February is Black History Month and now more than ever it is important for our kids to be learning about the African American experience in our country. There are so many history-makers and trailblazers to learn about. Here are a few books we’ve been reading or are on our to-be-read list right now.
28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World
by Charles R. Smith, Jr. with illustrations by Shane W. Evans
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet
by Misty Copeland with illustrations by Christopher Meyers
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone
by Katheryn Russell-Brown and illustrated by Frank Morrison
by Rep. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin with illustrations by Nate Powell
I haven’t read the March Trilogy yet, but they high are on my list for this year. Written by Congressman John Lewis, one of the iconic figures in the civil rights movement, this series brings history to life through graphic illustrations. Books in the series have been honored with the National Book Award and the Coretta Scott King Award, among other accolades. Please note these are considered young adult graphic novels.