February is almost upon us! At Lee & Low, we believe that Black history is American history and should be celebrated and taught all year long. But February can be a great time to shine a spotlight on favorite books or freshen up a dated collection with new titles. Here are eight of our favorite Black History Month Books for kindergarten through second grade:
- Knockin’ On Wood, by Lynne Barasch: This is the delightful true story of Clayton “Peg Leg” Bates, one of the most legendary tap dancers of the twentieth century. See the Teacher’s Guide.
- Juneteenth Jamboree, by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Yvonne Buchanan: When Cassie moves back to Texas, she experiences her first Juneteenth celebration and learns what makes June 19th so important. See the Teacher’s Guide.
- Love Twelve Miles Long, by Glenda Armand and illustrated by Colin Bootman: In this gentle story, Frederick Douglass’s mother travels twelve miles by night to visit her son and recounts her journey, mile by mile. See the Teacher’s Guide.
- The Bus Ride, by William Miller and illustrated by John Ward: When Sarah decides to move up to the front of the bus one day, she sets off a commotion that reverberates throughout the city. See the Teacher’s Guide.
- The Secret to Freedom, by Marcia Vaughan and illustrated by Larry Johnson: Set during the years before the Civil War, this story follows young Lucy who longs for freedom and to see her family again. See the Teacher’s Guide.
- The Piano, by William Miller and illustrated by Susan Keeter: Tia loves music. When she accepts a maid’s job from an older White woman, she hopes it will bring her closer to the piano. See the Teacher’s Guide.
- Up the Learning Tree, by Marcia Vaughan and illustrated by Derek Blanks: Enslaved children are not allowed to learn to read and write, but Henry is curious and determined to discover what’s so special about books. See the Teacher’s Guide.
- Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree, by William Miller and illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu: From the top of her chinaberry tree, young Zora dreams of living in the cities beyond the horizon. See the Teacher’s Guide.
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