February is a short month, but we pack a lot in! There are so many holidays and events to cover in the month of February. From Black History Month, to Groundhog Day, to Valentine’s Day. If it’s a Leap Year, there’s another thing to celebrate! Use this list of February books for your classroom to cover all the holidays and celebrations of the month. You can find even more book recommendations here!
Books to Teach about the Civil Rights Movement
Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton
Paula Young Shelton, a child of a civil rights activist, tells the story of the civil rights movement from the perspective of a child. This book is a fantastic teaching tool for your classroom. Below are more books to teach about the civil rights movement.
- Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson
- Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney
- Rosa’s Bus: The Ride to Civil Rights by Jo S. Kittinger
- My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King III
- The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
- Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box by Michael S. Bandy
Books to Celebrate Black Joy, Accomplishment, and Beauty
Change Sings by Amanda Gorman
This book teaches that anything is possible when we join our voices together! It is written by presidential inaugural poet and activist Amanda Gorman. Listed below are February books that recognize Black icons and figures as well as books that celebrate Black joy.
- Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed
- I am Jackie Robinson by Brad Meltzer
- Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama
- Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy
- Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
- Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
- The Story of Barack Obama by Tonya Leslie
February Books to Teach about Groundhog Day
Groundhog’s Day Off by Robb Pearlman
In this fun story, Groundhog has decided to take a vacation! The town must hold auditions to fill his spot, but no one seems to fit. Will they find a replacement or have to convince Groundhog to return?
- Groundhog Weather School by Joan Holub
- Groundhug Day by Anne Marie Pace
- The Night Before Groundhog Day by Natasha Wing
- Groundhog Day by Gail Gibbons
- Ten Grouchy Groundhogs by Kathryn Heling
- Go to Sleep, Groundhog by Judy Cox
Books to Teach about Love and Valentine’s Day
A Crankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger
This is a February favorite! In this story, an ordinary kid turns into Crankenstein on the loviest day of the year: Valentine’s Day. I also have a candy heart craft that pairs well with this book or any other book about love!
- Love is My Favorite Thing by Emma Chichester Clark
- Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli
- Love Monster by Rachel Bright
- Hedgehugs by Steve Wilson
- Valensteins by Ethan Long
- The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
- I Need a Hug by Aaron Blabey
Books to Celebrate the 100th Day of School
100th Day Worries by Margery Cuyler
Jessica has to choose 100 things to bring for the 100th day of school, but she can’t decide what to bring. More 100th day books are listed below.
- Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
- The Night Before the 100th Day of School by Natasha Wing
- 100 School Days by Anne Rockwell
Books to Teach about Being President and Presidents’ Day
Presidents’ Day by Anne Rockwell
In this story, Mrs. Madoff’s class learns about Presidents’ Day by putting on a play!
- Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio
- This Little President by Joan Holub
- Kid Presidents by David Stabler
- Abe’s Honest Words by Doreen Rappaport
- George Washington’s Birthday by Margaret McNamara
- The Next President by Kate Messner
- I am Abraham Lincoln by Brad Meltzer
- The Story of Barack Obama by Tonya Leslie
- I am George Washington by Brad Meltzer
- Fly Guy Presents: The White House by Tedd Arnold
- So You Want to be President? by Judith St. George
February Books for Leap Years
Leopold’s Long Awaited Leap Year Birthday by Dawn Desjardins
Leopold’s birthday is on February 29th but it seems to never come! Leopold’s mother explains that he has a leap year birthday! Other February books to teach about leap years are listed below.
- Leap’s Day: February 29 by Stephanie Bee Simmons
- It’s My Birthday…Finally! by Michelle Whitaker Winfrey
I hope these February books add to your classroom collection! Want activities to use in your classroom for the month of February? Check out this blog post!
Hi, I’m Libby!
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