Black History Month is a time for us to recognize the rich history of the Black community and the many ways they have, and continue to, contribute to the fabric of American society. This February, and every day, we should all commit to creating a more inclusive and anti-racist future. One way to do this is by educating the next generation about racial justice through reading.
HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools booklists offer a variety of books that are appropriate for children ranging from Pre-K to middle school. Many of the following books represent the work of Black authors, which gives us all the opportunity to learn from their authentic voices and experiences. The books are broken down by category for folks to consider including on their reading list this month at home with children, or in a group setting such as a classroom.
Looking at Skin Color
In addition to the booklists, the Welcoming Schools team has also created a variety of lesson prompts, that include questions and activities, for many of the books listed above.
Reading books such as these offer parents, educators and other adults the opportunity to start the necessary, and sometimes difficult, conversations about the role racism has played in American history, and how everyone can play a role in creating an inclusive future, in an age appropriate way. When children see themselves reflected in books, they feel affirmed and accepted, and it also provides them with opportunities to become educated about the diverse world around them.
To view the full set booklists and to learn more about HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools program, visit WelcomingSchools.org.