After a webinar about using children’s literature in the curriculum, I received a request from the participants to recommend some books with images of African-American children and their families. Below is a short list I compiled based on recommendations from the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, the American Library Association website, Best Children’s Books: Diverse Books for Children, and from my collection.
Some of the books have African-American children as the main characters. Others are excellent stories with Black children and families. Some books focus on the issue of bullying as a part of addressing racism. I recommend you also include books about African-American heroes and heroines, although they are not on this list. Please ask African-American teachers for other books they recommend. All of the books on this list are ones I hope you will include in your early education classroom and share with other teachers and families.
- Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
- Big Mama’s by Donald Crews
- Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin
- I Am Enough by Grace Byers
- Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
- Love Your Hair by Phoenyx Austin
- Night on Neighborhood Street by Eloise Greenfield
- One Love (Bob Marley Song) by Cardella Marley
- Pretty Brown Face by Andrea and Brian Pinkney
- Skin Like Mine by LaTashia M. Perry
- Sulve by Lapita Nuong’o
- The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
- We’re Different, We’re the Same by Bobbi Kate
- Who Ever You Are by Mem Fox
- Wild Wild Sunflower Child Anna by Nancy Carlstrom
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