Lauren's List: Fantastic Black History Read-a-Louds for 5-10 year olds

This list is by no means comprehensive, but here are five great non-fiction picture books on different aspects of Black history to read aloud and discuss with your 5-10 year-old children. The one about Elijah McCoy was a particular favorite of my two older boys, and a completely new-to-me historical figure to learn about. These are roughly in order of younger to older in reading range.


#1 The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles, illustrated by George Ford



#2 Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine, illustrated by Kadir Nelson



#3 All Aboard! Elijah McCoy's Steam Engine by Monica Kulling, illustrated by Bill Slavin



#4 Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier


#5 I Have A Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson