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  • Writer's pictureLori Stuart

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.

  1. I'm a Pretty Little Black Girl! - Betty Bynum (Devyn's Fav Recommendation)

  2. I am Enough - Grace Byers

  3. I am Mixed - Garcelle Beauvais

  4. I Can Do Hard Things - Mindful Affirmations for Kids - Gabi Garcia

  5. Hair Love - Matthew A. Cherry and Vashti Harrison

  6. We're Different, We're the Same (Sesame Street) - Bobbi Kates

  7. Hair Like Mine - LaTashia M. Perry

  8. Skin Like Mine - LaTashia M. Perry

  9. The Day You Begin - Jacqueline Woodson

  10. Black Women in Science: A Black History Book for Kids - PhD Kimberly Brown Pellum

  11. Sulwe-Lupita Nyong'o

  12. Boy who Never Gave Up-Stephen Curry

  13. Salt in his shoes-  Deloris Jordan (Author), Roslyn M. Jordan (Author), Kadir Nelson

  14. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut - Derrick Barnes

  15. Teach Your Dragon About Diversity - Steve Herman

  16. Dream Big - Deloris Jordan

  17. Little Leaders - Bold Women in Black History - Vashti Harrison

  18. Little Leaders - Exceptional Men in Black History - Vashti Harrison

  19. I Like Myself - Karen Beaumont

  20. Ruth and the Green Book - Calvin Alexander Ramsey & The Negro Motorist Green Book

  21. A girl named Rosa - American Girl Doll

  22. A girl named Misty - American Girl Doll - Kelly Starling Lyons

  23. Princess Cupcake Jones and the Dance Recital - Ylleya Fields

  24. Who is Michelle Obama - Megan Stine

  25. The Story of Harriet Tubman - Christine Platt

  26. The Other Side - Jacqueline Woodson

  27. All Are Welcome - Alexandra Penfold

  28. The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist - Cynthia Levinson

  29. I am Martin Luther King, Jr. - Brad Meltzer

  30. 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.

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