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26 Children's Books That Celebrate Black Heroes

From scientists and singers, to activists and artists: these books will teach children about black heroes.

1. Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills by Renee Watson, illustrated by Christian Robinson.

2. A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet.

3. Dizzy by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Sean Qualls.

4. Fly High!: The Story of Bessie Coleman by Louise Borden and Mary Kay Kroeger, illustrated by Teresa Flavin.

5. Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa by Jeanette Winter.

6. Salt in His Shoes by Deloris Jordan with Roslyn M. Jordan, illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

7. Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Jamey Christoph.

8. Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney.

9. Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown, illustrated by Frank Morrison.

10. Alvin Ailey by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney.

11. I Am Jackie Robinson by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos.

12. When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick Hill, illustrated by Theodore Taylor III.

13. The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles, illustrated by George Ford.

14. She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story by Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Don Tate.

15. Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington by Jabari Asim, illustrated by Bryan Collier.

16. If A Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks by Faith Ringgold.

17. Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You A Pie by Robbin Gourley.

18. Bad News for Outlaws by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie.

19. Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson.

20. Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine, illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

21. It Jes' Happened: When Bill Trayler Started to Draw by Don Tate, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie.

22. Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by David Diaz.

23. Molly, by Golly! by Dianne Ochiltree, illustrated by Kathleen Kemly.

24. A Weed is a Flower: The Life of George Washington Carver by Aliki.

25. Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat by Roxane Orgill, illustrated by Sean Qualls.

26. A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina's Dream by Kristy Dempsey and Floyd Cooper.