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Black History Month

Black History Month Quote from Barack Obama, with his photo
Black History Month Quote from Tracee Eliss Ross, with her photo
Black History Month Quote from Tom Perez, with his photo
Black History Month Quote from Lupita Nyong'o, with her photo

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Celebrating Black Heritage


In observance of Black History Month, Norwich Public Schools is hosting an evening to honor the varied historical and modern day accomplishments of African Americans in the United States, Connecticut, Norwich and within our schools.

Evening to include:

  • student performances

  • engaging family activities

  • face painting

  • Arts-n-crafts

  • local artist exhibits

  • community exhibit tables, and more!

Reading List

Please know many of these books are great options for family reading, no matter the reading level. Many older children will gain a lot from the messages in younger books and younger students can be engaged in great conversations as you read together!

Title and Author

Recommended Reading Age

Dream Big Little One by Vashti Harrison Birth-3
Think Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison Birth-3
Lola Gets a Cat by Anna McQuinn 2-5
Be You by Peter Reynolds 3-7
Beautify Blackbird by Ashley Bryan 3-8
We Shall Overcome by Bryan Collier 3-8
I am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes 3-8
The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes 4-6
Just Like Me by Vanessa Brantley-Newton 4-7
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats 4-7
Cece Loves Science by Kimberly Derting and Shelli Johannes 4-8
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena 4-8
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall 4-8
Violet’s Music by Angela Johnson 4-8
The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey 4-8
Sulwe by Lupita Nyong 4-8
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson 4-8
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes 4-8
Change Sins by Amanda Gorman 4-8
The Doctor With An Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath by Julia Finley Mosca 4-9
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson 5-8
Come On, Rain by Karen Hesse 5-8
Hair Love by Matthew A Sherry 5-8
Coming On Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson 5-8
Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson 5-8
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson 5-9
It’s A Girl Thing: Smart, Fierce and Leading the Way by Pri Ferrari 5-9
Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds 6-8
Hidden Figures by Margot Shetterly 6-10
Jada Sly Artist and Spy 8-12
Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callendar 8-12
So Done by Paula Chase 8-12
Class Act by Jerry Craft 9-12
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Dwame Mbalia 9-12
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson 9-12
P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia 9-12
A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee 9-12
How High the Moon by Karyn Parsons 9-12
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste 9-12
New Kid by Jerry Craft 9-12
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia 9-12
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia 9-12
Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood Edited by Kwame Mbalia 9+
The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon 9+
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis 10-11
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes 10+
Blended by Sharon M. Draper 10+
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodsoon 10+
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander 10+
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams 10+
Ghost by Jason Reynolds 10+
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes 10+
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodsoon 10+
Like vanessa by Tami Charles 10+
My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich 10+
Roll of Thunder, Hear me Cry by Mildred D. Taylor 10+
Season of Styx malone by Kekla Magoon 10+
Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore 10+

Virtual Bookshelf

Choose a book from the virtual bookshelf to read with your family - sit back and enjoy some of these wonderful reads!