Black and Brown Kids Book Collection

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.

  1. Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry and Vashti Harrison

  2. One Love adapted by Cedella Marley

  3. Jamaica and Brianna by Juanita Havill

  4. Shades of Black, A Celebration of our Children by Sandra L. Pinkney

  5. Sophia Sparks  by Elanor Best

  6. Mary Had a Little Glam by Tammi Sauer

  7. Love by Stacy McAnulty

  8. I Love My Hair by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

  9. Island Born by Junot Diaz

  10. Princess Planet An Octet of Odes  By Israel Cook and Kim Archung

  11. Honeysmoke by Monique Fields

  12. Ira Crumb Feels the Feelings by Nasem Hrab and Josh Holinaty

  13. Before She was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome

  14. A Pretty Little Black Girl by Betty K. Bynum

  15. Dancing In the Wings by Debbie Allen

  16. Beautiful Beautiful Me by Ashley Sirah Hinton

  17. Who is Barack Obama by Roberta Edwards

  18. Who is Michelle Obama by Megan Stine

  19. 15 Things Not to do with a Baby by Margaret McAllister

  20. I Got The Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison

  21. A is for Anacostia by Dr. Courtney Davis

  22. You Can Do it Too by Karen Baicker

  23. On an Island with Gauguin by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober

  24. Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison

  25. 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. 

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