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Black History Month: 28 Picture Books for 28 Days and Beyond!

Happy Black History Month! There is so much rich history and amazing leaders to learn from in Black History. I know that many of you all are looking for some quality books to uplift this month and integrate into your curriculum, homes, and libraries for the rest of the year, too. Therefore, I have listed 28 Picture Books for Black History Month and Beyond, all written by #OwnVoices brilliant Black authors. Check out these amazing books so that we can make sure Black History is taught this month and year-round!

Black Lives Matter at School Week: A List of Picture Books

For Black Lives Matter at School Week, I have created a list of picture books related to each day’s values. I encourage you to use these during your lessons, story times, bedtimes, and/or any other time to make sure that Black Lives Matter at School Week is weaved throughout our students and children’s days. There are 27 picture books listed below. The majority were written by Black authors.

Happy Inauguration Week: A Presidential Diverse Book List

Happy Inauguration Week! On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris will be sworn into office at the US Capitol. To kick off this historical Inauguration, I have compiled A Presidential Diverse Book List. These are all books that your classroom, home, and/or library can use to celebrate the Inauguration, learn more about our US Government, and inspire your little ones to one day help change our country. There are 7 Picture Books and 3 Middle Grade & Young Adult Books to pick from. Here’s to four years of change and progress (hopefully)!

Diverse Books to Help PreK-5 Students Begin to Process the U.S. Capitol Terrorism (A Quick List)

Many of us watched all day as the news unfolded today, including our kiddos! Our Grades PreK-5 students ARE seeing the affects of the news on their grown-ups and/or seeing the news themselves. Just like our older students, they need a place to process through the events of the US Capitol Terrorism. We hope this quick list of diverse books helps you start to brainstorm the right plans for your kiddos tomorrow as we all navigate this extreme hurt and distrust.

2020 Diverse Book List

The year of 2020 has also brought a plethora of new diverse books. Therefore, to celebrate this brilliance that came out of 2020, Colorful Pages is publishing our first-ever Annual Diverse Book List. In this 2020 Diverse Book List, we list some of the top books that we have seen and/or reviewed that have been published this year. I was able to list 30 books: 10 Picture Books, 11 Early Chapter Books & Middle Grade Books, and 9 Young Adult Books. Check out our 2020 Diverse Book List to see what diverse books you’ve read this year and what books need to be added to your TBR list!

Grades 3-5 Figurative Language Lesson: Free Lesson Plan & Materials Centering a Diverse Book

We can slowly feel the changes from Autumn to Winter embracing our towns. The changing of seasons lends itself so well to figurative language, which makes it the perfect time to teach it! Therefore, I created a free lesson plan and materials to teach (or review) figurative language to students in Grades 3-5. There are even differentiated worksheets and assessment criteria for you to really meet your students' needs. Check it out below!