February is Black History Month. This celebration was initially introduced as National Negro History Week in 1926, in an effort to raise awareness of the contributions of African Americans to US history, and was expanded to a full month in the 1970s. This month provides an opportunity to celebrate, discuss, and learn from stories written by Black authors, about Black heritage and the historic impact of Black men and women in America.
This month also reminds us of the ongoing need to curate our classrooms with books and materials that are representative of our diverse communities. The books in this list are excellent ways to facilitate conversations about Black history, but the conversations don’t need to stop at the end of the month — these books can stay in your library all year long!
Books for Preschoolers