6 Books to Read During Black Children’s Book Week

Posted on February 23, 2023

by Andrea S

Did you know the last week of February is Black Children’s Book Week?  This global celebration highlights the authors and illustrators who are positively representing diversity in their work. Here’s a list of some of my favorites. Happy Reading!

I like Myself

I love this book. It teaches children to appreciate everything about themselves inside and out. Karen Beaumont had a lot of fun using this book to teach children that self-esteem is a key component to life and have fun with it.

Hair Love

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Shout out to the fathers who have embraced the science behind combing their daughter’s hair. Mathew Cherry tells unique stories about the creative ways to keep his daughter’s hair beautiful. The Black experience of doing hair gave the father and daughter great joy while learning together.


Ruth Forman wrote a beautiful book about celebrating your natural hair. This book about four friends who celebrate the joy of their hairstyles, from bouncing curls to swinging braids.



One of my favorites and a great read. It has inspired me to embrace my own skin color even as an adult. Lupita Nyong’o wrote this story about a little girl who learns how to own her unique beauty.

All Are Welcome

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Alexandra Penfold’s book of diversity and inclusion is a great book to teach children to leave no one out. It is the perfect back-to-school read for every kid, family, and classroom!

Dear Black Child

Rahma Rodaah’s book Dear Black Child is a book about self-acceptance, love, and empowerment for Black immigrant children and families. An inspiring love letter to Black children from all cultures, this book is a celebration of their beauty, joy, and resilience.

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