February is a great month for children to learn about history, from honoring the central role of African-Americans in U.S. history to celebrating the nation’s presidents.
While nestling inside the home escaping the cold temperatures outside, reading is a great way to learn about these contributions, and there’s several kids’ books on the market that explore our past. Here are a few available at local bookstores or online.
'Blast Back!: The American Revolution'
As part of the “Blast Back!” series that celebrates history, this book allows readers to peek into the American Revolution to see what life was like. Authored by Nancy Ohlin and illustrated by Adam Larkum, this book engages readers with illustrations and covers everything from how the war started to little-known facts about George Washington.
'Freedom in Congo Square'
Winner of a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor for illustration, this nonfiction story is about a little-known piece of African American history. Written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, this poetic piece demonstrates how New Orleans’ Congo Square - a place where slaves were briefly able to congregate - was freedom’s heart.
'Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe'
This picture book is about designer Ann Cole Lowe, a little-known African-American fashion designer who battled personal and social adversity to pursue her passion of making beautiful gowns. By Deborah Blumenthal and illustrated by Laura Freeman, this story shares Lowe’s journey as she became one of society’s top designers.
'I Am Abraham Lincoln'
As part of the “Ordinary People Change the World” series, this children’s book tells the story of one of America’s icons in a conversational way. Each book by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos focuses on a particular character trait that made that role model heroic, inspiring children to strive and dream.
'The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist'
In this book written by Cynthia Levinson and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton, children will meet the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Ala. in 1963. This picture book proves it’s never too late and no one is too little to make a difference.