Are you introducing some African American history topics to young children? Here are a few recent picture books that introduce heroes, address segregation and integration, or bring a little attention to lesser-known people from history:
Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds
From the back of the bus, an African American child watches the arrest of Rosa Parks.
The Hallelujah Flight by Phil Bildner
In 1932, James Banning, along with his co-pilot Thomas Allen, make history by becoming the first African Americans to fly across the United States, relying on the generosity of people they meet in the towns along the way who help keep their “flying jalopy” going.
In the Garden with Doctor Carver by Susan Grigsby
A fictionalized account of how plant scientist George Washington Carver came to an Alabama school and taught the children how to grow plants and reap the rewards of nature’s bounty.
Wonder Horse: The True Story of the World’s Smartest Horse by Emily Arnold McCully
A fictionalized account of Bill “Doc” Key, a former slave who became a veterinarian, trained his horse, Jim Key, to recognize letters and numbers and to perform in skits around the country, and moved the nation toward a belief in treating animals humanely.
Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin A. Ramsey
When Ruth and her parents take a motor trip from Chicago to Alabama to visit her grandma, they rely on a pamphlet called “The Negro Motorist Green Book” to find places that will serve them.
My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart by Angela Farris Watkins
A young girl introduces readers to her uncle, Martin Luther King Jr., describing what he does and family moments they have shared.
Busing Brewster by Richard Michelson
Bused across town to a school in a white neighborhood of Boston in 1974, a young African American boy named Brewster describes his first day in first grade.