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By Deidre Beltran del Rio, Chelan Library

Do you feel hesitant in teaching your younger child about Black History because of hard truths? You don’t need to. Picture books are a great resource to help explain how people have been separated because of skin color, how unfair that is, and what people have done and are doing to bring about change.

Use picture books to teach your child the lessons of perseverance, courage, problem solving and empathy of Black History.

The circle you create with your child in your lap, and book in your hands is a safe space to share thoughts, feelings, and concerns.

Expand your child’s world with picture books celebrating Black History and culture!

Please Baby, Please by Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee

Crown- Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes

I Love My Hair! by Natasha Tarpley

Hair Love by Matthew A Cherry

I am every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes  

Elizabeti’s Doll by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen

Chocolate Me by Taye Diggs

Something Beautiful by Shoron Dennis Wyeth

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

For more ideas about sharing Black History with young children:

Online Resources for Learning To Read


Teaching Your Child About Black History, PBS for Parents

Celebrating and Learning about Black History, Reading Rockets

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