Although February is designated Black History Month, we wanted to put together a list of some of our FAVORITE books and resources that you can use all throughout the year to help celebrate the lives of African-American inventors, activists, and key figures. Let’s celebrate some of these incredible men and women!
I Am Harriet Tubman covers the childhood and adult life of Harriet Tubman. The story includes a timeline and photos at the end of the book. You can grab the book here and then have your students write about Harriet Tubman and make this craft from Sweet Sensations.
This is a great chapter book is for older students to tackle on their own, or you can use it as a read aloud for younger grades. The book is full of interesting facts that even the biggest Jackie Robinson fans might not know. You can grab the book here and then have your students make their own paper bag book about his life. You can find the paper bag book resource from Mrs. D’s Corner by clicking the picture below.
This is one of our favorite MLK books! The book beautifully combines information about MLK’s life with quotes from his famous speeches. You can order the book from Amazon by clicking here. Be sure and check out the Book Social literacy set from Samantha Henry and Jordan Dunagan. It features a literacy activity, reading & writing responses, text conversation cards, social situations, and a craftivity!
When Marian Sang is the story of a talented opera singer starting from her childhood to her international fame later in life. With courage and determination, she pioneered equality for artists of color. You can find the book here. Click the picture below to check out this Rooted In Reading activity for 3rd grade from Amy Lemons and Katie King.
You can view Marian Anderson singing on YouTube here.
Celebrate all the colors and shades that we are with this sweet book. The author beautifully matches the skin color of each character with foods and spices. Lina is the color of cinnamon, mom is the color of French toast, Sonia is the color of peanut butter, and Isabella is chocolate brown like the cupcakes they ate. The illustrations are so colorful! You can get this book here. After sharing this book with your class, you can have your class use multi-cultural crayons, colored pencils, markers, people shapes, and multi-color paper to make some of the characters in this book.
This is an autobiography about Troy Andrews, aka Trombone Shorty. Trombone Shorty didn’t always have the money to buy an instrument, but he had the dream to play music and sing. This is the story about a boy from New Orleans who made his dream come true. You can get the book here. The Rooted In Reading Bundle from Amy Lemons & Katie King we mentioned above also includes activities for this book! To read more about it, just click the picture below!
You can listen to Trombone Shorty on YouTube here.
Meet the man who invented peanut butter! Learn about his important work with peanuts and other plants. You can find the book here. Click the picture below to check out this flip book from Sam Van Gorp.
This is the story of Henry Brown who mails himself in a crate to freedom. The book covers many of the hardships that Henry faces. Henry is both determined and fearless and this book tells the story in a powerful way! You can get this book on Amazon here. Jordan Dunagan and Samantha Henry have a Book Social literacy set for this book complete with reading and writing response pages, a literacy activity, text discussion cards, and a craftivity where students make a timeline of Henry’s life. You can check it out by clicking the picture below.
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Cole
This book shares the story of Ruby Bridges who became a pioneer for integration at the young age of six! You can find the book here and share her story of bravery with your students. After reading the book, you can have your students create a beautiful mosaic poster of Ruby Bridges using the collage resource from Art with Jenny K. You can also find a mosaic for MLK like the one that Carlanda Willams made with her class.
Here is another great one from Brad Meltzer about Rosa Parks. He writes about how ordinary people can change the world. The story of Ruby Bridges will help your students appreciate the real heroes! You can find the book here and pick up this great resource from Emily Education to go with it.
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