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“Lift Your Light a Little Higher”: Celebrate Lesser-Known African Americans with 22 Books for Kids

Books about African American contributions

There is much to learn about what African Americans have added to our society and the world. Not just the big names that we recall, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks, but those “unsung” folks who changed our world forever with their contributions.

Read and discover; be inspired and learn more about how African Americans have changed and improved everything – everything! – in our world.

Thanks to our friends at Brightly for helping us to celebrate Black History Month.

Characters of Color: 7 Must-Read Picture Books Featuring African-American Characters

Black history characters-of-color-hero
credits: Image credits: Aunt Flossie’s Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, illustrated by James Ransome; Summer Jackson: Grown Up by Teresa Harris, Illustrated by AG Ford; Summer Sun Risin’ by W. Nikola-Lisa, illustrated by Don Tate; Do Like Kyla by Angela Johnson, illustrated by James Ransome; Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse, illustrated by Jon J Muth.

Classroom libraries and children’s bookshelves sometimes fail to reflect a true reading rainbow. This lack of diversity has a direct impact on how our little readers develop, especially as they begin to shape their view of the world around them. Here are seven must-read books that feature memorable characters of color that your little one will love, and that will prepare them for the real, wonderfully diverse world in which we live.
Thanks to Brightly for sharing these valuable resources with us!

Unpublished Black History: Revealing moments in black history, with unpublished photos from The New York Times’ archives


Hundreds of stunning images from black history, drawn from old negatives, have long been buried in the musty envelopes and crowded bins of the New York Times archives. None of them was published by The Times until now. Were the photos — or the people in them — not deemed newsworthy enough? Check out the finally published NY Times photos of Black Americans who shaped our history and called us to dare to dream in “full color”.