Inspiring Black History Books for Children

Celebrate North American African-American history at home or in the classroom

From biographies of iconic leaders to the story of the Civil Rights movement, these books honor the courage and determination of countless African-American heroes who have stood up against injustice. Keep the conversations and learning going with some of the books below.

The inspiring life of an extraordinary leader

From the "I have a dream" speech to the Selma to Montgomery March, this engaging, accessible biography is a child's perfect introduction to Martin Luther King Jr.

The empowering tale of a trailblazer

Telling the story of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, this engrossing biography traces her barrier-breaking work in helping put the first person on the Moon. It's the perfect classroom companion and an inspiring story for young girls and boys alike.

An invaluable guide for young readers

Exploring the lives of iconic figures like Rosa Parks and Malcom X, this reader for 7 to 9 year olds is the perfect way to spark conversations about equality, injustice, and discrimination.

Portraits of courage through the centuries

This inspiring book takes children on a trip through history, shining the spotlight on powerful and courageous women. Highly visual and packed with facts, it tells the stories of extraordinary African-American women throughout time, including Harriet Tubman, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams.