Black History Month Read Alouds and Learning Resources

Although we as educators should commit to learning and teaching black history all year long, February gives us a very special opportunity to dive in and learn about some spectacular humans. While we should hold ourselves accountable and learn about/acknowledge the trauma in our nation's history, we also need to acknowledge black joy and the endless contributions given to our country, and the world, by black people. I am still on my journey of learning and unlearning. I hope some of these resources are helpful to not just your students, but you as well.


I strongly encourage you to follow and learn from Black educators, historians, and journalists in order to honor black history and black people.






We Shall Overcome by Debbie Levy


Follow the journey of a both painful and triumphant song in this read aloud.


I've linked another beautiful song, that encompasses the persistence of Black Americans, and the journey we all face in order to achieve equity, below.


John Legend and Common Perform "Glory" from Selma




This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt


A lighthearted and fun read aloud about Jazz.


Jazz Music for Kids Part 1


Jazz Music for Kids Part 2










Nina Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone by Alice Brière-Haquet


A story about a lesser known jazz legend and civil rights activist, Nina Simone. This symbolic story speaks on white privilege and racism through the keys of the piano. See how Nina displayed her talent among a long line of historically white musicians.








Ellington was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange


From Duke Ellington's daughter's perspective we see was Ellington was not a street, but an influential man in America's musical history.


Want to teach your students more about Duke Ellington? Check out this Kindergarten Black History Month resource by Lanesha Tabb and Naomi O'Brien.


It is filled with important figures in black history, including Duke Ellington. Plus, it was adapted to fit virtual learning!


Black History Month in KINDERGARTEN








A Voice Named Aretha by Katheryn Russell Brown


A biography of the one and only, Aretha Franklin. Below are links of Aretha singing, plus a video from the story!


Aretha Franklin performs "I Say A Little Prayer," October 9, 1970.


Aretha makes President Obama emotional


Aretha Franklin - Bridge Over Troubled Waters





The Roots of Rap by Carole Boston Weatherford


A book of rhyme and rhythm. Explore the roots of rap in this fun story.








Rosa by Nikki Giovanni


An in depth story of Rosa Parks, and how she inspired the Montgomery Bus Boycott.













Malcolm Little the Boy Who Grew Up to Become

Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz


From childhood to adulthood, follow Malcolm's journey to leadership in the Civil Rights Movement.








Ruby Bridges Goes to School


The autobiography of Ruby Bridges, the first black student to end segregation in a New Orleans school.


Ruby Bridges Teacher Resources from Scholastic
















Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed


A true story of Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel to space.















Juneteenth by Floyd Cooper


Juneteenth, America's true independence day, is highlighted and described to Mazie in this story.









Sisters and Champions by Howard Bryan


The live's of the true GOATs of athletics, Serena and Venus Williams, are discussed in this picture book.













Princess Hair by Sharee Miller


A joyous read aloud about the beauty of black hair. Check out Beyonce's "Brown Skin Girl" video, linked below, to see some powerful images of black hair.










Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy

A young girl reflects on her own blackness, and discovers and reveals the beauty of her blackness along the way.









I am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown


In dialogue between father and son, this story reminds us all to love and celebrate ourselves for the beautiful creations we are!
















All Because You Matter by Tami Charles


A heart felt text reminding black and brown children not only that they matter, but that their very existence was intentional and meaningful.













ABC's of Black History by Rio Cortez


A story through the ABC's of black history and culture.













Something Happened in our Town by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard


This story serves as a helpful guide to have conversations with our littles surrounding racial bias and police violence towards black and brown communities, particularly men.



















I am Harriet Tubman by Brad Meltzer


Teach students about the astounding life of Harriet Tubman, an enslaved woman who went on to save 300 enslaved peoples through the underground railroad.


Video about Harriet Tubman's life


Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum (inspired by the I Am series)







The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander


This poetic picture books highlights some of the United States' greatest heroes. Within this story, Alexander speaks of the perseverance of countless black people who overcame enslavement, championed the civil rights movement, and continue to show grit and determination to overcome the obstacles that still exist for black citizens today.






Other Videos


Young, Gifted and Black by Jennifer Hudson


Amanda Gorman Ted Talk


Amanda Gorman 2021 Inaugural Poem


Brown Skin Girl by Beyonce


Black History Videos shared by WeAreTeachers


Teachers Pay Teachers Resources


Black History Month Timeline Slides


Hero a Day Black History Month Printable and Digital Resource


Mini Booklets for Black History


Other Resources


Black history month biographies on GetEpic.com


Heritage and History Month Events from Smithsonian




Do you have any other Black History Month resources that you LOVE? Please comment them below!




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