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Uplifting Children’s Books Written By Black Authors

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 by Miriam Muhammad

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

Black Authors

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.

Emi’s Curly Coily, Cotton Candy Hair by Tina Olajide

Emi is a creative 7-year-old girl with a BIG imagination. In this story, Emi shares a positive message about her Curly, Coily, Cotton Candy Hair and what she likes most about it. The vibrant illustrations and fun story teach basic natural hair care techniques and tips in a playful and memorable way.

I Believe I Can by Grace Byers

Black Authors

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

Black Authors

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.