5 Books To Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month, just one of the many times throughout the school year to celebrate and share stories with your students about individuals who fought for equality, challenged belief systems, and trail blazed new ideas. We’ve compiled a list of five books (along with some activities) to share with your class this month and all year long.

Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

This book tells the story of Henry “Box” Brown, a slave that mailed himself in a wooden crate in order to find freedom.

Check out Scholastic’s teaching guide for this story here.

Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport

A powerful introduction to Dr. Martin Luther Jr. and his legacy. The book uses quotes taken directly from Dr. King and interweaves them throughout this compelling story.

Find ideas for before and after reading activities here.

Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges recounts her memory of being the first black child to attend a New Orleans public elementary school and the moment she realized “everything had happened because she was black.”

Find a grade 3-5 lesson plan to accompany this book here.

When the Beat Was Born by Laban Carrick Hill

This books presents the biography of DJ Kool Herc, a pioneer in the development of hip hop and rap music.


Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Harrison shares the stories of 40 inspiring black women in American history whose choices made the world better for women and girls.



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