February is Black History Month and we have a lot of great African-Americans who have contributed to our country, our city, our history and our culture. Here is a list of books by New Orleans writers or about New Orleanians that celebrate Black History Month for New Orleans Kids.
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On Mardi Gras Day by Fatima Shaik is follow two children on Mardi Gras day, from seeing the Mardi Gras Indians, two Zulu and Rex on Canal St, see the day through their eyes and experiences. Sadly this book is out of print but can be purchased used on Amazon
Spy Boy, Cheyenne, and 96 Crayons: A “Mardi Gras” Indian’s Story by Rob and Edie Owen. Spy Boy uses the lessons his dad, Big Chief, taught him when he gets lost on Mardi Gras Day.
D. J. and the Zulu Parade by Denise McConduit. DJ is going to be a page for the queen of Zulu.
Though My Eyes by Ruby Bridges tell the story of her walk into school in 1960 in her own words.
Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans by Phil Bildner is a heartwarming talk about a real garbage man and the difference he made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews is a lively picture book autobiography that celebrates the rich culture of New Orleans.
A Storm Called Katrina by Myron Uhlberg is a moving story on the effects of the hurricanes as seen through the eyes of a 10 year old boy.
Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song by Andrea Davis Pinkney is the story of these to powerful voices and lives side by side.
If I Only Had a Horn by Roxanna Orgill is the story of young Louis Armstrong.
Jazz ABZ: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits by Wynton Marsalis celebrates the spirit of 26 stellar jazz performers from Armstrong to Dizzy.
Satchmo’s Blues by Alan Schroeder is a story about Louis Armstrong and how he became the Ambassador of Jazz.first
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles captures the spirit of six-year-old Ruby Bridges standing alone in the face of racism.
The Jazz of Our Street by Fatima Shaik celebrates New Orleans jazz parades and their traditions.
Mr. Okra Sells Fresh Fruits and Vegetables by Lashon Daley is the story of Mr. Okra, a beloved local, and his truck as he brings food and song to the city of New Orleans.
How Jelly Roll Morton Invented Jazz by Jonah Winter is a picture book biography that riffs on the language and rhythms of old New Orleans while focusing on Jelly Roll Morton, one of America’s early jazz heros.
American Girl: Cecile and Marie Grace Box Set by Denise Lewis Patrick is a six book set about two friends growing up in 1850’s New Orleans.
Magic Tree House: A Good Night For Ghosts by Mary Pope Osborne Discover a world of jazz and meet young Louis Armstrong when Jack and Annie travel to New Orleans.
Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford is a poetic, nonfiction story about a little-known piece of African-American history in New Orleans’ Congo Square.
I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes is an inspirational picture book that carries the promise of equality.
Allen the Alligator Counts Through New Orleans by Megan Braden Perry. Allen and Gus the Goat take an adventure through New Orleans where they eat New Orleans cuisine, listen to live music and even tour a police station. To purchase you can also contact Megan on Facebook or buy it at Octavia Books.
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