Black History Month:: African American Books for Toddlers

Black History Month:: African American Books for Toddlers

Representation is extremely important in our house.  In a world that frequently isn’t very diverse, I take extra care to make sure my kids see themselves in everything we do, particularly in books and toys.  It comes sort of naturally because it was something my parents did with my sister and me. I still remember some of my favorite books as a child having characters that looked just like me dance across the pages. In fact, my mom saved those books and recently handed them down to my toddler.  While they’re a little advanced for her, I cannot wait until she can read them, and until then, I’ve gone on the hunt to find a variety of board and other age appropriate African American books for toddlers that share about black history and include diverse characters in general.  The books listed below are staples in our book collection and as we celebrate Black History this month, I wanted to share them with you.  The best part is, you can find them all on Amazon!


Young Gifted and Black by Jamia Wilson and Andrea Pippins

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Little Leaders: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison

When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner

When God Made Light by Matthew Paul Turner

My Name is Kayla by Alison Woods and Ayanda Dorsey

Hair by Angela L Styles

Please Baby Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee

Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora

Girl of Mine by Jabari Asim

Mary Had a Little Glam by Tammi Sauer

Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison

I Can Do It Too! by Karen Baicker

Woke Baby  by Mahogany L. Browne

This Makes Me Happy by Courtney Carbone and Hilli Kushnir

I Am Enough by Grace Byers

What other diverse and African American books for toddlers would you add to this list? 

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Ashley B
Ashley is originally from Dallas, Texas. She recently moved back to Texas and became a Houston resident with family after spending the last five years in New Orleans where she learned that Mardi Gras truly is the most magical time of the year. Ashley and her husband have two children (2017 and 2019) and will welcome a third in Fall 2021. She first dabbled into blogging back in 2014 while in graduate school as she documented her experiences of exercising every day for a year. Ashley currently works full-time as a project manager in managed care. During her free time, you can find her spending time outside with her husband and kids, attempting a new fitness challenge, or finding a new dessert – it’s all about balance - which she shares about over on her blog


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