This post is dedicated to sharing my current home collection of books for black/brown kids. This book list is by all means for EVERYONE. Representation matters not just for the little brown and black children reading these stories, but also for those who aren’t. We need more exposure to the masses of media that portrays black and brown children in leading and strong roles. Since these types of roles don’t fully exist in digital forms, we look to art and books. Here is our current collection. Please note all books were not written by black/brown Authors, and for me, that isn’t always a determining factor in my purchase if the content is well composed.
Keep scrolling to watch the video of my Live on Instagram discussing some of these books and why we love them! We’ve found our books at Book Fairs, Pop Ups, Coffee Shops, Online and more. They’re not hard to find if you look for them! The list is color coded to identify which Books are for Toddlers, New Readers, and Independent Readers.
- Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry and Vashti Harrison
- One Love adapted by Cedella Marley
- Jamaica and Brianna by Juanita Havill
- Shades of Black, A Celebration of our Children by Sandra L. Pinkney
- Sophia Sparks by Elanor Best
- Mary Had a Little Glam by Tammi Sauer
- Love by Stacy McAnulty
- I Love My Hair by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
- Island Born by Junot Diaz
- Princess Planet An Octet of Odes By Israel Cook and Kim Archung
- Honeysmoke by Monique Fields
- Ira Crumb Feels the Feelings by Nasem Hrab and Josh Holinaty
- Before She was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome
- A Pretty Little Black Girl by Betty K. Bynum
- Dancing In the Wings by Debbie Allen
- Beautiful Beautiful Me by Ashley Sirah Hinton
- Who is Barack Obama by Roberta Edwards
- Who is Michelle Obama by Megan Stine
- 15 Things Not to do with a Baby by Margaret McAllister
- I Got The Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison
- A is for Anacostia by Dr. Courtney Davis
- You Can Do it Too by Karen Baicker
- On an Island with Gauguin by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober
- Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison
- Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne
If you have any other book recommendations that are not listed, please add them to the comments! We would love to add them to our collection!
For more about these books, watch the video from my Instagram Live Here.