Story time is an essential part of our day. As a Black mom, sometimes it can be hard finding books that reflect our children. We have compiled a list of Black authors you should know. If you have more to add to the list, please comment below.

 

11 Black Children’s Authors You Should Know

  1.  I Didn’t Ask To Be A Creative

by Dontavious Pittman

Kyle is a creative 8-year-old that loves his mom more than anything. Sometimes he pretends that his bed is a pirate ship, and other times it can be a stage for his air guitar show. But Kyle doesn’t have to use his creativity to see that his mom works very hard, and has no time for play. Join Kyle as he teaches his mom a lesson or two about using her imagination.

Instagram: @cardboardclouds

2.Rice and Rocks

by Sandra Richards

 Giovanni’s friends are coming over for Sunday dinner, and his grandmother is serving rice and beans. Giovanni is embarrassed he does not like ‘rice and rocks’ and worries his friends will think the traditional Jamaican dish is weird. But his favorite Auntie comes to the rescue. She and Giovanni’s pet parrot, Jasper, take him on a magical journey across the globe, visiting places where people eat rice and rocks. This exciting story celebrates the varied traditions of every culture while also highlighting the delicious similarities that bring us all together. 

Instagram: @sandralrichards

3. Happy Hair

by Mechel Renee Roe

Happy Hair is a call and response picture book that promotes positive self-esteem and hair love to girls of all ages! Happy Hair covers different shades and hair types all while being fun and fashionable! This book is the foundation to building Happy Hair.

Instagram: @happyhairgirls

4. Marley’s First Flight

by K. Alicia Bolton

Marley is so excited about flying on an airplane for the first time!

Instagram: @theMarleyadventures

5. Miles & Mia A to Z

by Michaela Alexander

Miles & Mia A to Z is an educational, picture book that teaches children different letters of the alphabet in a fun way. Featuring rhyming text and colourful original illustrations, Miles & Mia A to Z is sure to delight children of all ages as well as parents.

Instagram: @milesandmia

6. The Adventures of Frankie Fitness Introducing Ginger

by Jason Williams. Illustrated by Ryan Battle

Instagram: @frankie_fitness

7. Love Your Brown

by Daneya Jacobs & Atiya Chase

In this love letter from mothers to brown daughters everywhere, little girls are reminded to love the skin they’re in. Girls come in all different colors, shapes, and sizes. Some have long hair, some have short, and others have straight hair or curly. Still, despite the differences, there is something all little brown girls have in common… They have the power to be anything! There are those who will say “you can’t,” but that’s just not true. Little brown girls are tough and strong and bright. Each girl was put here for a reason with a God-given purpose and plan. The way girls look and the way they act is no accident; God gave everyone a certain appearance, as well as certain skills. The beauty of little brown girls is passed down from their mothers, their grandmothers, and beyond. It’s true, things sometimes get tough, but girls know to keep going and fight tough with toughness. Little girls shouldn’t be afraid to be true to the gifts their Father has given them. Be empowered and proud to celebrate the strength of brown girls.

Instagram: @ILoveYourBrown

8. I Know I Can

by Veronica N. Chapman & Daveia Odoi

While giving a speech at her high school graduation, Faith, the class valedictorian, shares her childhood dreams and the lessons that served as the foundation for her courage. As a child she dreamed of touching the stars, going back in time to sing with Mahalia Jackson, and meeting with other African-American heroes. During the speech she also discusses her childhood dreams of things that are more attainable such as visiting the Louvre in Paris, France, and embarking on a safari in South Africa By sharing her dreams and passions, the valedictorian hopes to inspire her classmates to set big goals and exceed their own expectation

Instagram: @mycourageousfaith

9. Diary of Baby Brave Rave

by Raquel Hunter 

Instagram: @brave_rave_books

11. I Love Me Book Series

by Julie R. Davis

Instagram: @ilovemebookseries

 With love,

-Shanicia

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