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Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” Black history is celebrated in February but shouldn’t it be taught all year long?

American history is one that has been shaped by the experiences and contributions of people of many cultural backgrounds. At Open Circle, we work hard to develop lists of quality multicultural children’s literature that create both mirrors and windows1 for each child. We recommend using these books to supplement your social and emotional learning instruction with students. Books offer a wonderful opportunity to examine how emotions and experiences impact the lives of individuals, groups of people and an entire country.

Check out our list of recommended children’s books that highlight some of the stories of black people. These books give children a more personal perspective on history through writing and illustrations that engage both hearts and minds.

Download the Children’s Literature related Black History Flyer


1 Style, Emily. "Curriculum as Window and Mirror," Listening for All Voices, Oak Knoll School monograph. Summit, NJ, 1988.

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