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6 Must-Read Children’s Books that Celebrate Black Culture, Diversity and Kindness

As we celebrate Black History Month, our classes are reading and exploring various types of books that celebrate Black culture, diversity and kindness. These books are springboards for age-appropriate discussions and meaningful lessons that pay tribute to Black history and encourage everyone to celebrate what makes us all unique.

Wondering which books are some of our favorites? Check them out below.

I Am Enough by Grace Byers

“I know that we don’t look the same; our skin, our eyes, our hair, our frame. But that does not dictate our worth; we both have places here on earth.” These are some of the touching words and just one of the powerful messages you’ll find in this bestseller.

 


Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

When young Grace wants to be Peter Pan in her class play, other children tell her she can’t because she’s Black and she’s a girl. She ultimately learns you can be anything you want to be and inspires readers to pursue their dreams – regardless of what others say.

 

Bright Eyes, Brown Skin by Cheryl Willis Hudson and Bernette G. Ford

Follow along with Olivia, Jordan, Ethan and Alexa – four African American preschool classmates – as they explore the many features that make each of them beautiful and learn from one another. This book is a noted staple for preschool and early childhood readers/listeners.

 

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

This New York Times bestseller – which also received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award and an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Literary Work – explores colorism through the story of one little girl who learns about true beauty and the value of self-esteem.

 

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

Hailed as a must-have for every child’s home library, this book follows a grandmother and her grandson on their bus ride around town. As the boy asks questions about the world around them, his grandmother shares her wisdom and compassion, encouraging both empathy and gratitude.

 

This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt

A “toe-tapping, finger-snapping tribute to African-American jazz giants,” this book – which follows the rhythm of the song “This Old Man” – encourages kids to join in on the magic of jazz with music and dancing.

The list is just the start of the children’s literature we love on Black culture and diversity.

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