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Inspiring Children's Books for Black History Month

Celebrate Black history at home or in the classroom

February is Black History Month and we've rounded up our top kids' books to educate and inspire young readers. From biographies of iconic leaders to the story of the Civil Rights movement, these books honor the courage and determination of countless Black heroes who have helped change the world. Browse the list below.

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A unique visual look at the history of Black people

Boasting more than 30 visual timelines, this kids’ reference for readers ages 9–12 explores the biographies of famous—and not-so-famous—Black writers, royalty, inventors, scientists, and more.
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An invaluable guide for young readers

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

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The incredible biography of a groundbreaking athlete

Discover the inspiring story of Jesse Owens, African American track and field athlete and Olympic gold medalist, in this latest biography in the DK Life Stories series.
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An up-close look at an American trailblazer

This informative biography introduces readers to Harriet Tubman, a fearless activist and abolitionist who helped free many slaves during the American Civil War.
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The inspiring life of an extraordinary leader

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

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The empowering tale of a brilliant thinker

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.

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The revolutionary story of a South African leader

In this kids’ biography, delve into the life of Nelson Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison and went on to become South Africa’s first Black president.