As a parent, it is so important to me that my children are surrounded by toys and books that represent them. My daughters are multi cultural and have a brown mom. This means they are pretty aware of what it means to have a “different” family. I’ve always tried to bring items into our home that celebrate what it means to be Black or multi cultural. Here are some books that celebrate BLACK GIRL MAGIC!
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1. I am Enough by Grace Byers
I am Enough celebrates the differences between friends and it’s a sweet reminder that everyone has something special to bring to the world.
2. Lola At the Library
The Lola series is about an adorable Black toddler who is learning about all sorts of things. Our favorite book in the series is where Lola heads to the library and dreams up all sorts of adventures after choosing several books.
3. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
I love Vashti Harrison and her illustrations in Little Leaders! Each bold woman depicted has a short inspirational story. We usually tackle 1-2 stories before bedtime and my children have learned about people like Bessie Coleman and Gwen Ifill. This book is a great reminder that any little girl can grow to be a great leader.
4. I Love my Hair!
In this novel, a young girl learns about the beauty of her hair. It’s such an important lesson for Black girls because our hair has often the source of ridicule. I Love My Hair teaches self confidence and should be on the bookshelf for every child of color!
5. STELLA’S STELLAR HAIR
Black girl magic takes the solar system in Stella’s Stellar Hair, a celebration of hair, family, and self-love from debut author-illustrator Yesenia Moises!
6. Emi’s Curly Coily, Cotton Candy Hair
This is another adorable book that celebrates the magic of Black natural hair! I personally have thick curly hair and have just only recently embraced natural hair styles as an adult. This is a great reminder that Black hair is unique and is a crowning glory for all Black girls!
7. Dancing in the Wings
Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen is a love letter to all little Black girls who want to dance. The main character is taller and has big feet but she finds the confidence to embrace the dancer world. It’s also a great reminder that representation matters especially in art and dance!
8. I KNow I Can!
I Know I Can! is a favorite book of ours because of the beautiful illustrations. This book affirms the beauty of brown skin and self confidence. It’s also the perfect length for a bedtime story!
9. Fresh Princess
I grew up on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Fresh Princess is a spin off of the story with a main character named Denise who expresses herself through her bright and funky outfits!
10. My Nana and Me
My Nana and Me celebrates the special bond between a grandmother and her granddaughter. The books follows a little girl as she plays and explores with her grandmother. It’s so important to see Black bonding and love and this picture book celebrates it so well.
11. Daddy and Me and the Rhyme to be
A little girl tries to match the quality of her father’s music making in this charming little book by rapper Ludacris. Daddy and Me and the Rhyme to Be by Chris Bridges and Halcyon Person has a full review here!
12. Little Black Girl
Little Black Girls is another beautifully illustrated book that reminds girls to celebrate their beauty and individuality. I love that the author wrote this specifically for her own Black daughter!
13. STAND UP! 10 Mighty Women Who Made a Change
From the New York Times bestselling author of Eloquent Rage comes a powerful, groundbreaking picture book debut introducing young readers to ten revolutionary Black women — both historical and contemporary — who changed the world for the better, inspiring readers today to know their strength, to be brave, and to STAND UP! Full review can be seen here.
Do you have any favorite books that celebrate Black Girl Magic? What would you add to the list?