Sunday, January 30, 2022

Best Read Alouds for Black History Month in Early Elementary

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Best Read Alounds for Black History Month in Early Elementary | Apples to Applique

Black History is American History and should be taught year-round. I work hard to read books featuring diverse characters to my students and to have such books accessible to them at all times in my classroom library. However, during the month of February, officially named Black History Month, I think we all would do well to make a conscious effort of reading such books in our classrooms. Here are some of my favorites:

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson

Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport   

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe

Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold

The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles

The Story of Black History Biographies for New Readers

The ABCs of Black History by Rio Cortez

Rosa by Nikki Giovanni

Black History Picture Books for Kids by Jasmine Riviera

Stacey's Extraordinary Words by Stacey Abrams

Human Computer: Mary Jackson, Engineer by Andi Diehn

Computer Decoder: Dorothy Vaughan, Computer Scientist by Andi Diehn

Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed

I would love to hear your favorite Black History read alouds for early elementary!

Keep teaching with heart and passion!

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