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The theme for Black History Month 2021 is “The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity.” The family is one of the most important support systems we have in our society, and it can provide the first chance to introduce children to ideas, strengths, and opportunities that can help shape the rest of their lives. The family can also be a safe haven and a source of love and support, a beacon in a child’s world. A family can be as small as a child and single parent or as large as a community. From two parent households to extended family helping raise children to multigenerational households, the family unit plays an especially important role among Black people.

Through literature, families can find an endless resource to help raise children up by introducing them to people and stories that inspire them to reach their full potential and grow in strength and confidence. We can find stories to help us grow in empathy and better understand the struggles and triumphs for Black freedoms throughout history and today. In normalizing diversity and inclusion for our children, we can find inspiration to grow, understand each other, and build a better future for all. 

Here are some of the many wonderful children’s books that can give Black families and families of all colors a beautiful beginning place from which to grow. 

I Am Every Good Thing Cover Image
By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780525518778
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 1st, 2020

Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982129811
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atria/One Signal Publishers - January 26th, 2021

All Because You Matter Cover Image
By Tami Charles, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781338574852
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orchard Books - October 6th, 2020

Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534419131
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - January 12th, 2021

Counting the Stars: The Story of Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician Cover Image
By Lesa Cline-Ransome, Raúl Colón (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534404755
Availability: Backordered
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - October 8th, 2019

For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World Cover Image
By Michael W. Waters, Keisha Morris (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781947888081
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Flyaway Books - September 22nd, 2020

Sulwe Cover Image
By Lupita Nyong'o, Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534425361
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2019

Loretta Little Looks Back: Three Voices Go Tell It Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316536776
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2020

Althea Gibson: The Story of Tennis' Fleet-of-Foot Girl Cover Image
By Megan Reid, Laura Freeman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062851093
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - January 21st, 2020

Timelines from Black History: Leaders, Legends, Legacies Cover Image
By DK, Mireille Harper (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780744039092
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: DK Children - January 19th, 2021