Reading is an essential skill, especially for students. Not only does it help them learn and explore the world, it can improve their mental health. That’s why books are such a great learning resource. It allows us to engage in our own past, learn more about the state of current events, and imagine the future. It can also help us engage with cultures that we are not a part of in meaningful ways and learn how we can contribute to a better, more inclusive society. For Black History Month, books can help us do a deep dive into the richness of Black culture and strengthen the connection to heritage or learn something new.
Here are some of our favorite books that celebrate Black history for students at different grade levels. Consider using these recommendations for a Black History Month reading list, and to create guided discussions.