Black History Month Reading List

Black History Month Reading List

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Even though we are half way through the month, we have been reading several books that include black characters, stories and history lessons.

“It’s so important to have representation for people of color!”

Several books are from our own personal stash, however, this year I decided to check out a few from our local library. Reading to the kids at night is our special routine, we are 99% committed and consistent. That rare 1% happens when we are traveling or get home extremely late, and late as in getting home at 9:30 -10 pm.

When I had my babyshower for Elle we asked our family and friends to bring books in luie of cards, this was the start of our children’s library. I truly believe that reading to Elle wach night has accounted for her love of reading.

The boys are so excited when it’s story time as well. They often take trips to the local library with their Nana for reading groups and it’s a great way to meet new friends.

This month I really wanted to be intentional with our story times and make sure that 90% of our books were about stories with black characters. Reading some of these new stories is like a breath of fresh air. I’m so proud when the kids are asking questions and trying to figure out WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE & WHY of these history lessons.

Introducing your child to their history is so important. For me its hard having to explain rasism, segregation and oppression to the younger kids, but I would rather them learn from home first and I try to simplify it on their level. So without further ado here’s our list. Some books are for fun, some are lessons and some are just to bring awareness of characters of color.

We received this book as a gift when Elle was a baby. This is a HWTH fave!!

We received this book as a gift when Elle was a baby. This is a HWTH fave!!

I purchased this book for Elle when she was about 2yes old and having issues about her curly hair. This book teaches kids to love themselves no matter their appearance or flaws!

I purchased this book for Elle when she was about 2yes old and having issues about her curly hair. This book teaches kids to love themselves no matter their appearance or flaws!

This book was another purchase when Elle was little just to add more representation to our children’s library. It’s also a classic book as well.

This book was another purchase when Elle was little just to add more representation to our children’s library. It’s also a classic book as well.

We purchased this book for Elle at an African American festival. Elle was about a year old and I swore it would be a keepsake since we had finally had our first Black President! But I’m a mom first and when Elle got older and more aware of current day events she just had to read this story.

We purchased this book for Elle at an African American festival. Elle was about a year old and I swore it would be a keepsake since we had finally had our first Black President! But I’m a mom first and when Elle got older and more aware of current day events she just had to read this story.

This book is a new purchase from Amazon, I actually bought it last week and it’s a really good read. Be prepared for several questions as it speaks on history and it’s not a book you can finish in one night but it’s a good lesson.

This book is a new purchase from Amazon, I actually bought it last week and it’s a really good read. Be prepared for several questions as it speaks on history and it’s not a book you can finish in one night but it’s a good lesson.

We borrowed this book form our local library . The kids really enjoyed this one and I was able to tell the kids stories of me and my super soaker growing up . I am going to purchase this book as well.

We borrowed this book form our local library . The kids really enjoyed this one and I was able to tell the kids stories of me and my super soaker growing up . I am going to purchase this book as well.

This is such a good book with over 50 short stories and you get to have a mixture of present day and past heroes. Adding this to our purchase list, we borrowed this from our local library.

This is such a good book with over 50 short stories and you get to have a mixture of present day and past heroes. Adding this to our purchase list, we borrowed this from our local library.

This is another borrow from the library and it really resonated with Maveric. He had so many questions, Elle has already read this one but still enjoyed the story.

This is another borrow from the library and it really resonated with Maveric. He had so many questions, Elle has already read this one but still enjoyed the story.

This comic collection by Golden Legacy was purchased last year, Elle has really been enjoying the stories. I highly recommend these for older kids. I’m so happy to have these and look forward to reading each book.

This comic collection by Golden Legacy was purchased last year, Elle has really been enjoying the stories. I highly recommend these for older kids. I’m so happy to have these and look forward to reading each book.

I hope that you found a new book to read to your litttle ones this month, and if you did please tag me when you post the photo. Be sure to share this post with family and friends. Until next time…..

XO,

Meka

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