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.


New Orleans Books that Celebrate Black History Month