Resources from PBS Kids to Honor Black History Month

Black History Month gives us an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of African Americans and recognizing their contributions to U.S. history. PBS offers the following resources for parents and educators to make your celebrations meaningful, including includes a new animated short of Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman’s poem, “Talking Gets Us There,” an original she wrote for the PBS KIDS Talk About: Race and Racism special.

Resources can be found on PBS LearningMedia and PBS KIDS for Parents. They include:

Black Voices and History Resources:

  • A collection that helps parents celebrate and honor Black history with conversation prompts, crafts and reading recommendations for little ones and adults alike
  • A video where Oprah Winfrey interviews Stacey Abrams and shares her thoughts on voting for her values
  • A lesson on astronaut Mae Jemison, the first Black woman to go into space.
  • A video of writer Alice Walker sharing her stories from her childhood

Anti-Racism Resources:

PBS also offers streaming and broadcast options for families to tune-in and celebrate Black History Month.

Streaming & TV*

*Check your local listings

·       PBS KIDS Talk About: Race and Racism

o   Special is available to stream on the PBS KIDS Video app and YouTube

o   PBS KIDS 24/7 Channel: Feb. 16, 2021

o   PBS KIDS Family Night event: Feb. 19 – 21, 2021

·       The Power of We: A Sesame Street Special

o   Special is available to stream on PBS KIDS Video app

o   PBS KIDS: Feb. 9 and Feb. 11, 2021

o   PBS KIDS 24/7 Channel: Feb. 10 and Feb. 16, 2021

o   PBS KIDS Family Night event: Feb. 19 – 21, 2021

·       Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum

o   Episodes that celebrate Black leaders available to stream on the PBS KIDS Video app and YouTube

o   “Celebrating Black Leaders” episodes will air throughout the month, including a PBS KIDS Family Night event the weekend of Feb. 5 – 7, 2021

o   Featured episodes include: I am Harriet Tubman, I am Jesse Owens, I am Ella Fitzgerald, I am Rosa Parks, I am Thurgood Marshall, I am Maya Angelou, I am Frederick Douglass, I am Zora Neale Hurston and I am Wilma Rudolph

Upcoming Reviews

The Thankful Unicorn: Dream,is a groundbreaking and uplifting coloring journal designed to build confidence, improve self-esteem, calm anxiety and inspire creativity!

This 132 page, hard-bound book with a built-in elastic band bookmark/closure is filled with whimsical unicorn scenes, positive actions and motivational quotes that will be sure to delight even the young at heart, leading to a more confident, kind and creative human.

Review coming on January 20, 2021

Cleo loves bows. She wears her hair in a bow and decorates her room with bows. Cleo is bow crazy.

Learning to tie a bow is very difficult for some people but Cleo remembers how to do it from a cute story she once heard. It is about a little rabbit with very long ears and a very helpful fox who shows her what to do to keep them clean. This is the story of how Cleo learns to tie a “bunny ear” bow.

Exercises in manual dexterity build self-esteem in children. Knowing how to tie shoe-strings, scarves and more into a bow is a useful and rewarding skill.

“Teach a child a useful skill. Build confidence and self-esteem that lasts a lifetime.”

Review coming January 28, 2021

Picture Book Review: Five Funny Tummy Men by Jean Reed


Why does your tummy ache? Why does it make noises? What happens in your stomach after you eat? Why should you eat slowly? 

In this educational picture book, the author answers these questions and more, describing the “five tummy men” that inhabit our stomachs and their specific jobs: 

Mr. Boss, the one in charge 

Mr. Swallow, catcher of food 

Mr. Grinder, most happy when you chew well 

Mr. Piler, sorter of nutrients into piles for different parts of your body 

Mr. Deliveryman, carrier of piles to your body 

FIVE FUNNY TUMMY MEN encourages dialogue between children and adults, making it a good resource for class or homeschooling discussions. Children are told to eat healthy and chew well and not snack a lot between meals, and in a simple, clear and friendly manner this cute little book explains exactly why. Recommend for readers 4-8.  


Available at Amazon and B&NMulticultural edition on B&N