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6 Books to Help Young Readers Learn About Black History

Written by on February 4, 2024

To educate young readers about Black history, experts recommend literature as a valuable resource. Books can engage children in the nuanced aspects of Black history, fostering curiosity and understanding. During Black History Month, figures like Meg Medina, the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, highlight the importance of providing children with rich texts that respect their intelligence and curiosity. Recommendations for Black History Month reading include diverse selections from authors, librarians, and bookstore employees suitable for various age groups. Among the recommended titles are “A Library” by Nikki Giovanni, “Bright April” by Marguerite de Angeli, “I Am Ruby Bridges” by Ruby Bridges, “Schomburg: The Man Who Built A Library” by Carole Boston Weatherford, “The Black Kids” by Christina Hammonds Reed, and “ABC Black History and Me” by Queenbe Monyei. These books offer insights into Black culture, history, and identity and serve as mirrors and windows for young readers to see themselves and learn about others.

Source: NPR

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