beauty. 


Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn

Every Tuesday Lola and mum go to the library where Lola can meet her friends and share books. They have so much fun there and always get a treat on the way home! Lola at the Library encourages children to discover the love of reading, especially at the library. 

Hair Love by Matthew Cherry

Zuri’s hair has coils, curls and kinks and a mind of its own. But it's up to Zuri’s dad to step in and style it and will he be able to do it?

Luckily he will do anything to make Zuri happy. Hair Love celebrates loving your natural hair and the relationship between father and daughter. 

Who Will You Be? By Andrea Pippins

This story is about a mum wondering what her child will be like when they grow up. Will they have the same compassion as Amy or be curious like Grandpa? But beyond that what other qualities will they possess? 

The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes

Starting kindergarten is a big deal! And the hero of this story is ready to take it all on. He tackles his jam-packed day with enormous amounts of enthusiasm and is so excited to tell his parents all about his day!


Mike Nero and the Superhero School 

Have you been to a place where diversity and inclusion take center stage? Mikey's first day at his exceptional school is unlike any other. In an environment that celebrates uniqueness, Mikey meets a diverse group of classmates and an inspiring principal. As a shy newcomer, he discovers his own special ability, realizing that everyone, regardless of appearance, holds inherent value. With newfound confidence and acceptance, can Mikey use his unique power to foster a more inclusive and welcoming atmosphere for all students? Explore this empowering story, where embracing diversity and individuality is the ultimate strength.


We hope these stories have ignited a passion for learning, empathy, and celebration of diversity in your hearts and homes. Remember, the power of storytelling extends far beyond the pages of a book—it is a bridge that connects us, fosters understanding, and inspires positive change. As we continue to honor and recognize the contributions of Black voices throughout history, let us carry the lessons and inspiration from these stories forward, ensuring that their impact echoes for generations to come.