Reach OUT and READ Oklahoma Style — Black History Month books for young and old

This article was in the Greater Tulsa Region News, but it was so good, we thought it worth repeating. We wish more communities were this proactive!

Reach Out and Read Oklahoma offers book list for Black History Month


OKLAHOMA CITY – Reach Out and Read Oklahoma believes in the power of books in breaking the chains of generational poverty, beginning with our children. The organization is offering a list of recommended books for Black History Month in February.

Steve Davis, the state director of Reach Out and Read Oklahoma, said he believes that the only way to break the chains of generational poverty is through the power of literacy and books.

“Illiteracy is both a cause and a consequence of poverty,” Davis said. “If we are going to truly prepare our babies to enter school ready to learn, we must first make sure they can recognize letters, have a nurturing home environment and that a loved one is encouraging a love of reading.

“It is our belief that if you give a child a love for books, they will develop a love for learning, which will lead to success in school, and that love is best given by a parent or someone who loves them.”

Black History Month is a remembrance of the events in the history of the African Diaspora.  Since 1976, it has been celebrated annually in the United States of America and Canada in February. The goal of Black History Month is to educate the American people about the African-American cultural background and reputable achievements.

With that in mind, Reach Out and Read Oklahoma has put together a booklist of great African-American children books and books for parents raising African-American children that encourage reading and give tools to develop a strong reader and to inspire all children to aim high.

The book list includes the following titles:

  • Heroes for Civil Rights by David A. Adler
  • Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman and Carline Binch
  • Aunt Flossie’s hats (and Crab cakes Later) by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
  • Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold
  • Baby Says by John Steptoe
  • Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco
  • Barack Obama: United States President by Roberta Edwards
  • Black Pioneers of Science and Invention by Louis Haber
  • Afro-Bets Book of Black Heroes by Wade Hudson
  • Amazing Peace by Maya Angelou
  • Barack Obama:  Son of Promise Child of Hope by Nikki Grimes
  • Just Like Martin by Ossie Davis
  • Justin and the best Biscuits in the World by Mildred Pitts Walter
  • Mama, I Want to Sing by Vy Higginsen
  • Booklist for Parents reading:
  • Learning while black: Creating Educational Excellence for African American Children by Janice E. Hale
  • Young, Gifted and Black:  Promoting High Achievement among African-American Students by Theresa Perry
  • Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School & Life by Baruti K. Kafele
  • Black Children: Their Roots, Culture, and Learning Styles by Janice E. Hale-Benson
  • The Power of One:  How You Can Help or Harm African American Students by Dr. Gail Thompson
  • Through Ebony Eyes: What Teachers Need to Know but Are Afraid to Ask About African American Students by Dr. Gail Thompson

Reach Out and Read is a program of Smart Start Central Oklahoma. Learn more about Reach Out and Read Oklahoma atwww.reachoutandreadok.org.

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