Celebrate the achievements of Black Americans all year long with some of these suggestions. If you’re interested in learning more, this year’s focus is on African Americans and the Arts.
- Read stories. One of the best ways to celebrate and honor Black History Month is through literature. Diverse characters and stories help children celebrate differences, develop empathy and lay the foundation for greater conversations about diversity and belonging. Here are some suggestions by age:
Baby Young, Gifted, and Black: With a Mirror! written by Jamia Wilson and illustrated by Andrea Pippins
Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison
ABC Black History and Me by Queenbe Monyei
I Am Every Good Thing written by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Gordon C. James
Stacey’s Extraordinary Words written by Stacey Abrams and illustrated by Kitt Thomas
Who Are Your People? written by Bakari Sellers and illustrated by Reggie Brown
- Watch diverse TV shows and movies. Find TV shows and movies with Black representation. There are great options for young children available online and through streaming services like Gabby’s Dollhouse, Rhymes Through Times, Tab Time, JoJo & Gran Gran, Esme and Roy and Lyla in the Loop.
- Explore Black History through museums and art. This can be done virtually or in-person like at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
- Listen to music. Black Americans have significantly influenced music from blues to jazz to rock n’ roll. Introduce your little ones to some of your favorite Black artists. Sesame Street also has a great compilation on their YouTube channel.