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Empowering Young Minds: Celebrating Black History Month with Inspiring Children's Books

Welcome back to The Maven Mindset blog! Today, we're highlighting a special collection of children's books from our own library. These books not only celebrate Black History Month but also feature positively depicted fictional African American characters. They are perfect for teaching young learners about diversity, self-love, and resilience. Let's explore these wonderful books:

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard, illustrated by Oge Mora: This book should've been included in the previous blog as it tells the true story of Mary Walker, who learned to read at the age of 116. Nevertheless! It’s a testament to the enduring power of determination and lifelong learning.

Change Sings by Amanda Gorman, illustrated by Loren Long: Written by the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, this lyrical book is a musical journey about the power each of us has to make changes in the world.

When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner, illustrated by David Catrow: A beautifully illustrated book that celebrates individuality and the joy of being unique. It’s a heartwarming read that encourages children to see their own special place in the world.While it does mention God throughout the book, it does not lean toward any particular religion, which leaves room for parents to discuss the religious component. 

When God Made Light by Matthew Paul Turner, illustrated by David Catrow: This delightful book explores the beauty of light in its many forms and encourages kids to shine bright and be a positive light in the world. While it does mention God throughout the book, it does not lean toward any particular religion, which leaves room for parents to discuss the religious component. 

Mary Can! by Mary J. Blige, illustrated by Ashleigh Corrin: This empowering book by singer Mary J. Blige encourages young readers to believe in themselves and understand that they can achieve anything.

All Because You Matter by Tami Charles, illustrated by Bryan Collier: A moving tribute to the importance, strength, and worth of black children, this book is a beautiful reminder of how much they matter.

No Mirrors in My Nana's House by Ysaye M. Barnwell, illustrated by Synthia Saint James: A touching story that explores beauty, love, and self-acceptance, showing children the importance of seeing their inner beauty.

Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Redd, illustrated by Nneka Myers: This book is a celebration of a nightly routine in a Black household, showcasing a family’s love and the special tradition of the bedtime bonnet.

The Library Book by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark. Illustrated by Chuck Groenink: A delightful story celebrating the joy of reading and the magic of the library, where every child can find a world of imagination and knowledge.

Ambitious Girl by Meena Harris, illustrated by Marissal Valdez: An empowering story about a young girl who learns that ambitious women are necessary and positive forces in the world.

The Proudest Blue by Ibthaj Muhammad, illustrated by Hatem Aly: A heartwarming story about being proud of who you are, focusing on a young Muslim girl’s pride in her hijab and her culture.

Me & Mama by Cozbi A. Cabrera: A personal favorite as this story is a beautiful portrayal of the bond between a mother and daughter, this book captures the simple joys and love in their everyday life.

Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Biglow, illustrated by Luisa Uribe: This book celebrates the musicality and beauty of names, encouraging children to take pride in their heritage and the stories behind their names.

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Caroline Binch: Grace loves stories and acting them out, and she learns that she can be anything she wants to be, breaking stereotypes along the way.

Bloom by Ruth Forman, illustrated by Talia Skyles: A poetic and visually stunning book that celebrates the beauty and strength of Black girlhood.

Just Us Women by Jeannette Caines, illustrated by Pat Cummings: This book follows the heartwarming road trip of an aunt and her niece, celebrating the joy of a shared adventure.

My Friend Earth by Patricia McLachlan, illustrated by Francesca Sanna: Another personal favorite and lovely tribute to the planet Earth, teaching children about the beauty and importance of the natural world.

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o, illustrated by Vashti Harrison: While the characters of this book are of African descent, this powerful story highlights self-love and understanding the beauty of one’s skin color. It’s a meaningful tale about accepting and celebrating who you are.

Each of these books brings its own unique story and lesson, enriching young minds with resilience and the beauty of being oneself. Remember, using our Amazon affiliate links to purchase these books supports our school, enabling us to continue bringing valuable content to our community.

We'd love to hear about your favorite children's books too! Share them in the comments below and let’s continue to celebrate the richness of diversity through literature. 📚✨

Happy Reading!

The Maven School Team

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