5 Children’s Books That Teach Kids About Black Heroes And History

The world is filled with people of all shades and our job as parents is to teach our children to accept everyone for who they are. One of my favorite ways to start the conversation? Books! Diverse children’s books show children of color that there are people that look like them in the world. Having diversity in shows, toys, and books also shows all children cultural diversity, which is so important.

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Children’s Books That Teach Black History & Diversity

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If you’re looking for great children’s books that show diversity and the amazing individuals that have had an impact on our culture and history, here are five of my favorite children’s books.

salt in his shoes by deloris jordan

Salt in His Shoes

Written by Michael Jordan’s mom and sister, this heartwarming and inspirational picture book shares Michael’s childhood basketball dreams. He almost gave up his dreams, but his parents step in and give him the invaluable lesson of patience, determination, and hard work. We love that Salt In His Shoes teaches the lesson of faith and hope and how a family can work together to make dreams come true.

i promise by lebron james

I Promise

This is one of the most read books in our house! Written by NBA champion and superstar LeBron James, this slam dunk picture book is inspired by his I PROMISE program that helps motivate children to always strive for greatness. In the upbeat, rhyming, and vibrant book, children are reminded that success starts with the promises we make ourselves and our community and how important school and family are.

little melba and her big trombone by katheryn russell brown

Little Melba And Her Big Trombone

Melba has loved music for as long as she remembers. She daydreamed about beats and music, and even hummed along to the music on the radio. After falling in love with a big, shiny trombone, Melba teaches herself how to play the instrument and by the time she’s a teenager, she has an extraordinary gift for music that pushes her into the world of jazz. In Little Melba And Her Big Trombone, we follow Melba through her journey of being a famed trombone player. Through obstacles of race and gender, this book inspires children to dream and never give up.

fly high by louise bordn and mary kay kroeger

Fly High!: THe Story of Bessie Coleman

As a child, Bessie wanted to be in school, not helping her parents in the cotton field of Texas. She wanted to be someone significant in the world. In Fly High! we follow Bessie as she does everything she can to learn under the most challenging circumstances and in the end, her hard work pays off. Bessie becomes the first African-American to earn a pilot’s license. 

i am jackie robinson by brad meltzer

I Am Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson lived in a time before the Civil Rights Movement when rules weren’t fair to African Americans. And even though Jackie loved baseball and was really great at it, he wasn’t allowed on the best teams because of the color of his skin. But Jackie didn’t give up. In I Am Jackie Robinson, we follow Jackie’s journey to becoming the first Black player in Major League Baseball through a timeline of key even, vibrant photos, comic-book-style illustrations, and childhood moments that inspired him.

What children’s books are you reading with your kids to teach diversity and Black history?

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  1. Juanita Rankins says:

    Absolutely love this!❤️

  2. Lisa says:

    I will definitely purchase these books for my grandson, plus he is a Lebron James fan.

  3. Wanda Broussard says:

    My granddaughter is 12 months and so smart, and she’s so inquisitive. These books will capture her attention and have her so involved.

    Thanks for the share.

  4. Dora Judge says:

    Nitraa You are a awesome mom, I absolutely Love this

  5. Tangelia Elder says:

    Sis, I love how you are always teaching & showing the kids what life is about. They are always learning. I love it. It keeps them wanting to learn & that makes it easier to adapt to any situation.

  6. Angelanne Gavina says:

    Start to educate them early that everyone is child of God, regardless of their races, skin color and everything. We are all loved we are all children of God

  7. Shayla says:

    This was a great introduction to your blog! I’ve been building my son’s library since before he was born and we love adding to it. I’m constantly looking for something that will grab his attention, hold his interest, and be something that we’ll BOTH enjoy reading; time and time again. I will definitely be adding a few of these to his wishlist! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  8. Macy says:

    I love the recommendations!! Will be saving this list for my little ones!!

  9. Shay says:

    I absolutely love this! It’s important to start them young and let them know their TRUE history. The schools will only tell them so much and it’s not always factual. This also helps them to love themselves and be proud to be Black! Keep doing a great job, mama💗

  10. Gina says:

    Love!!! Going to pick up the Lebron one !

  11. We got little Melba and her big trombone as a babysitter gift,novel it!

  12. We got little Melba and her big trombone as a babyshower gift, loved it!

  13. Jennifer says:

    Love this list of books. I love getting books like this for the young children in my life and for my own kids. I definitely had to get I Am Enough by Grace Byers for my daughter.

  14. Evelyn legaspi says:

    I love this

  15. Carla says:

    Thank you so much for these read suggestions definitely ordering for my littles….