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Black History Month at the Denver Public Library

Celebrating Black Lives

February is Black History Month. This month and every month, we celebrate Black lives. Celebrate with Denver Public Library with this roundup of events, book suggestions, and racial justice resources.  These resources lift up Black authors and illustrators, honor Black voices from history, and share Black joy.

Books

  • Sharing Stories of Black History - This month and every month, we celebrate the triumphs of Black history. The stories on this list acknowledge the hard history of Black struggle in the United States. They also highlight the strength and power of an ongoing push for liberation. These books honor the Black American experience in nonfiction, fiction, and picture books, from individual heroes to mighty collective movements.
  • #OwnVoices Stories of Black Heroes - It's relatively easy to find children's books about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Tubman. How about other Black heroes?  We've put together a list of children's nonfiction by #OwnVoices authors and illustrators that showcases depth and diversity among African American historical figures.
  • Celebrating Black Creators of Children's Fiction - The profusion of talent by Black children's book creators has long been under-recognized and underrepresented by the publishing industry. This is slowly changing, and we are thrilled to share this list of wonderful #OwnVoices books by Black authors and illustrators. From board books to beginning readers and picture books to chapter books, these books and their creators deserve to be lifted up and celebrated!
  • Joy and Resistance: Children's Poetry by Black Writers - What does it mean to be Black in the United States? Poets share their experiences in their own words, full of beauty and power. Celebrate the diversity of Black culture and history with these books for young readers.
  • Celebrating Black Lives Digital Collection - eBooks and eAudio Books on OverDrive for Kindergarten-2nd grade and 3rd-5th grade. Available with your DPL library card. 
  • The Coretta Scott King Award Winners and Honor Winners - The Coretta Scott King Awards are given to "outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values."

Book Explorers

  • Explore One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia - Discover new books, discussions, and activities with Book Explorers! We share video book club discussions, printable activity sheets, and more to help young readers get the most out of their reading time. This powerful, award-winning novel is set against the backdrop of 1968, Oakland, the Black Panther movement, and the summer three sisters meet their estranged mother and delve into their own identities. 

Resources

  • Black History Month: Teaching the Complete History from Teaching Tolerance - Go beyond trauma and struggle to examine the liberation, civic engagement, creativity, and intersecting identities of Black people during Black History Month. 
  • Knowing the Past Opens the Door to the Future The Continuing Importance of Black History Month from the National Museum of African American History and Culture - Context on the origins of Black History Month and the power of remembering.
  • Black Freedom Struggle in the United States - This library database provides access to primary source documents related to people and events from Black history.
  • Anti-Racism Resources for Kids & Families - On this page, you will find anti-racism resources developed by Denver Public Library's Read. Awareness. Dialogue. Action. (R.A.D.A.) book discussion group to support conversations about racial justice with children, as well to learn and reflect on your own.
  • The Conscious Kid - An education, research, and policy organization dedicated to equity and promoting healthy racial identity development in youth. They support organizations, families, and educators in taking action to disrupt racism in young children.
  • EmbraceRace -  EmbraceRace is a multiracial community of parents, teachers, experts, and other caring adults who support each other to meet the challenges that race poses to our children, families, and communities. 
  • Resources for Race, Equity, Anti-Racism, and Inclusion - Children's publishing industry influencer We Need Diverse Books offers this comprehensive list of book lists, educational resources, and more.

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