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Top 15 Children's Books for Black History Month

by Erin Dower

Celebrate Black History with kids of all ages by reading these stories of African-Americans overcoming adversity and making their multicultural mark on the world. With books about everything from jazz and Jackie Robinson to slavery and segregation, there are many rich biographies and themes to explore with children during Black History Month (February) or any time of year. Looking for more? Use our Book Finder tool to search for new books for kids of all ages!

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Henry's Freedom Box children's book

Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad


By Ellen Levine

Recommended ages: 6 and up

This is the incredible story of Henry "Box" Brown escaping slavery by shipping himself to the north in a wooden crate. We learn that as a boy, Henry doesn't know his age because nobody keeps records of slaves' birthdays. As an adult working in a warehouse, he decides to take a major risk and mail himself in a box — to a world where he can have a "birthday" (his first day of freedom).

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