Observed in February, Black History Month began as a way of remembering the achievements and history of African Americans.  It honors Black people from all periods of U.S. history, from the enslaved people first brought over from Africa in the early 17th century to African Americans living in the United States today.

Celebrate Black History Month by introducing students to the amazing accomplishments of George Washington Carver, Rosa Parks, Kathrine Johnson (Hidden Figures), Aretha Franklin and Lonnie Johnson.  Classroom-ready lessons and activities are provided for each picture book title..

The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver

Author Gene Barretta, Illustrator Frank Morrison

Harper Collins: 2020

Full lesson .PDF: YES George Washington Carver Lesson


Author Nikki Giovanni, Illustrator Bryan Collier

Henry Holt & Co.: 2005

Full lesson .PDF: YES Rosa Parks Lesson

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

Author Margot Lee Shetterly, Illustrator Laura Freeman

Harper Collins: 2018

Full lesson .PDF: YES Hidden Figures Lesson

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul

Author Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrator Frank Morrison

Harper Collins: 2020

Full lesson .PDF: YES Aretha Frankin Concepts Activity

Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions

Author Chris Barton, Illustrator Don Tate

Charlesbridge: 2016

Full lesson .PDF: YES Lonnie Johnson Lesson