Black History Month: Activity Resources

Check out this list of children's books, young adult books, videos, and activity resources you and your family can use to learn a little more about Black History Month. Did we miss something? Let us know! We will continue adding to this list throughout the month. 


Children's Books

  1. When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick Hill (ages 6-10)
  2. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History  by Vashti Harrison (ages 8-12)
  3. Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine (ages 4-8)
  4. Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly (ages 4-8)
  5. The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson (ages 5-10)
  6. Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills by Renee Watson (ages 3-7)
  7. If You Were a Kid During the Civil Rights Movement by Gwendolyn Hooks (age 7-9)
  8. Mayann's Train Ride by Mayann Francis (age 4-10)
  9. Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford (age 4-8)
  10. We March by Shane W. Evans (age 4-8)
  11. If A Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks by Faith Ringgold (age 5-9)
  12. This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt (age 4-7)
  13. Whoever You Are by Mem Fox (ages 4+)
  14. The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson (ages 5+)

For more children's book suggestions check out the Toronto Public Library's collection!

Youth Books

  1. Black Women Who Dared by Naomi M. Moyer (ages 11-14)
  2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (ages 9+)
  3. Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson (ages 14+)
  4. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (ages 13+)
  5. Not so Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles (ages 13+)
  6. Black Enough by Ibi Zoboi, Tracey Baptiste, Coe Booth (ages 13+)
  7. Calling My Name by Liara Tamani (ages 11+)
  8. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (ages 13+)
  9. Dear Martin by Nic Stone (ages 13+)
  10. If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson (ages 12+)

For more young adult book suggestions check out the Toronto Public Library's collection!


Learning Resources

  1. Teaching Your Child about Black History Month - PBS
  2. All About Black History Month - CBC Kids
  3. Black History Month - National Geographic Kids

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