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Audiobooks to Celebrate Black History Month

Categories: Activities, Audiobook Library, Reading Champions, Students

In celebration of black history month, we're featuring three extraordinary audiobooks to get your child excited about reading. Click the "book trailer" to hear a passage narrated by our awesome voice artists, volunteers and authors who bring stories and information to life for the reader. We have also included a link to a list of additional recommended titles for each grade band. We know students will find these audiobooks to be very compelling reads.

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of a Young Civil Rights Activist

by Cynthia Levinson
Elementary: Grades 0-3 

Young AA Girl Marching

In our first selection, early learners will meet Audrey Faye Hendricks, the youngest known child arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963. This picture book proves you're never too little to make a difference. Nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks was confident, bold, and brave. Read this remarkable and inspiring story of one child's role in the Civil Rights Movement. Watch Book trailer

Other good reads: Black History Audiobooks Elementary

Rebound: Prequel To The Crossover

by Kwame Alexander
Middle School: Grades 5-7

Kwame Alexander Rebound

Middle school readers who loved the Crossover by Kwame Alexander will enjoy this prequel about Charlie Bell, the father of Josh and Jordan Bell, who grew up making his own moves on the basketball court. Go back in time to visit the childhood of Chuck "Da Man" Bell during one pivotal summer when he is sent to stay with his grandparents and discovers basketball and learns more about his family's past. Watch Book trailer

Other good reads: Black History Audiobooks Middle


by Yaa Gyasi
High School: Grades 9+

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

The story takes place in the eighteenth century and follows the parallel paths of two half-sisters born into different villages each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other is captured in a raid, imprisoned in the same castle, and sold into slavery. Follow their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Learn about the troubled legacy of slavery and the nightmare of captivity that is a part of our nation's history. Watch Book trailer

Other good reads: Black History Audiobooks High

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