Honoring Black History Month with Books and Conversation for Young Readers

In honor of Black History Month, Jumpstart is featuring children’s books on social media throughout the month of February that celebrate the stories and voices of important figures in Black history. We hope these books will create opportunities to talk about race, civil rights, and social justice with a child in your life. As you prepare for these conversations, you can use this resource to help guide you.

Today, we are featuring Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman, written by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by David Diaz. Wilma Unlimited tells the story of how Wilma Rudolph overcame significant obstacles to become the first American woman to earn three gold medals in the Olympics.

Do you have a favorite book about an important African-American figure that you would like us to share? Keep the conversation going and share your favorites in the comments below. And be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for more recommendations throughout the month!

At Jumpstart, we believe work around diversity, equity, and inclusion happens all year — not only during Black History Month. As an organization, we are committed to embedding these important principles into our program and curriculum, our policy and advocacy agenda, and all aspects of our organization. Learn more about Jumpstart’s commitment to building a diverse and inclusive organization and our pledge to address systemic injustices that contribute to substantial opportunity gaps for children of color.

Wilma Unlimited:

How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman

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