Black History Month grew out of Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s (pictured) idea for a “Negro History Week,” in the 1920s.

Each February, Americans across the United States commemorate Black History Month, a month-long national celebration of the contributions and achievements that black men and women have made throughout U.S. and world history.


How’s your school celebrating Black History Month? Let us know in the comments below!

Honoring Black History Month remains as important as it has ever been, as it is a reminder that black people and culture are inseparably woven into the fabric of America. Black History Month is a celebration of identity and activism that serves as a month-long call to action for citizens to learn, understand, recognize, and accept the key contributions that black men and women have made in all aspects of American society.

In celebration of Black History Month, we have compiled the following list of books, websites, and activities that anyone, including students and teachers, can reference, study, read, and enjoy throughout the entire year. It is our hope that you will enjoy and learn from these outstanding works and historical resources. If you have further book and/or website suggestions, please leave them in the comments below!

“What you refer to as Negro [black] history is nothing more than the missing pages of world history.” – Arturo Schomburg


Elementary Grades (K–5)

  • 36585889-_uy630_sr1200630_A Night Out with Mama by Quvenzhané Wallis, art by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
  • Cleo Edison Oliver in Persuasion Power by Sundee T. Frazier
  • Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, art by Gordon C. James
  • Hidden Figures: The True Story for Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly, art by Laura Freeman
  • I Am Enough by Grace Byers, art by Keturah A. Bobo
  • Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 5: Mission Star-Power by Marti Dumas, art by Stephanie Parcus
  • Jupiter Storm by Marti Dumas, art by Stephanie Parcus
  • Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs, and Stories from an African American Childhood by Patricia C. McKissack, art by‎ Brian Pinkney
  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
  • Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed, art by Stasia Burrington
  • Mixed Me by Taye Diggs, art by Shane W. Evans
  • Nadia Knox and the Eye of Zinnia by Jessica McDougle
  • Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
  • Trombone Shorty by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, art by Bryan Collier

Middle Grades (6–8)

  • 51iczaaldml-_sx328_bo1204203200_Betty Before X by  Ilyasah Shabazz and Renée Watson
  • Booked by Kwame Alexander
  • Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia, art by Frank Morrison
  • Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental American Man by Tonya Bolden
  • Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Martin Rising: Requiem for a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney, art by Brian Pinkney
  • Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander, art by Ekua Holmes
  • Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes
  • The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore
  • Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
  • Sunny (Track Series) by Jason Reynolds
  • Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes

High School Grades (9–12)

  • iaaj_final_coverAmerican Street by Ibi Zoboi
  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld
  • Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet (Books 2 & 3) by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • I Am Alfonso Jones: A Graphic Novel by Tony Medina, art by Stacey Robinson & John Jennings
  • Monster: A Graphic Novel by Walter Dean Myers, Adapted by Guy A. Sims, art by Dawud Anyabwile
  • Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
  • Reflections by Rosa Parks: The Quiet Strength and Faith of a Woman Who Changed a Nation by Rosa Parks with Gregory J. Reed
  • Solo by Kwame Alexander



In the film, “Imitation of Life,” Louise Beavers (left) plays a maid whose daughter, Fredi Washington (right), passes for white. This movie is one of the New York Times’ “28 Days, 28 Films for Black History Month.”  (Photo by Universal Pictures, via Photofest)



This monument to Frederick Douglass at the Frederick Douglass Circle near Central Park is one of several monuments across the City dedicated to black history. (Photo by NYC Parks)

We hope this helps kick-start your Black History Month! Have additional suggestions? Let us know in the comments below!

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