What are you reading lately? What are your students reading? If you’re in need of ideas, here at Genius Plaza we’ve summed up a few books that are entertaining and convey powerful messages to celebrate Black History Month.
We shall overcome by Debby Levy
While America’s era of slavery is the root of this song, “We Shall Overcome” is also a song of hope and change. It represents the fight for equality, freedom, and opportunity.
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
Harrison highlights 40 notable women throughout U.S. History. They are champions, role models, heroes, women who did extraordinary things and stood up for change.
The Youngest Marcher: the story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson
In 1963, a child was arrested for participating in a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama that was later known as the Children’s March. Audrey Faye Hendricks recalls hearing her parents, who were friends with Dr. Martin Luther King, talking about segregation and standing up for justice.
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
Four African American women helped NASA put the first men in space. They were Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden. They were gifted women, skillful at math, who overcame gender and racial barriers with their genius minds.
Young, Gifted, and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from the Past and Present by Jamia
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Tells the story of
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Follows sixteen-year-old Starr Carter who has to navigate the impoverished neighborhood where she lives and the rich buoyancy of the fancy prep school she attends. She also happens to witness the fatal shooting of her best friend Khalil and now all the media attention is on her, wanting to find out what really happened because Khalil was unarmed.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Ayedemi
This fantasy, sci-fi book is influenced by the author’s West African heritage. The main character is a young girl who fights for her beliefs without fear, saving her own people with ancient magic. This book is the beginning of a series and tackles important themes such as injustice, discrimination, and the struggle for change.
There are, of course, other books with powerful messages for the older kids in school, such as Push by Sapphire or perhaps Michelle Obama’s latest book, Becoming or The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, among others.