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Picture Books That Showcase Black Boy Joy!

One of the best tings I’ve done was to introduce reading to my children at an early age and making sure those books were diverse.  As a child, I RARELY saw books and toys that had characters that matched my skin color.  These days there are so many diverse picture books out there, there is no excuse not to have them on your bookshelf. I’ve collected 8 of the best books that showcase Black Boy Joy!

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8 Picture Books That Showcase Black Boy Joy!

The King of Kindergarten

A confident little boy takes pride in his first day of kindergarten, by the Newbery Honor-winning author of Crown. Newbery Honor-winning author Derrick Barnes’s empowering story will give new kindergarteners a reassuring confidence boost, and Vanessa Brantley-Newton’s illustrations exude joy.

I AM…: Positive Affirmations for Brown Boys

In this book for boys, author Ayesha Rodriguez uses rhyming verses, followed by a positive affirmation. I am and the words that follow are powerful. Repeated affirmations will build up your child’s self-esteem and transform his sense of self! 

Chocolate Me!

Chocolate Me is a timely book about how it feels to be teased and taunted, and how each of us is sweet and lovely and delicious on the inside, no matter how we look.

Brown Boy Brown Boy What Can You Be?

In Brown Boy Brown Boy What Can You Be, follow Matthew as he considers all the things he can accomplish and the careers he can do.

The Joys of Being a Little Black Boy

The Joys of Being a Little Black Boy is a vividly illustrated, history-based children s book that brings to life Roy, a joyful Black boy. Roy will take your sons, daughters, nephews, nieces, or class on a biopic journey of joy with some of the world s most notable Black men who, lest we forget were all at one time young Black boys.

Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History

Little Legends Exceptional Black Men in History is an important book for readers of all ages, this beautifully illustrated and engagingly written volume brings to life true stories of black men in history. Among these biographies, readers will find aviators and artists, politicians and pop stars, athletes and activists. The exceptional men featured include writer James Baldwin, artist Aaron Douglas, filmmaker Oscar Devereaux Micheaux, lawman Bass Reeves, civil rights leader John Lewis, dancer Alvin Ailey, and musician Prince.

My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World

From Super Bowl champion and literacy crusader Malcolm Mitchell comes an exciting new story that shows even reluctant readers that there is a book out there for everyone! My full review of this book can be found here!

All Because You Matter is a lyrical, heart-lifting love letter to Black and brown children everywhere: reminding them how much they matter, that they have always mattered, and they always will, from powerhouse rising star author Tami Charles and esteemed, award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier.

MY FRIEND! by Taye Diggs; illustrated by Shane W. Evans: With rhythm, kids will relate to, Taye’s text and Shane’s art offer a feast of emotions and joy, and aren’t didactic or message-heavy–the perfect book to celebrate Black joy!


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