Black History Month for Little Learners

This February as we celebrate Black History Month, we want to recommend some picture books written and/or illustrated by Black creators.

In this Black History Month picture book list, you'll find books about history, love or self-love, family, joy, resilience, bedtime stories, biographies, and more!

Looking for more resources and books by Black creators? Check out this Coretta Scott King Illustrator list of curated resources and picture book recommendations that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture! 

We also recommend The Brown Bookshelf, opens a new window for all families, as it is full of great book recommendations and book lists!  In addition, The Brown Bookshelf has a 28 Days Later campaign, where during the twenty-eight days of Black History Month, The Brown Bookshelf profiles different children’s or young adult authors and children’s illustrators, looking for the best new and unnoticed works by African-Americans. From picture books to novels, books fresh off the presses to those that have lurked in the background unsung for months or years.

Specifically, they look for: 

  • New books 
  • Books that have “flown under the radar” 
  • Children’s or Young Adult books written/illustrated by an African-American (or someone of the African Diaspora) 
  • Books published by a traditional publisher for the trade market 

Check out past 28 Days Later campaigns, opens a new window to see who’s already had the spotlight. 

Lastly, the City and County of Denver website, opens a new window provides recommendations of how families can celebrate throughout the Denver metro area with lectures, dramatic performances, music, and more! These opportunities may happen both before and after Black History Month!

Want to browse? Be sure to check out our catalog for many more titles!  

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