Picture Books that Celebrate Black History Month

When I think about black history, I initially think about Africa, the cradle of black people, but I also think about the black people who currently live in other lands now, like here in the USA. In my opinion, Black History Month is about all black people. Here is a list of the Black History picture books in my own library.  I’ll tell you a bit about each of these books:


Duke Ellington – A Picture Book Biography about a Great Jazz Legend

Hula-Hoopin’ Queen – A Picture Book by Thelma Lynne Godin

Kente Cloth: Patterns to Color by kwaku ofori-ansa

Muddy: The Story of Bues Legend Muddy Waters

Rent Party Jazz – A Picture Book by William Miller

Trombone Shorty – A Picture Book by Troy Andrews

We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey through Tanzania by Laurie Krebs art by Julia Cairns

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People – A Picture Book by Verna Aardema – Fabulous Illustrations by Leo & Diane Dillon

Working Cotton – Picture Book by Sherley Anne Williams – Illustrated by Carole Byard