Monday, February 13, 2012

MORE Book Recommendations for Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month Throughout the Year with Books and Learning Resources

For parents, grandparents, homeschoolers, and other adults who live and work with children, finding the right book for your kids can be challenging. In honor of Black History month, we've rounded up a few authoritative reading lists and other resources to help you share African-American heritage with the young people in your February as well as throughout the year!

The New York Times Black History Bookshelf recommends some compelling choices, including the picture book When Grandmama Sings by Margaree King Mitchell and illustrated by James E. Ransome, as well as Best Shot in the West: The Adventures of Nat Love by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick L. McKissack, illustrated by Randy DuBurke. To read the entire list, click here.

The Black History Month page on provides not only recommended books, but also video interviews with authors, poets, and illustrators; activities for home and classroom; and other resources.

For older readers, check out the extensive themed lists on, which include Multicultural Stories, More Multicultural Stories, and the winners of the Coretta Scott King Awards, which recognize outstanding books by African American writers and illustrators.

For even more learning resources, check out the Black History Month page on, which includes lesson plans, activities, and other resources, such as the NAACP Interactive Timeline and the Spotlight on African-American Scientists.