This list contains titles that celebrate African-American history and culture. Our family is an American family including my husband, Ben, and I who are white and our sons who are black and biracial. We want our home library to have plenty of books that feature stories that examine and celebrate our sons’ heritage. As our boys grow, we will introduce books with more complex and painful themes related to the history of racism in the United States.
I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., paintings by Kadir Nelson
This book shares excerpts from King’s speech which he gave August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington. Nelson’s illustrations are stunning. Book includes an audio CD of King’s speech in his voice.
This story is about a young violinist and his father, the manager of the Negro League baseball team–the Dukes. The boy inspires a flailing team with his music, and the father reinforces that his love for his son won’t change and that some things are more important than winning games.
This book is comprised of vignettes that center around one woman’s kitchen. It portrays scenes of an African-American family in each season of the year. It is heartfelt, light-hearted, and shows the value of family bonds.