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Kids' books for Black History Month 2019

Come visit our Children's Department to shop our giant display of kids' books for Black History Month!  Scroll down to shop some of our titles.







A Child's Introduction to African American History: The Experiences, People, and Events That Shaped Our Country (A Child's Introduction Series) Cover Image
By Jabari Asim, Lynn Gaines (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316436427
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - January 2nd, 2018

A comprehensive, entertaining look at heroes, heroines, and critical moments by award-winning author Jabari Asim, The Child's Introduction to African American History is written for young readers aged 8 to 12 and includes a timeline poster of pivotal moments.

Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781629797182
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Published: Calkins Creek - August 28th, 2018

A 2019 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book * A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year * A Booklist Editors' Choice * A Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book * Booklist Top 10 Diverse Books for Middle Grade or Older Readers * A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books

Finding Langston Cover Image
ISBN: 9780823439607
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Published: Holiday House - August 14th, 2018

A Coretta Scott King Honor Book

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, with 5 Starred Reviews, and a School Library Journal Best Book of 2018

When eleven-year-old Langston's father moves them from their home in Alabama to Chicago's Bronzeville district, it feels like he's giving up everything he loves.

Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America: How Jackie Robinson Changed America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780439425926
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - February 2004

A warm, intimate portrait of Jackie Robinson, America's sports icon, told from the unique perspective of a unique insider: his only daughter.

Sharon Robinson shares memories of her famous father in this warm loving biography of the man who broke the color barrier in baseball. Jackie Robinson was an outstanding athlete, a devoted family man and a dedicated civil rights activist.

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062742469
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Published: HarperCollins - January 16th, 2018

Based on the New York Times bestselling book and the Academy Award–nominated movie, author Margot Lee Shetterly and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award winner Laura Freeman bring the incredibly inspiring true story of four black women who helped NASA launch men into space to picture book readers!

Hammering for Freedom: The William Lewis Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9781600609695
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Published: Lee & Low Books - September 25th, 2018

Born into slavery in Chattanooga, Tennessee, William "Bill" Lewis learned the blacksmith trade as soon as he was old enough to grip a hammer. He proved to be an exceptional blacksmith and earned so much money fixing old tools and creating new ones that he was allowed to keep a little money for himself.

Frederick Douglass: The Last Day of Slavery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781880000427
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Published: Lee & Low Books - June 17th, 2005

Named a Smithsonian magazine "Notable Children's Book" and a Hungry Mind Review "Children's Books of Distinction" Finalist, this inspiring story exemplifies how--as Douglass himself said--books and learning are "the pathway from slavery to freedom." A teacher activity guide is available to accompany this book. Full color.

Ellen's Broom Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399250033
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 5th, 2012

A young girl learns a new meaning for freedom during the time of Reconstruction

Ellen always knew the broom resting above the hearth was special. Before it was legal for her mother and father to officially be married, the broom was what made them a family anyway. But now all former slaves who had already been married in their hearts could register as lawful husband and wife.

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763680466
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Published: Candlewick - September 12th, 2017

In luminous paintings and arresting poems, two of children’s literature’s top African-American scholars track Arturo Schomburg’s quest to correct history.

Where is our historian to give us our side? Arturo asked.

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316475112
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 5th, 2017


This beautifully illustrated New York Times bestseller introduces readers of all ages to 40 women who changed the world.

Before She was Harriet Cover Image
ISBN: 9780823420476
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Published: Holiday House - November 7th, 2017

Who was Harriet Tubman before she was Harriet?

Standing Up Against Hate: How Black Women in the Army Helped Change the Course of WWII Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419731600
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - January 8th, 2019

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy Cover Image
By Tony Medina, Javaka Steptoe (Illustrator), R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780998799940
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Published: Penny Candy Books - February 13th, 2018

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy by Tony Medina offers a fresh perspective of young men of color by depicting thirteen views of everyday life: young boys dressed in their Sunday best, running to catch a bus, and growing up to be teachers, and much more. Each of Tony Medina's tanka is matched with a different artist--including recent Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Award recipients.