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Top 15 Children's Books for Black History Month

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Watsons Go to Burmingham children's book

The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963


By Christopher Paul Curtis

Recommended ages: 8 and up

This middle-grade novel is narrated by 9-year-old Kenny — the younger brother in a middle-class African-American family from Michigan. Kenny's older brother, Byron, is a juvenile delinquent who could use some stern discipline from their no-nonsense grandmother, who lives in Alabama. When the family heads south to bring Byron to Grandma's house, unthinkable events happen and shape the family's life forever.

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