Black History Month, February 2019
No matter how young your kiddos are, don’t let Black History Month pass you by without talking to them about the significance of this month and what we’re celebrating. Even as kids, we ourselves remember being introduced to Black History Month, and although we were young, we could understand the weight this month holds for so many and although not fully understanding everything, we felt the power and magnitude of it. We cannot underestimate the significance of living this paradox before our children’s eyes: we can grieve the past and present injustices while celebrating and memorializing the overcomers, their lives and their victories. Talk to your kids, even if you think they’re not soaking it in, talk anyway. Let them ask questions, be honest with them.
Thanks to our sister site in South Austin, below is a list of top picks to read with your children throughout the month of February.
- Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
- Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport
- Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz with Renee Watson
- The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
- I am Rosa Parks (Ordinary People Change the World) by Brad Meltzer
- Bedtime Inspirational Stories: 50 Amazing Black People Who Changed the Worldby L.A. Amber (Kindle Edition so you could start reading tonight!)
- I Am Enough by Grace Byers
- Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti by Gerald McDermott
- Bright Eyes, Brown Skin by Cheryl Hudson
- The Dream Keeper and Other Poems by Langston Hughes
- Obama: The Boy Who Would Grow Up To Be: President Barak Obama by A.D. Largie
- I Love My Hair! by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley