This week I’ve been thinking about how I can use my platform, skillset, and influence to draw attention to black voices. DoSayGive readers will already know that one of our niches is highlighting classic children’s literature and books with exceptional illustrations and/or rich storylines that may not always be front and center at big box book stores.
Today I am sharing a collection of beautiful children’s books that specifically feature black characters, authors or illustrators. I have shared some of these books before – and several were part of past book summer clubs – but I hope that compiling all in one post can be a helpful resource to you as you expand your own collection of children’s books to be more reflective of our beautiful, diverse world.
Classic Picture Books with Black Characters
These picture books don’t necessarily draw attention to the main character’s race. They are just sweet books for children that will help you add diversity of characters to your child’s book collection.
Historical Figures and Historical Fiction about the Black Community
Some of these are mature topics so you will definitely want to read before sharing with your child to make sure it’s age appropriate. Some of the books are older so could be a conversation starter as to why we don’t use certain words any more as well as an opportunity to talk about perspective.
Black Illustrator Jerry Pickney
I also wanted to highlight the talented illustrator, Jerry Pinkney, who has illustrated dozen of books including editions of these classics:
Children’s Books about Diversity
Not award-winning but the sweet picture books below may be helpful to talk about how God made us all different and beautiful. The second two have a Biblical perspective.
What books can you recommend? Share below!
If you’re interested in learning more about classic children’s literature, our Classic Children’s Summer Book Club begins in two days and you’ve still got time to sign up before we start reading. The book club officially begins in two days so sign up here.