Home Connections: Books to Read for Black History Month

O’Hara Librarian Karen Fornari shares her picks to read at home for Black History Month (or throughout the year). All of these books are available in the O’Hara library!

Kindergarten and First Grade

  • Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper by Anna Malaspina
  • Dave the Potter Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill
  • Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport
  • Tea cakes for Tosh by Kelly Starling Lyons (former Pittsburgher)

Second Grade and Third Grade:

  • Henry’s Freedom Box A True Story of the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine Ticktock
  • Banneker’s Clock by Shana Keller (O’Hara parent)
  • Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole
  • Take a Picture of Me, James Vanderzee by Andrea J. Loney
  • Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull
  • Between the lines : how Ernie Barnes went from the football field to the art gallery by Sandra Neil Wallace
  • Philip Reid Saves the Statue of Freedom by Steven Sellers Lapham
  • Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford

Fourth Grade and Fifth Grade

  • Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper (Mrs. Fornari: I really like how sensitive issues are handled in this book)
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis (Newbery Honor)
  • Bud, Not Buddy (Newbery Award)  by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods
  • A Spy Called James The True Story of James Lafayette Revolutionary War Double Agent by Anne Rockwell
  • Bad News for Outlaws The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy US Marshall by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (former Pittsburgher)
  • Fifty Cents and a Dream Young Booker T. Washington by Jabari Asim

What books would you add to the list?  Share in the comments!

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