7 Black History Month Books For Kids

These books touch on tough topics, read these with your kids and start a conversation.

HENRY'S FREEDOM BOX: A TRUE STORY FROM THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, AGES 6 AND UP

Slaves don't have birthdays because no one keeps record. After a life of no birthdays, Henry makes a risky move and mails himself in a box to the north. It's his first birthday celebration, freedom. $20, indigo.ca

FOLLOW THE DRINKING GOURD, AGES 5 AND UP

Based on a folktale about a sailor teaching slaves a song to "follow the drinking gourd" (which is the Big Dipper) to find safety in the north. This colourful story highlights the importance of the Underground Railway and the vital role it played in helping thousands find freedom. $11, indigo.ca

THE STORY OF RUBY BRIDGES, AGES 4-8

Ruby Bridges was six years old in 1960. She and her family moved to New Orleans from Mississippi to seek out a better life. When it came time to start school, Ruby was ordered to attend first grade at all-white William Frantz Elementary where she bravely faced a mob of angry parents who refused to send their kids to school with her. $9, indigo.ca

SKIT-SCAT RAGGEDY CAT: ELLA FITZGERALD, AGES 5-9

Before Ella Fitzgerald was the jazz singer we all know, she was an orphan who would dance on the street for loose change. This book chronicles her young life and that fateful day when she realized she had a gift for song at amateur night at Harlem's Apollo Theatre. $11, amazon.ca

UNDERGROUND TO CANADA, AGES 9-12

In this fictional tale, based on studies of real events and routes, two girls dream of going to Canada where slavery isn't allowed. With the help of workers from the Underground Railroad, they make a break, but slave catchers are hot on their trail. $11, indigo.ca

GRANDDADDY'S TURN: A JOURNEY TO THE BALLOT BOX, AGES 5-8

Michael is a little boy living in the segregated south, one day his granddaddy heads into town in a fancy suit to vote for the very first time. $23, indigo.ca

MARTIN'S BIG WORDS: THE LIFE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

In this age-appropriate biography, kids will learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and his dreams for a better world. Including reading some of his powerful words, all accompanied by beautiful artwork. $9, indigo.ca
HENRY'S FREEDOM BOX: A TRUE STORY FROM THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, AGES 6 AND UP
FOLLOW THE DRINKING GOURD, AGES 5 AND UP
THE STORY OF RUBY BRIDGES, AGES 4-8
SKIT-SCAT RAGGEDY CAT: ELLA FITZGERALD, AGES 5-9
UNDERGROUND TO CANADA, AGES 9-12
GRANDDADDY'S TURN: A JOURNEY TO THE BALLOT BOX, AGES 5-8
MARTIN'S BIG WORDS: THE LIFE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

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