10 Children's Books and Puzzles To Engage Your Children In Honoring Black History

While February marks Black History Month, it goes without saying, Black History is American History and can neither be contained to one month, nor to one group of people.

Storytelling is one of the many ways to honor the history and accomplishments of black pioneers and trailblazers. That said, diverse children's books that tell these important stories are still few and far between. Despite an increase in recent years -- according to data from the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) which has been measuring representation in children's books since 1985 just 9% of children's books published in the US in 2017 featured African or African American characters. In 2014, just 5% of children's books recorded by the CCBC included African or African American characters.

Little Proud Kid exists to close the gap on access to books (and Toys) that reflect diverse people, cultures and stories. 

We've compiled 10 books and puzzles, that honor Black History Month to add to your child's collection.

BLACK HERITAGE SERIES - MADAM C.J. WALKER - JIGSAW PUZZLE - 24 PC

24 Piece Puzzle of Madame C.J. Walker - the First Self-made Female Millionaire (1867-1919). For ages 3 to 8 years

BLACK HERITAGE SERIES "HARRIET TUBMAN" 24 PIECE FULL SIZE PUZZLE

A beautiful puzzle features Harriet Tubman, the most well-known of all the Underground Railroad's conductors. Ages 3-8 years

ELIJIAH MCCOY - JIGSAW PUZZLE - 24 PC.

Elijah J. McCoy was a Canadian born African American inventor and engineer who was notable for his 57 U.S. patents, most having to do with the lubrication of steam engines. Ages 3-8 years

LITTLE LEADERS: BOLD WOMEN IN BLACK HISTORY

Meet 40 trailblazing women who broke barriers of race and gender to pave the way for future generations. Ages: 3-8 years

MAE AMONG THE STARS

 A beautifully written picture book for sharing, inspired by the life of the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison. Ages 3-7 years

POWER IN MY PEN - A CHILDREN'S STORY ABOUT IDA B. WELLS

Step into the world of Ida B. Wells as she uses her life experiences and obstacles as motivation to achieve many firsts in editing and journalism in the United States of America and abroad. Ages 3-8 years

BRICK BY BRICK - A CHILDREN'S STORY ABOUT BOOKER T. WASHINGTON

A children's book snippet about the life, accomplishments, and achievements of the great Booker T. Washington - an inspirational African-American innovator, leader, scholar, and philanthropist.

HIDDEN FIGURES: THE TRUE STORY OF FOUR BLACK WOMEN AND THE SPACE RACE

The incredibly inspiring true story of four black women who helped NASA launch men into space to picture book readers. Ages 4-8

 MUHAMMAD ALI - A CHAMPION IS BORN

 In this picture book biography of Muhammad Ali, author Gene Barretta and illustrator Frank Morrison tell the unforgettable childhood story of this legendary boxing champion and how one pivotal moment set him on his path to become the Greatest of All Time.

BLACK PIONEERS OF SCIENCE AND INVENTION

 A readable, perceptive account of the lives of fourteen gifted innovators who have played important roles in scientific and industrial progress. Ages 12+

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