Books Featuring African-American Children

February is African American History Month, so what better time than to intentionally seek out some books that feature African American children? Whatever your family or classroom’s racial and ethnic make-up, it’s always positive to show our children and students diverse people in the books we read with them.

Picture Books

When I Am Old With You by Angela Johnson

A grandson spends the day with his grandfather. As they do various activities together, he imagines that he will be able to do all of those things with his grandpa each day when he is grown up. Such a sweet read with beautiful illustrations!

Grandma Lena’s Big Ol’ Turnip by Denia Lewis Hester

Adapted from a Russian folktale, Grandma Lena discovers an enormous turnip growing in her garden… And calls on the whole family to help pull it up out of the ground! The ending is a fun celebration with the whole community.

Lola in the Library by Anna McQuinn

One of our favorite books to read as a family! Bold, heart-warming illustrations make this an eye-catching book for children. And the story of Lola’s regular trips to the library resonate with many families who also enjoy spending time together.

Is It My Turn Now? by Catherine Lukas

Part of a series of Little Bill, this book is one that our family often reads. It shows a tight-knit family that  pulls together to help each other out in the children’s various activities, ranging from chess to basketball to a school play.

Board Books

In the Wind by Elizabeth Spurr

A great book as spring is around the corner, this is the story of a little girl who plays with her kite on a windy day. Just when she thinks it may have blown away and lost forever, she gets a lovely surprise!

Good Night Baby by Cheryl Willis Hudson

A slightly older board book that has a timeless quality about it. The whole family is pictured in the book as they get Baby read for bedtime.

Whose Knees Are These? by Jabari Asim

Loving and playful text from a parent’s point of view. My children loved this book as babies and toddlers, and they giggled every time we read it!

Kia Tanisha Drives Her Car by Eloise Greenfield

A girl plays outside and visits her friend down the street while trying out some newfound freedom in a play car. Very short text that would be great for a child with a shorter attention span.

 

 

 

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