Black History Month Celebrated Every Day with these middle grade books.

February gets a lot of love (pun intended) for being the month of lace, doilies, and hearts, but the month should also be recognized for being something much more important and significant—Black History Month.

The precursor to Black History Month was established in 1926 and was just one week in February dedicated to Black history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has designated the entire month of February as Black History Month, and for good reason. Many figures and events that are an important part of Black history are, unfortunately, often missing from history textbooks. Fortunately there are many books, including these

terrific picks for middle graders, that will give young readers insight into the courage, perseverance, and strength displayed by so many African Americans during incredibly dark times in our nation’s history, and will give families the perfect opportunity to discuss how Black history has shaped our country.

Remarkable Rosa

Remarkable Rosa is the 1st activity workbook in the Heritage Series. The workbook utilizes the story of Rosa to teach children, ages 3-6, core curriculum: reading, writing, math, history, and geography.

Have You Thanked an Inventor Today? is a journey into the often forgotten contributions of African-American inventors, that contributed to the American landscape. This book was written to appeal to African-American youth, inspiring creative thought and innovation. It was also written to demonstrate to children how the genius of African-American minds is utilized on a daily basis.  Biographies about each inventor, as well as activity sheets are included in the book to further stimulate the minds of young readership.

Join Melanin Origins as we tell of the Tuskegee Airmen and a few of their accomplishments in flight and in moral character.  Author Larry Simmons penned this story for children worldwide in hopes to awaken the conquering, persevering and ambitious nature in every child that reads this book. 

Hair to the Queen! is told in the voice of seven-year-old Corazon as she prepares for a costume party to celebrate her birthday. Corazon's mother is battling cancer and wears a wig after losing her hair. With the help of her father, sister, and friends, Corazon uses her birthday celebration as an opportunity to plan a special surprise for her courageous mom.

Gifted and Lit’ is an innovative program of Kids Music Videos on DVDs that uses hip-hop songs for teaching kids lessons in math, science, grammar,

and more. Volume 1, released on December 1, 2017, was an overnight sensation; an award-winning DVD that showcases the importance of using music in learning. Gifted & Lit uses a modern music, hip-hop, to help parents educate their children while relating at the same time.

Aundrea Smith, a self-proclaimed "quiet black girl," relives experiences from her childhood and young adult years, which have helped to shape who she is as a black woman. The book speaks about her experiences with dating (or lack thereof), school, and simply living in a world that does not always see women of color for all they have to offer. In "For the Quiet Black Girl: Trying to Find Her Voice in a Predominately White Space," is a black woman's powerful statement about how to respond to covert and overt displays of racism from people of all colors. For the Quiet Black Girl... can be read and appreciated by its target audience- girls and women of color- and others who have been questioned, targeted, and challenged because of their gender and/or race.

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