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10 Picture Books that celebrate Black History month

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Published on 20/10/2021

It’s Black History Month, so here at Dadsnet we have rounded up our favourite picture books by black authors. From tales about brave kids and great friendships, we’ve rounded up our favourite books by Black children’s authors and illustrators.

 

1) We’re Going to Find the Monster

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 Malorie Blackman (2021)

Bestselling author Malorie Blackman has teamed up with award-winning illustrator Dapo Adeola to breathe new life into her original story Marty Monster. Intrepid adventurers Charlie and Eddie are off to hunt down the mighty monster aka their big brother!  This fun tale is perfect for reading together at storytime. Recommended reading age: 2-5 years old

2) Sulwe

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Lupita Nyong’o  (2019)

Written by Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, this story of Sulwe gently introduces children to the concepts of colourism, self-confidence, and inner beauty.  It tells of a little girl whose skin tone is much darker than her family and school friends, and her quest for lighter skin, till she realises that she was already beautiful.  Recommended reading age: 3-7 years old

3) Rocket Says Look Up!

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Nathan Bryon  (2019)

Rocket loves to look up at the stars. She wants to be an astronaut after all, just like her hero Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space. Packed with fun facts about meteors and space to satisfy those curious minds.  Recommended reading age: 3-7 years old

 

4) Change Sings

 

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Amanda Gorman (2021)

Change Sings tells the story of a young girl as she leads a cast of characters on a musical journey and teaches them that they all have the power to make changes. This is a must-have for everyone’s bookshelves. Recommended reading age: 4-8 years old

5) Hair Love

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Matthew Cherry & Vashti Harrison (2019)

Based on the Oscar-winning short film, this is the story of Zuri, her dad, and her hair. Zuri’s hair is beautiful, but it can have a mind of its own.  A wonderful book that celebrates the love of fathers and daughters, as well as putting black hair front and centre. Recommended reading age: 5-7 years

 

6) Last Stop on Market Street

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Matt de la Peña & Christian Robinson (2017)

Beautifully illustrated by award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson, Matt de la Peña’s touching tale highlights the importance of being thankful for what you have. Recommended reading age: 3-5 years old

 

7) Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

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Vashti Harrison (2018)

From singer Ella Fitzgerald to abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman to poet Maya Angelou and so many more, this educational and inspirational book features biographies of forty trailblazing black women in history. Recommended reading age: 5-7 years old

8) I Am Enough

 

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Grace Byers (2018)

Empire actor and activist Grace Byers along with artist Keturah A. Bobo have written a lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another. Reccomended reading age: 3-5 years old

9) Skin Like Mine

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LaTashia Perry (2016)

An entertaining yet creative way to address and celebrate diversity among young children.  It tells the story of how your shade of colour is beautiful but not better or worse than anyone else’s.  Reccomended reading age: 5-7 years old

 

10) I Love My Hair

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Natasha Tarpley (1998)

No matter how gently Mama pulls as she combs Keyana’s hair, it still hurts.  This story tells of one girls journey on loving her hair.  Reccommended reading age: 3 – 7 years old

 

 

What is your favourite picture book to read to your kids? Let us know in the comments down below!

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