Authentic Black stories matter for all children. Not only do these stories portray for children the richness and diversity of the Black American experience, they allow Black and Brown children to see themselves in media. Check out these stories written by some of the most exciting children’s book creators working today!
Books celebrating Black children and culture.
The Year We Learned to Fly by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael Lopez.
By heeding their wise grandmother’s advice, a brother and sister discover the ability to use their brilliant minds to imagine a better world.
A Place Inside of Me: A poem to heal the heart by Zetta Elliott, illustrated by Noa Denmon.
Poetry and artwork articulate a child’s experiences following a police shooting—through grief and protests, healing and community.
Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o, illustrated by Vashti Harrison.
Actor Nyong’o addresses colorism in this magical story about a girl who wishes her skin were lighter, but ultimately learns to love herself and see her own beauty.
Bedtime stories, special times, and everyday life.
Bright Brown Baby by Andrea Davis Pinkney; illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Cuddle up and share these sweet poems that celebrate black and brown babies, and the tender early days between parent and child.
Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson.
While Milo takes a long subway ride with his older sister to visit his incarcerated mother, he observes, imagines, and draws.
Soul Food Sunday by Winsome Bingham; illustrated by C. G. Esperanza.
Granny teaches her grandson to cook the family meal in this loving celebration of food, traditions, and gathering together at the table.
PEOPLE & HISTORY
Books for young children about Black history and culture.
Opal Lee and What it Means to be Free : The True Story of the Grandmother of Juneteenth by Alice Faye Duncan; illustrated by Keturah A Bobo.
The story of Black activist Opal Lee and her vision of Juneteenth as a holiday for everyone.
The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Frank Morrison.
Presents the history of hip-hop including, how it evolved from folktales, spirituals, and poetry.
Shirley Chisholm is a Verb by Veronica Chambers, illustrated by Rachelle Baker
Celebrates the life and contributions of the first Black woman in Congress who sought the Democratic nomination to be president.