10 books to read with kids about Black history and diversity

 

This week, I’d like to share 10 of our favorite children’s and middle grade books that have helped our family learn about black history and diversity. These books are written by authors of color and include a mix of biographies, autobiographies, non-fiction and fiction stories. My three daughters are ages 8, 11, and 14. We have actually read these books together and love to gift them to friends because they have shaped the way we think about life and history. I hope you will share these with your own children and grandchildren or consider them for gifts for friends/family in the future:

1. Rosa by Nikki Giovanni & illustrated by Bryan Collier

2. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford & illustrated by Kadir Nelson

3. The Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt & illustrated by R.G. Roth

4. Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange & illustrated by Kadir Nelson

5. Grandma’s Tiny House by JaNay Brown-Wood & illustrated by Priscilla Burris

6. Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream by Deloris Jordan & illustrated by Kadir Nelson

7. Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina (autobiography) by Misty Copeland

8. Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson by Katherine Johnson

9. ColorFull: Celebrating the Colors God Gave Us by Dorena Williamson & illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright & Ying-Hwa Hu

10. My Breakfast with Jesus: Worshipping God Around the World by Tina Cho

*What books would you add to this list? Leave a comment about some of your faves!

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