We often talk about race in our home, but lately my kids have become more and more curious about the struggles that many so many groups have faced–African-Americans in particular–throughout our history.
Yes, we have great books here, rich with information and ideas and stories, but I wanted a little more.
We need a little more.
So rather than fumble through their questions about race, history, and segregation, I wanted to give Maddy, Owen, and Cora some clarity–as much of the whole story as I could.
I want to be able to continue the conversation not only this month, Black History Month, but any time throughout the year. So with the help of many great friends, I’ve assembled this list of Black History Month Resources for Families.
Above all, I wanted to recognize and respect the miles these Americans have walked, but I also wanted to celebrate their many successes. The resources below seem to do just that.
I consider it a work in progress!
Here’s the skinny. . .
Black History Month– Resources for Families:
It’s amazing the resources I managed to find–but it took some serious work–which is a problem in itself.
- Picture Books About Dr. King (for younger children), on Scholastic Parents
- Books About Civil Rights and Conversation Starters for Families, on Scholastic Parents
- 5 Must-Read Books About Dr. King (for older readers), on Scholastic Parents
- Civil Rights Picture Books for Kids, from What We Do All Day
- Book List for Black History Month, from Africa to America
- Black History Month: 10 Picture Books, from No Twiddle Twaddle
- 20 Books About Amazing African-American Women, by What We Do All Day
- Time, for Kids: Black History Month printables
- Time, for Kids: Black History Month timeline
- Black History Month Blog Hop
- Teaching the Montgomery Bus Boycott, from Zinn Education Project
- Poems to Celebrate Black History Month
- sweet blackberry: Did You Know?
- Marcus Garvey Discussion Sheet from SocaMom.com http://socamom.com/soca/en/homeschool/education/933-new-marcus-garvey-discussion-download-available-now
- interview with Kadir Nelson about his book, Heart and Soul
- One Dream: Video interview of six people who were present for King’s I Have A Dream speech
- Culture and Change: Black History in America, from Scholastic
- I Have a Dream: interview with Kadir Nelson, author of I Have a Dream children’s book
- Bio Classroom: Black History Study Guides
- African-American Inventors
- African-American Achievements
- sweet blackberry: introduction
- Jazz, Music, Dance, and Poetry, from The Kennedy Center ARTSedge
- activities to start the discussion, from Understanding Prejudice
- Africans in America, from PBS
- Guide to Black History Month Teaching Resources, from EDSITEment
- African-American Read In, from readwritethink.org
- Musical Harlem, from The Kennedy Center ARTSedge
- Montessori-inspired Respect for Diversity, from Living Montessori Now
- Black History Month resources in Spanish! from Open Wide the World
- Black History Month quizzes and crosswords
- Black History Month lessons, plans, and guides, K-5, NEA
What are your favorite resources? Do share them with us!
huge and happy thanks to the amazing women who helped me assemble this list: Eva of SocaMom.com, Monica Waugh-Benton, Erica of What We Do All Day, Deb of Living Montessori Now, Carly of Africa to America, Leanna of All Done Monkey, and more.
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