Celebrate Black History Month with these Great Children’s Books

Updated: May 28, 2019

Omera Team

Black History Month presents an excellent opportunity to educate your children about the outstanding achievements of African and African-American men and women.  Here is a collection of non-fiction and historical fiction books written by African-American authors to help children learn about the historical contributions of African and African-Americans.

1. Zaynab's Enchanted Scarf by Robyn Abdusamad

Join little Zaynab on an adventure to Africa where she meets King Mansa Musa, Queen Amina and Queen Nefertiti.  Learn about the historic

al achievements of Africans before slavery. This is a great book for teachers and children ages 6 and up, and it is available online at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.


2. What Am I? by Papatia Feauxtar

When Nouredine goes to his first day of school at Fitra Pre-School, his joy is crushed when one of his schoolmates asked, ‘What are you?’ and mockeries ensued. He turns to his parents for an answer which satisfies him. This book uses a theist approach to discuss race issues with biracial children from Black and White parents. We can all agree that the 'What Race Are You?' is an inevitable question biracial and mixed race children will face at least once in their lives if not permanently. Nouredine's father is an American citizen originally from the Balkans. His mother is also a US citizen originally from West Africa. Nouredine is American and was born in Texas. Depending on how the reader looks at it, Nouredine can be considered African-American, biracial or multi-racial. Available online at Amazon.com


3. The Adventures of Papa Lemon’s Little Wanderers Meeting Dr. Martin Luther King by Lehman Riley

Meet the Little Wanderers and their neighborhood grandfather, Papa Lemon. When the kids receive a disappointing history project, not one of them has any idea about the excitement that is in store for them. Papa Lemon surprises everyone with a secret that quickly turns a boring homework assignment into an adventure that the kids won't soon forget. Available online at Amazon.com or www.papalemonedu.com


4.  Terrell and Keke’s Adventures Through Time: Traveling the Underground Railroad by Kesha Rushing

Eleven-year-old Terrell and his 8 year-old sister, Keke, are time-travelers. Only they don’t know it yet. All they know is it’s the end of school year, their parents are having financial troubles and they must leave their friends in Chicago to spend the summer with their grandparents in small-town Tennessee. An entire summer with a sassy, annoying little sister following his every step?! This may be Terrell’s most boring summer ever. Or, will it? The woods behind his grandparents’ house are deep, dark and forbidden - the perfect place for an adventure. The pair discover a hidden cabin and a trunk full of books that will lead them on a whirlwind adventure through time. Their first stop? The Underground Railroad led by the famous abolitionist, Harriet Tubman. On their journey they will travel as runaways and experience the danger, fear and courage that many slaves experienced on their journey to freedom. Terrell & Keke’s Adventures Through Time is a spell-binding series that transports readers to world events from the past and future. Travel with this brother and sister as they learn more about history, and themselves, on their journeys around the globe. Available online at Amazon.com


5. Odoi Starts School

by Margaret Ellen Bynoe

This book tells the true story of Odoi, a young boy growing up in Ghana who is keen to start school and earn.  Odoi's mother uses an African tradition to determine whether Odoi is developed enough to start school.  Available on Amazon.com


6. The Eyes of a Tigress: From Royalty to Enslavement by Kimberly B. Jones

Nine-year-old Aida is the daughter of an African king. She had lived a happy and carefree life in her village, surrounded by family and friends, where she was treated like royalty. But her perfect world is shattered when she is taken prisoner and sold into slavery to the Queen of France. Having her name changed to Raina Destiny, Aida is forced into a life of domestic servitude which may have broken her but instead fills her with a resolve to one day return to her home. As time passes, the queen becomes fond of the African girl, who shows herself to be competent and intelligent, being able to read and write in several languages. But that doesn’t mean that everyone likes her and some of the other house workers became jealous because of her relationship with the queen and there is still a long way to go before she can gain their trust. Eventually, when slavery is abolished, the queen offers Raina a choice, to remain or to return to the life she had. But what will she do? Her life is now in France, but her heart will always be in Africa. Will she remain and live as a French lady, or return to the life of royalty she once enjoyed? Whatever she decides, it could change history.  Available online at Amazon.com


7. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Featuring forty trailblazing black women in American history, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of breaking boundaries and achieving beyond expectations. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash. Available online at Amazon.com


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