9 Black History Books To Read in 2018
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Black History is a few short days away and if you’ve followed Mamademics for awhile you know that it’s one of my favorite times of the year. I always try to share a book list for children but this year I’m sharing a list of books for children AND parents. Creating last year’s Black History curriculum for children 6 and under reminded me that parents need to brush up on their Black History as well.
This list of books is a great precursor for the topics to expect in the 6 and under and 7-12 curriculum.
The first comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party. The authors analyze key political questions, such as why so many young black people across the country risked their lives for the revolution, why the Party grew most rapidly during the height of repression, and why allies abandoned the Party at its peak of influence.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the Harlem Renaissance, so of course, I’m including a book about the time period on this list. This book isn’t just any book about Harlem Renaissance. It’s a choose your own adventure book, where children immerse themselves into the time period by picking their own paths. (Recommended for ages 8-12)
By now every young adult and adult should know about Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four female African American mathematicians at NASA.
Recommended for grades 6 and up, this book tells the stories of five enslaved people who were “owned” by four of our greatest presidents, including George Washington and Andrew Jackson.
If you’re ready to confront the reality of slavery in America, The Invisibles is a start.
Introduce your children to other children their age who marched for desegregation in Birmingham in 1963.
Is your little one obsessed with astronomy and outer space? This is the perfect bedtime story. It follows the dreams of Mae Jemison, who went on to become the first Black woman to explore outer space.
This book takes a look at Chicago’s Great Migration from the perspective of young Black girls. It focuses on the years between 1910 and 1940, when Chicago’s black population quintupled.
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If you’re ready to celebrate Black History all year, be sure to check out the Black History is American History curriculum.