10 Items to Teach Your Child About Black History Month

February is Black History Month! Celebrate today and year-round with these educational and inspiring buys for kids of all ages.

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February 05, 2021

It's officially Black History Month, a time to honor the heroes and movements that shaped our nation, celebrate Black culture and take actionable steps to promote racial equity in the U.S. And if you're a parent, it’s the perfect opportunity to spark meaningful conversations and incorporate Black history into your child's education.

Ready to dive in? Start by learning about Carter G. Woodson — historian, author, journalist and founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History — who first established Black History Month in 1926. Then, check out our top 10 books, card games and more, which will help drive the history lessons and legacies home year-round.

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Give your little one a whole list of Black heroes to look up to with this inspiring "Dream Like Martin" t-shirt. The tee is crafted from 100-percent cotton, so it's comfy for school and play and celebrates Black change-makers like Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Malcolm X, Maya Angelou, Marcus Garvey and Rosa Parks.

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Cover everything from the Harlem Renaissance to The Black Panthers and Queens like Angela Davis, Toni Morrison and Michelle Obama with this beautiful book by Rio Cortez and Lauren Semmer. Your kiddo will love the fun rhyming text, as well as the illustrated timeline in the back.

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Introduce your toddler to Grandmaster Flash, Tupac, Kendrick Lamar and other great American rappers with this colorful and adorable board book. (Which even has Missy Elliot's stamp of approval.) The book is 24 pages long and shows how rap developed in the U.S. and helped give a voice to the voiceless.

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The first Black, Asian-American and woman vice president in American history? Yep, Kamala Harris is definitely cool — and your cutie will feel the same way in this empowering unisex t-shirt. Rainbow letters pop against your choice of a white or gray background and make the design even more exciting.

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Ruby Bridges was just six years old when she became the first Black child to integrate into an all-white elementary school in New Orleans. Together, you and your child can learn more about Ruby's story through this beautiful, 61-page volume, which features photographs and artwork from the Civil Rights Era.

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Created and sold by Theresa Sutton of WittyWiseDesigns, these illustrated flashcards are equal parts fun and educational. Each one features a Black hero in history, from Civil Rights leader John Lewis to contemporary ballerina Misty Copeland, along with a brief description of how they shaped our country. For $5, you can print the cards right at home and have them laminated for years of play.

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Earlier this year, activist and poet laureate Amanda Gorman captivated the nation with her powerful poem, "The Hill We Climb" and became the youngest inaugural poet in American history. Share her moving words with your school-age child, and then bring the message home with this vibrant yellow print for their bedroom.

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Looking for something for an older child? Check out Black Heroes by Arlisha Norwood, which features 51 trail-blazing figures from ancient Africa to modern-day America. Each page is boldly illustrated and informative. And best of all, the book includes additional resources for learning, like websites to visit or videos to watch.

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Help your middle schooler learn more about the segregation history of the American South by handing them a copy of Clean Getaway by Nic Stone. This best-selling book follows 11-year-old William "Scoob" Lamar as he and his grandma road-trip through landmarks of the Civil Rights Movement. It's full of twists and turns, and will make a great addition to their collection.

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Designed by artist and Spoonful of Faith founder Jena Holliday, this gorgeous planner would make a brilliant gift for your teenage daughter. Inside, she'll find important dates and historical moments honoring Black History Month, as well as beautiful illustrations that she can frame for her walls when the calendar runs out.

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