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Top 15 Children's Books for Black History Month

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Tar Beach children's book

Tar Beach


By Faith Ringgold

Recommended ages: 5 and up

It's 1939, and young Cassie Louise Lightfoot is picnicking with her family and friends on "tar beach" — the hot, black rooftop of her family's Harlem apartment. Cassie lays down and dreams that she is soaring above New York City — finding beauty in the views of the George Washington Bridge (which her father helped build) while also noting the signs of social injustice in the crowded city below.

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