Children’s Books Embracing Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity Bookshelf

At our most recent HFP Community Meeting, Susan suggested action in the wake of yet another police killing of an unarmed African American: 

One way we can support the Black Lives Matter movement is to change the narrative our children receive about people with brown skin.  Next time you’re selecting books at the library or gifting a book to a friend, consider choosing a book that expands children’s perspectives about people of African heritage. We can actively combat racism one book at a time.

Here are a few more favorite books featuring positive depictions of dark-skinned protagonists.


Blocks, by Irene Dickson

My Princess Boy, by Cheryl Kilodavis

Be Boy Buzz, by Bell Hooks + Chris Raschka

The Rain Stomper, by Addie Boswell

One Family, by George Shannon

Charlotte and the Quiet Place, by Deborah Sosin

From our library to yours, happy reading!

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