The Conscious Kid shared 6 books that support young Black people’s self-esteem and helps to change the narrative. This reading list is for kids aged 0-18, and we highly recommend purchasing these books for white children too!

According to the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of Education, only 10 percent of children’s books featured black characters in 2018, while 27 percent of them featured animals or other characters who aren’t human. Literally more children’s books are published about animals than Black people each year.

Why does this matter? Historically, Black people have been underrepresented (and misrepresented) in children’s literature. According to the Conscious Kid, this eliminates the opportunity for both white and Black children to “see positive narratives and images of Blackness. All kids should know Black history and Black kids just being: experiencing joy, being loved, and existing in their full humanity.”

We recommend purchasing these books from these Black-owned bookstores.

All Because You Matter Book Cover
All Because You Matter by Tami Charles
I am Enough Book Cover
I am Enough by Grace Byers
I am Every Good Thing book cover
I am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James
Sulwe book cover
Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o
M is for Melanin Book Cover
M is for Melanin by Tiffany Rose
Hair Love Book Cover
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry

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