By: Christa Protano
If you haven’t already, February is a great time to start introducing the next generation to some of the most celebrated black heroes, athletes, and musicians of our time. In honor of Black History Month, here are four titles that will school your little one with a fun, age-appropriate history lesson.
When they get older, your kids will probably think that your musical preferences are not-so cool. That’s why we love this award-winning board book that will teach them at a young age all about the hip-hop world’s greats, from Grandmaster Flash to Kendrick Lamar.
It’s never too early for children to find a role model, and the sports world has plenty. Baby Ballers: Michael Jordan dives into the life of the greatest basketball player of all time in kid-friendly board-book style with colorful illustrations and playful rhyming text.
To begin, we recommend adding some diversity to your child’s bookshelf with this interactive board book. Push, pull, and slide elements on each page will keep your preschooler engaged as they learn how Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Serena Williams, and Maya Angelou changed the course of history.
If your grade schooler is into comic books, check out this series that tells the stories of real-life black American superheroes. Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, and Mohammed Ali each get their own graphic novel featuring historically accurate text, full-color illustrations, and inspiring life lessons for readers of all ages.