Black & Biracial Children's books for any child's library to celebrate diversity & inspire change.
Updated: Sep 4, 2020
Several years ago I began collecting books for my daughter Devyn, who is mixed with black and white. I wanted to take every opportunity I could to make sure our home was diversified not just with baby dolls and Barbies but with books. With my older daughter there were NO options. Princess movies years ago for example, only had the white texture, long silky hair - and this time around I wanted Devyn to know she was still able to be just as much of a princess with her curls and tan skin. I wanted to find more books with kids that that looked like her, hair like hers, ones that she could identify with and be proud of. Fun books, adventure books, acceptance books. I wanted her to know her curls and her skin were both beautiful and special even if it wasn't like mine or the fairy tale stories she saw over and over again.
Over the years we have created a little collection at home, but its an imperative time to do more. I wanted to incorporate more for education as well now that she is getting older, to understand culture, celebrate diversity, and help to inspire change. So I put together a list of books that we have and additional ideas that would be so beneficial for every childs' library, whether you’re black, white, or somewhere in between. Some are even available on the kindle version free.
These are just a few of so many but its a def great place to start and more listed on the site.
I'm a Pretty Little Black Girl! - Betty Bynum (Devyn's Fav Recommendation)
I am Enough - Grace Byers
I am Mixed - Garcelle Beauvais
I Can Do Hard Things - Mindful Affirmations for Kids - Gabi Garcia
Hair Love - Matthew A. Cherry and Vashti Harrison
The Day You Begin - Jacqueline Woodson
Boy who Never Gave Up-Stephen Curry
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut - Derrick Barnes
Little Leaders - Bold Women in Black History - Vashti Harrison
Little Leaders - Exceptional Men in Black History - Vashti Harrison
I Like Myself - Karen Beaumont
A girl named Misty - American Girl Doll - Kelly Starling Lyons
Princess Cupcake Jones and the Dance Recital - Ylleya Fields
Who is Michelle Obama - Megan Stine
The Story of Harriet Tubman - Christine Platt
The Other Side - Jacqueline Woodson
All Are Welcome - Alexandra Penfold
I am Martin Luther King, Jr. - Brad Meltzer
This Book is Anti-Racist - Tiffany Jewell
Great opportunity to teach and we personally will be using this as summer reading, and opportunity for book report money. My child is motivated by money, so I dont mind giving her a few dollars per book. Its still money I would have spent on things she didn't need, but now she can buy them herself, however but the greatest reward I can't ever buy her, is knowledge - that is priceless.