Nurturing Young Minds: A Black History Month Reading Journey for Kids


As we step into Black History Month, I find myself reflecting on the powerful impact that literature has had on my journey and the journey of my children. The first book my daughter picked up and truly saw herself in was a sweet title, “I Love My Beautiful Hair.” This simple yet profound moment sparked a mission within me — a mission to curate a collection of books that not only empower but also educate and inspire my children.

I Love My Beautiful Hair

Growing up biracial, I rarely found characters in books who looked like me. It’s a sentiment that echoes through my childhood, a time when representation was scarce. I vividly recall the first time I read “Hair Love,” and it struck a chord deep within my inner child. The story was so profound that I couldn’t help but ponder how it might have changed my relationship with my hair at a young age.


In those early years, I used to relax my hair because there seemed to be a scarcity of styles and role models who embraced natural beauty. Now, as a parent, witnessing my daughters pick up books that showcase diverse hairstyles and textures and then asking me to replicate them brings immeasurable joy. It’s a testament to the importance of representation and positive self-identity in the formative years of a child’s life.


In this blog post, I want to share not just a list of books but a collection that promotes self-love, education, and healing within the Black community. These books have the power to ignite conversations about identity, resilience, and the incredible contributions of Black individuals throughout history.


  1. I Love My Beautiful Hair,” by Elissa Wentt

“I Love My Beautiful Hair” is a delightful children’s book written by Elissa Wentt that takes young readers on a journey to the hair salon. Through the eyes of a young girl, the story unfolds as she experiences the vibrant and diverse world of black hairstyles.

Hair Love

  1. Hair Love” by Matthew A. Cherry

A story that resonates deeply, “Hair Love” captures the joy and bonding between a father and daughter as they navigate the intricacies of natural hair.

  1. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History,” by Vashti Harrison

Dive into the stories of 40 trailblazing Black women who have made extraordinary contributions to history, providing inspiring role models for our little ones.


  1. Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History” by Vashti Harrison

Continue the journey with “Little Legends,” celebrating exceptional Black men who have left an indelible mark on the world.


  1. The Undefeated” by Kwame Alexander

In poetic verses and stunning visuals, Kwame Alexander celebrates the resilience, strength, and achievements of Black Americans throughout history.

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

  1. Mae Among the Stars” by Roda Ahmed

Inspire dreams with the true story of Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel in space, encouraging children to reach for the stars.

  1. Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race” by Margot Lee Shetterly

Adapted for young readers, this book tells the incredible story of four African American women mathematicians who played crucial roles at NASA during the space race.

  1. Let the Children March” by Monica Clark-Robinson

Based on true events, this book tells the story of children who bravely marched for civil rights in 1963, highlighting the importance of standing up for justice.

I Am Enough


  1. I Am Enough” by Grace Byers

Empower young hearts with the affirming message of “I Am Enough,” encouraging self-acceptance and celebrating the diversity within each individual.

  1. The Story of Ruby Bridges” by Robert Coles

Introduce your children to the inspiring story of Ruby Bridges, the first Black child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South, showcasing bravery in the face of adversity.

As we celebrate Black History Month, let’s use the magic of literature to instill values of self-love, education, and healing within the Black community. These carefully chosen books, inspired by personal experiences and reflections, offer a rich tapestry of stories that empower young minds. Through representation, positive narratives, and the celebration of Black excellence, we can foster a generation that values inclusivity, understanding, and the enduring impact of Black individuals throughout history. Happy reading!


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