Teaching Black History to Children - Part 2

Yesterday I shared 4 wonderful books for teaching your children about black history. And today, I have 4 more books that I'm so excited to share with you.


I loved the movie Hidden Figures, and I have the book buried somewhere in the 250+ books in my to-read stacks (if only I could figure out where it was.) But I had no idea it was a children's book as well. I can't even describe the level of excitement I felt when I realized there was a children's book too!!!!!!


For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Ruby Bridges story, Ruby was the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school. This book was beautiful. I dare you to try to read this book without crying. I couldn't do it. I'm getting choked up just thinking about the book.


All of the books I've featured so far have been for younger children, but I wanted to also include a few books for children age 8-12. The author of this book, Yona Zeldis McDonough has written several other books in this series; Who Was Sojourner Truth?, Who Was Rosa Parks?, Who Was Martin Lurther King Jr? and Who Was Frederick Douglas? and What Was the March On Washington? They're all wonderful books worth checking out!


This book is also for 8-12 year olds. Although this 38-year-old learned things while reading this book (wow, it's embarrassing to read a children's book and realize there are things in the book I should already know about but don't.) This would be a great book for your older child to read by themselves, but it could also provide a wonderful opportunity to read and discuss as a family!

What are your favorite books about black history? I would love to hear about it in the comments section.


  1. My son loves the Who Was books. I want to read and watch Hidden Figures with my kids too!

  2. Another crop of interesting and instructive books.

  3. You're actually the second person to mention the Hidden Figures children's book this week; I didn't know it existed either! Wonderful round-up of kiddie literature (also that's happened to me before, too, where I read a book and think "wow, that's embarrassing. I had NO idea!" HA!). Hope you have a great weekend :)

  4. I tend to get my history through historical fiction. Otherwise, I lean toward biographies.

    1. I love historical fiction as well. I love history, but a lot of non-fiction history books fail to bring history to live. I don't just want to know the dates and the basic information, I want to know what it felt like to live then. I think that's why I always loved the Little House books!

  5. Hidden Figures is an excellent book for the kids! Couldn't have put together a better list. I'll definitely be getting a few of these for my niece.


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