Story time is an essential part of our day. We read anywhere from two to three books each day and as a Black mom, sometimes I have an extremely hard time finding books that reflect who my daughter is. So I end up gravitating to animal books or books about creatures that are not human. It seems like most of the books I come across mostly just depict White children with a Black one scattered here and there. Well, I think I have officially hit my limit with reading about Elmo or the talking giraffe named Gerald. I want to see some of us reflected in those stories we flip through and memorize during nap time and before bed time. Over the past week I have began to compile a list of Black authors who write children’s books. I am aware that there are more than this but I really wanted to highlight the small businesses that were putting in the work to make a name for themselves. If you have more to add to the list, please comment below and I will update the list in the future.
11 Black Authors You Should Know
by Asiyah Muhsin-Thomas and Salaam Waajid Thomas
by Amber Payton and Ariel Harris
3. Happy Hair
by Mechel Renee Roe
by J. L. Cheatham II
by Lucy, Anna, YaAdam, & Jainaba Fye
by Jason Williams. Illustrated by Ryan Battle
by Nathan Roberts Jr.
by Designer Discipline
9. Aoka Books
by Alicia Norman
by Angelot Ndongmo
by Julie R. Davis