Although small children live their lives in the here and now, it’s never too early to start sharing our past with them. The story of the African American people is fundamental to United States history. If you haven’t tried reading books on the subject to your preschool children, Black History Month is the perfect time to begin with our wonderful selection of books for this age group! Here are some book suggestions from Northeast Philadelphia Librarians for parents and caregivers to use with children ages 3-5.
Bigmama's by Donald Crews
The author reminisces about childhood summers spent at his grandmother’s Florida home in the late 1940’s. The detailed pictures are sure to inspire discussions about the time period.
Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfield, illustrations by Jan Spivey Gilchrist
This version of Greenfield’s hearfelt poem about the simple things in life is beautifully illustrated and will certainly please young readers.
Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
This classic tells the story of a big brother accepting the fact that he is growing up, and realizing that he will need to pass down his baby things to his new baby sister. The distinctive illustrations help make this a great story to share with any young child.
A Rainbow All Around Me by Sandra L. Pinkney, photographs by Myles C. Pinkney
With colorful photographs of children of various ethnic backgrounds, this book is a celebration of diversity. The rhythmic beat will make kids want to read along again and again.
Charlie Parker Played Be-Bop by Chris Raschka
This book provides a quick, fun introduction to rhythm and jazz. For some added flavor, try the book with audio CD, which features background music and historical information.
Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
In a little girl’s fantasy, she soars above her city professing ownership over things such as a union building, an ice cream factory, and her beloved George Washington Bridge. Ringgold’s vibrant colors and childlike drawings keep children interested in this creative narrative.