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Black History Month books

Kids’ book picks for Black History Month

Explore meaningful journeys through both the authors’ and illustrators’ eyes.

Black History Month books:

I am excited to share these four new standout titles to enjoy and learn from. With beautiful illustrations, each of these books offers an opportunity to explore meaningful journeys through both the authors’ and illustrators’ eyes. They are not to be missed!


Dream Street 

by Tricia Elam Walker and Ekua Holmes

Dream Street describes a neighborhood through the kaleidoscopic lens of the inhabitants’ dreams. Based on author Tricia Elam Walker’s and illustrator Ekua Holmes’ own experiences as cousins growing up together, Dream Street is a delightful character exploration featuring a wide cast. It’s a fun read with richly vibrant art that will be sure to entertain.



 by JR and Vanessa Ford; illustrated by Kayla Harren

Written by prominent LGBTQ+ activists JR and Vanessa Ford, Calvin is the story of how young Calvin comes out as transgender to his family and the world. It’s not only a sweet story about being authentically yourself, but also an excellent teaching tool for best practices to help ease a childhood transition. Accompanied by sweet illustrations, Calvin is a great read for all.


The 1619 Project: Born on the Water 

by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson; illustrated by Nikkolas Smith

Born on the Water is part of the 1619 Project and is both poetic and educational. With captivating imagery provided by Nikkolas Smith, Born on the Water is the story of the Kingdom of Ndongo and how people were kidnapped and forced aboard a slave ship bound for America. Told from the perspective of a young Black girl feeling unsure of how to represent her family tree, Born on the Water is a visually stunning telling of American history.


The Year We Learned to Fly

by Jacqueline Woodson; illustrated by Rafael López

The Year We Learned to Fly is about how a sister and brother deal with unfavorable circumstances with a trick taught to them by their grandma. Written by Jacqueline Woodson, the story draws inspiration from African folklore brought over and passed down by the generations. Brought to life by Rafael López, The Year we Learned to Fly is a fun read with a hint of magic.


Thank you to Third Place Books for these recommendations.

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