African-American History is a subject that can be taught all throughout the year, not just during the month of February. Whether you are introducing African-American History to your students for the first time or if it is referred to frequently in your classroom the items listed below will be useful to you. They contain a wide variety of topics and activities that can easily be incorporated. All books that are represented are found at the Mclure Education Library and the location of said books will be linked underneath each description.
Henry’s Freedom Box
In 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry “Box” Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate. This is an remarkable true story of a man who put his life on the line for his ultimate freedom. The author, Ellen Levine, and the illustrator,job with the story line and illustrations. Perfect for introducing the subject of slavery at a young age. This book is recommended for ages 4-8 year-olds.
Stella by Starlight
Equal rights, segregation, and racism are all issues that eleven- year- old Stella faces. Sharon Draper dives deep into the south during the rise of the KKK and strong prejudice against the African American population. Draper paints Stella as an aspiring writer, and a girl would love to change things with not just her voice but also with the words she writes. This book is recommended for ages 9-13 with a caution to sensitive readers.
What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African American Inventors
Children of all ages will enjoy learning historical facts about African-American inventors and the roles they have played in inventing many things.
A Kid’s Guide to African American History
This book includes more than 70 hands-on activities, songs, and games that teach kids about history and cultural awareness.
Suggested Classroom Activities
Have students create their own inventions or feature an African-American inventor! This can be printed in our library.
Use this activity to encourage students to explore more facts about Henry “Box” Brown. This can be printed in our library.
McLure Education Library suggests using this idea to teach the importance of equal rights in voting.
Content created by : Kristy Justice & Dagan Bond