February is Black History Month. Celebrate by sharing books by Black authors and illustrators with your kids. Authentic Black stories matter for all children. Not only do these stories portray for all 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. Here you’ll find titles that explore issues such as skin color, beauty, and self-esteem.
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.
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.
People & History
Here are just a few books to introduce young children about Black history and culture. For more titles, check out our blog post, Juneteenth: Honoring Black Culture and History with Picture Books.