In recent years, more Black authors have received prestigious awards and earned spots on bestseller lists. Although there is still much work to be done, I am grateful that more Black authors are getting the exposure that they deserve.
Here is a selection of children’s books by Black authors available on Amazon. And because these recommendations are just the tip of the iceberg, we’ll keep adding to this list.
ABC I Love Me takes Black children along for a journey of self love, confidence, and adventure while teaching young learners positive affirmations for each letter of the alphabet. This book encourages children to accept their unique qualities and promotes positive self-esteem and a healthy lifestyle.
Dream Big Little One by Vashti Harrison
Featuring 18 trailblazing black women in American history, “Dream Big, Little One” is the irresistible board book adaptation of Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History. The leaders in this book may be little, but they all did something big and amazing, inspiring generations to come.
I Believe I Can by Grace Byers
From the #1 New York Times bestselling creators of “I Am Enough” comes an empowering follow-up that celebrates every child’s limitless potential. “I Believe I Can” is an affirmation for boys and girls of every background to love and believe in themselves.
I’m A Little King: Positive Affirmations for Black and Brown Boys by Sharifa Brown
For far too long, little Black and Brown boys have been made to feel inferior and unimportant. “I’m a Little King” is a short, rhythmic, and beautifully illustrated children’s book for ages 2-7 aimed at improving the self-esteem and self-confidence of Black and Brown boys.