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7 Great Books about Black History for Children 0-6+ Years

February 25, 2021

As Black History Month in Canada draws to a close, it’s important to remember that children benefit from learning about Black stories not just in February but 365 days a year.

Learning about Black history helps Black children to see themselves and helps non-Black children to have a more diverse understanding of the people who shaped our country. Here are 7 children’s books about Black history for children aged 0 to 6 years!

1. Trailblazers: The Black Pioneers Who Shaped Canada by Tiyahna Ridley-Padmore

Trailblazers is a children’s book of poems highlighting Black pioneers who shaped Canada into the country it is today. The stories are told in rhyme to engage children of any age!

Photos of the Black history children's book Trailblazers: The Black Pioneers Who Have Shaped Canada

There is a lot of text in this book so it might be helpful to pick one or two pages to read at a time, or to pick out a few key words on each page.

Learn more about Trailblazers and the inspiration behind it from the author herself here:

2. Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison

This story is great for babies and toddlers to learn about women in Black History. Learn about some of the leaders who made this world a better place and dream big, just like them!

Read along to Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison here:

3. Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed

Mae Among the Stars is about the first African American woman to go to space, Mae Jemison. This story tells the story about young Mae dreaming about going to space and reminding us all that anything is possible when you work hard and believe in yourself. The book ends with a short biography of Mae Jemison.

Read along to Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed here:

4. Young, Gifted and Black by Jamia Wilson

Young, Gifted and Black is filled with short biographies of Black icons from all over the world! There is a lot of text in this book, so to help engage your child, choose 1 or 2 pages to read or pick a couple sentences from a handful of pages. Your child may even enjoy flipping through the book and looking at the pictures like the video below!

Learn more about Young, Gifted and Black by Jamia Wilson:

5. The ABCs of Black History by Rio Cortez

Since this book might be long for young children, try reading the letter and one or two highlighted words on each page. Children love to engage with books by looking at the pictures and talking about what they see – talk about some of the pictures together until they’re ready to read it instead!

The ABCs of Black History by Rio Cortez here:

6. The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Johnny Ray Moore

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that began as child and he made it come true as an adult! This book discusses segregation, inequality, and how Martin Luther King Jr. fought for his rights—all in a way children will understand.

Read along to the story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Johnny Ray Moore here:

7. Follow Your Dreams, Little One by Vashti Harrison

This board book is great for babies and toddlers to learn about Black artists, athletes, scientists, and more!

Read along to Follow Your Dreams, Little One by Vashti Harrison here:

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