History is full of interesting stories. These picture books are great ones to read and discuss with your family during Black History Month.
Let ‘er Buck!: George Fletcher, the People’s Champion by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
George Fletcher deserved to be the rodeo champion, and the audience at the 1911 Pendleton Round-Up knew it. Unfortunately, the judges declared a white man the winner instead. Well, the audience’s support made the history books.
Swish!: The Slam-dunking, Alley-ooping, High-flying Harlem Globetrotters by Suzanne Slade
The story of the beginning of the Harlem Globetrotters- athletes known for their skill, high energy performance, and, of course, those awesome trick plays!
A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story by Sharon Langley
In 1963, Sharon and her family are among the first families to enter the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park in Maryland after it desegregated and opened to everyone. Sometimes history is as simple as a ride on a merry-go-round.
Opening the Road: Victor Hugo Green and his Green Book by Keila V. Dawson
In the late 1930s, not every American could go to every restaurant or get a room at every hotel or inn. Safety was not guaranteed for any traveler who was black. Victor Hugo Green was just a mail carrier who wanted to help fix this problem. He published a guide that listed safe places in New York City and then that Green Book grew to encompass the nation.