Looking for children’s books for little Black girls and boys? Look no further.
You all loved the list, 30 Awesome Picture Books Uplifting Black Kids with Natural Hair, so much that it truly blew me away. I was so excited by how many people saw value in it, and shared it with their friends, family, and local educators!
While the first list focused heavily on Natural Hair and Self-Love books for little black girls, this one has a lot more stories of black children just being kids (something that is so important!).
This list, Part 2, features books almost entirely made up by responses to the original! These are your recommendations!
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First, because this blog does focus on Black Hair…
We’ll start with the Natural Hair Books for little black girls and boys:
My Hair is Poofy & That’s Okay is a beautifully illustrated book by NAACP nominated author/illustrator Nikkolas Smith, where the main character explores the diverse features around her.
Marisol’s Hair is the story of Marisol, a girl who’s hair just won’t stop growing. After running away and hiding in a tower, she’ sees a girl in trouble. She must decide between staying safe in the tower, or helping someone in need.
Princess Hair is yet another book from the talented Sharee Miller. This one showcases all the ways hair can be styled. It’s perfect, it’s one of the most recommended uplifting books for little black girls.
Nappy Hair is written in a “call and response” style. It’s the story of Brenda’s “nappy” hair. I find it fascinating how earlier books on Natural Hair all used the word “Nappy”, even though many black people will cringe upon hearing it. But still, I think there is still value in these books.
MyLuv’s Special Hair is the story of a young girl who learns to to showcase her confidence, empowering young kids to love themselves and their hair.
My Hair is Beautiful… Because it’s Mine is a playful, rhyming book with illustrations of children with African-American hair styles. A bonus that it has a black boy on the cover! It’s hard to find books featuring #BlackBoyJoy.
Hair, it’s a Family Affair highlights the joys of Natural Hair, with colourful Illustrations. A beautiful book for young black boys and girls.
In the beautifully illustrated Boonoonoonous Hair, a young girl learns to love her “difficult-to-manage, voluminous and boonoonoonous hair'”
My Hair is a Garden After being bullied for her “unruly hair’ Mackenzie seeks comfort from her neighbor, Miss Tillie. In this book, her the beautiful garden in the back yard is used as a metaphor for beautiful hair. A great way to inspire black children to love their hair, and enjoy taking care of it.
Finally, another book for little black boys. Crown: an Ode to the Fresh Cut is a rhythmic story that celebrates the “self-esteem, confidence, and swagger boys feel when they leave the barber’s chair”.
Glonda is an adventurous four year old who is in love with her natural hair and all it can do!
In Penny and the Magic Puffballs, Penny wanted her hair “down” like the other girls. (Man do I relate to that one). When her mom styles her hair in “Magic puffballs” she goes on fun adventures, and discovers the magic in her hair.
Books Teaching Black Boys and Girls empowerment and Self-Love (Not Just Focused on Hair)
14 & 15. Loving Me Series by Angelot Ndongmo
The Loving Me series is another set of books that encourages young black kids to love themselves the way they are. There is one targeted at young girls (focusing on hair), and one towards young boys.
Beautiful Me is another children’s story inspiring self-love. “She loves the reflection she sees when she looks in the mirror. What some people may see as flaws when they look at her, she finds those things to be beautiful.”
I Like Myself is a rhyming board book with fun illustrations, and it is an “ode to self-esteem”!
This one was an interesting find, and was recommended by a number of people on Twitter. Originally a story in Spanish, Nina Bonita is story about a white rabbit who wants to paint itself black to be as dark and beautiful as the girl next door.
Black is a Rainbow Color is a debut from Angela Joy. There are so many colours in the rainbow, but not Black, yet it is all around us. This story is a celebration of blackness, and an “anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on”.
The Joys of Being a Black Boy takes us through history, celebrating notable black men who were all at one point, little black boys.
The Colors of Us celebrates the similarities and the differences in the people around us. A young girl goes for a walk, noting all the different shades of brown around her.
Why Am I Me? follows two children unknowingly asking the same question. A book that celebrates diversity, connection, and empathy.
Children’s Books that aren’t about Hair or Being Black, but feature Children of Color
Rolling into Peace teaches children about mediation and conflict resolution. It talks about the types of words that can stop a conversation and those that can encourage dialogue.
Ruby’s Worry follows a little black girl with… well, with a worry. As it continues to grow, making her more and more sad, Ruby wants to learn how to get rid of it, and feel like herself again.
This is a great tool for children, an opening to talk to kids about things that bother them, and how to handle them.
With her quick thinking Liza Lou manages to outwit all the haunts, gobblygooks, witches, and devils in the Yeller Belly Swamp.
Izzy Gizmo is an inventor, and sometimes her inventions don’t quite work out. But when she sees a little crow in need, she has to help! This book will inspire Black girls to invent.
In What If… readers get taken along on adventure that shows the magic and power of the imagination.
Dancing in the Wings would have been such an inspirational book to have as a little Black girl (as I was a dancer, and didn’t see much imagery that reflected my experience). This story was written by the Debbie Allen, an absolute force in the dance world.
An adorable story about a girl who hears the rhythm in everything around her, I Got the Rhythm is full of vibrant illustrations.
Too Many Tickles! is meant to get you and the kids tickling and laughing. An adorable and fun read, where black kids can also see themselves on the page!
Activity and Coloring Books
This is an adorable coloring and activity book that showcases a bunch of different natural hairstyles for Black girls! It’s filled with 100 pages of activities!
I absolutely love the premise of I Need You to Know: The ABC’s of Black Girl Magic. It’s educational, inspirational, and FUN, because well, it’s a colouring book!
So, what do you think of this list of children’s books for little black girls and boys? Make sure you SHARE far and wide. Not only are these books phenomenal to add to your shelf, many are written by black authors! Show them support!
While you’re at it, check out and share the 1st list of children’s books!
If you have any of these books, let us know which ones below! If you have any recommendations for a part 3, let me know those too!
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