10 Black History Books for Bedtime

At bedtime lately, the kids’ get one book each with me in their bed. Oak usually flips through the pages with me and asks a million and one questions. River reads most of the book alone while I help on any tough words. She’ll usually try and get a few pages of her school book in before dozing off, and there’s always a small rotating stack beside their beds. Last week we went through their books together and even donated about 20 they’ve outgrown. Which of course, left them excited and wondering about when they’d go back and buy or borrow a new book.

 Of course, Black History Month is as good time to really focus on books written about black people by black people. Though I think this should be a constant thing in most homes. Reading with my children has been the root of many of our conversations, and I am so happy to have it. If you’re interested,  here are 10 Black History books for bedtime… 

1. We are the Change

2. Let the Children March

3. 28 Days of Black History: Unsung Heroes

4. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

5. Young, Gifted, and Black

6. Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

7. Katherine Johnson

8. Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captures Black and White America

9. Starstruck: The Cosmic Journey of Neil deGrasse Tyson

10. A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks

Any books on your book shelf that I’ve missed? I’d love to know so we can add to our collection!


P. S A book a month, 2017’s list, and 6 books that Celebrate Curly Hair

4 thoughts on “10 Black History Books for Bedtime

  • Reply Carly February 6, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Henry’s Freedom Box about Henry “box” Brown.

    • Reply latonya February 6, 2019 at 10:38 am

      Thank you Carly!

      He was on my list from a couple of years ago!


  • Reply Deanne February 8, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Cowles, and also Libba by Laura Veirs.

    • Reply latonya February 8, 2019 at 6:10 pm

      Thank you, Deanne!

      Will add!

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