Black History Month and Valentine’s Day..All Rolled into One!

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Black History Month and Valentine's Day..All Rolled into One!

Black History Month and Valentine's combined…what could be better? Parenting Through the School Years (PTSY) has a few book and gift suggestions to help celebrate both at home and in school!

Books, Books and More Books!


I, Too, Am America - Blends the poetic wisdom of Langston Hughes with visionary illustrations from Bryan Collier

Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald - The gutsy Ella from school-girl days to a featured spot with Chick Webb’s band and all the way to her number-one radio hit "A-Tisket, A-Tasket."

The Story Of Ruby Bridges - The year is 1960, and six-year-old Ruby Bridges and her family have recently moved from Mississippi to New Orleans in search of a better life. When a judge orders Ruby to attend first grade at William Frantz Elementary, an all-white school, Ruby must face angry mobs of parents who refuse to send their children to school with her.

Brick by Brick - The title reflects how this towering symbol of America was created by hand, human hands, working toward their freedom, brick by brick.

Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins - Changes are coming to Connie’s town, but Connie just wants to sit at the lunch counter and eat a banana split like everyone else.

Check out our list of wonderful books about influential Afro-Latinos:

Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates - On an island called Puerto Rico, there lived a little boy who wanted only to play baseball. Although he had no money, Roberto Clemente practiced and practiced until--eventually--he made it to the Major Leagues.

Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa - Everyone knows the flamboyant, larger-than-life Celia Cruz, the extraordinary salsa singer who passed away in 2003, leaving millions of fans brokenhearted.

Pele, King of Soccer/Pele, El rey del futbol - Turn the pages of this book to read the true life story of Pelé, King of Soccer, the first man in the history of the sport to score a thousand goals and become a living legend.

Valentine’s Day is around the corner! Why not mix some Black History and Valentine love together? Take a peek at these wonderful reads:

The Legend of the Valentine Board Book: An Inspirational Story of Love and Reconciliation – A moving tale of hope and forgiveness during the Civil Rights Movement when young Marcus, an African-American boy, learns to forgive a classmate who is tormenting him.

Something Beautiful - This little girl learns to see beyond the barren ugliness of her environment to find beauty in her friendships, her family, and herself.

Super-Fine Valentine - Little Bill has a crush, and it's on his classmate Mia! But he doesn't know how to handle these new emotions.

Willimena Rules! Rule Book #5: 23 Ways to Mess Up Valentine's Day -  Willi decides to make sure that she doesn't end up the only kid without any class valentines by stuffing the card box.

Rhyme Time Valentine - Ruby's homemade valentines blow away while she is walking to school, but she figures out a way to give everyone a valentine anyway



Lastly, don’t forget to show some love to your favorite teacher, school guidance counselor, administrative assistant, nurse or custodian with these Valentine Teacher/School Appreciation favorites!

What other Black History Books  and Valentine's Day Traditions are a Must in your home?

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