Jan 28, 2019


Black History Month has been celebrated yearly since 1976 after President Ford declared it a month-long tribute. Prior to that it had been celebrated for one week per year since 1926, and it was created to honor, celebrate, and recognize significant contributions African Americans have made to the United States.

During February each year Black History Month is celebrated, but we should not limit ourselves to celebrating African Americans and their contribution to our country to just February.

The following links take you to a few quality collections, resources and inspirations to use with students:

Would you like some books to use in your classroom or library?
Why not let the Grant Wood AEA Media Center help you out by delivering materials right to your school?

Here are a few resources we suggest.
(Click the titles to access and/or reserve)
Historical Fiction book sets: Upper elementary - middle school

"One Crazy Summer"
There are 20 copies of the title "One Crazy Summer" by Rita Williams-Garcia and it was the winner of the Coretta Scott King award and a Newbery Honor book in 2011. It takes place in 1968 and two sisters travel to see their mother and she wants to send them to a Black Panther camp.

"Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry"
This 1977 Newberry Award winner takes place in the 1930s where prejudice and discrimination confused the siblings in this book. This set kit also contains 20 copies as well as a teacher guide.

Writing: All grades
Share some writing tips from Kwame Alexander after reading some of his work,
"The Write Thing: Kwame Alexander engages students in a writing workshop (and you can too!)

E-Books by Kwame Alexander (available immediately through MackinVIA

The Crossover




Need something else? Have questions? Try searching the Media Center Catalog at http://media3.aea10.k12.ia.us/media/wwhome.htx, send us an email at reservations@gwaea.org, or call at 319-399-6754 or 800-642-4107.

“Celebrating Black History Month.” Edited by National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Smithsonian Institution, 27 June 2018, nmaahc.si.edu/blog-post/celebrating-black-history-month.

Dianna Geers, GWAEA teacher librarian