grand kids reading challenge

A special Grand Kids Black History Month reading challenge is the perfect way for kids to learn about important figures in Black history.

about the challenge

This special Grand Kids Black History Month Reading Challenge is a nationwide campaign to encourage reading while also teaching children and young teens about the lives of Black people in America and around the world. We salute the parents, educators, and community leaders for their continued efforts to keep kids learning through these unprecedented times. Now, more than ever, it is critically important to keep kids engaged in reading and learning about Black History.

Here is a list of Curtis Granderson’s recommended reads that can offer windows into the world of Black lives and introduce children to what Black History Month is all about.

How to Participate

Get Reading

Kids can select any book they like from home, a friend, or their local library.

Track Minutes

Kids track their reading by logging their reading minutes or page count on our printable reading log.

Receive Certificate

Complete your reading log and download your certificate. Don’t forget to share a photo with or tag Curtis Granderson on social media.

Grand Kids Library

Ages: 0-4

Mae Among The Stars by Roda Ahmed

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me Maya Angelou


Ages: 5-7

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

This Jazz Man Book by Karen Ehrhardt

GK Book Age 5-7

Ages: 8-12

What Color is my World by  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer by Carole Boston Weatherford


Age: 13 and Up

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackmon Lowery

March: Book One by Andrew Aydin and John Lewis

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon


Curtis granderson Reads "I am Jackie Robinson"

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