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10 Amazing Children’s Picture Books With Black Boy Protagonists

Woke Babies understand the importance of seeing your reflection within the books your read. With more children’s books being published about animals than BAME characters, black children’s books have always been a struggle to find.

We have created this awesome list featuring black boy joy, that will keep any child engaged.

The king of Kindergarten - black children's books

The King of the Kindergarten By Derrick Barnes

A confident little boy takes pride in his first day of kindergarten, by the Newbery Honor-winning author of Crown.

Little Leaders by Vashti Harrison - Black children's books
Little Leaders, Exceptional Men In Black History by Vashti Harrison

Meet the little leaders. They’re brave. They’re exceptional. They changed the world.

Learn all about the exceptional black men who broke barriers and fought injustice to realise their dreams and make the world a better place.

Max and the Tag -Along - Moon By Floyd Cooper - Black children's book
Max and the Tag -Along – Moon By Floyd Cooper

Floyd Cooper’s lush paintings perfectly capture the wonder of the moon and the love between grandfather and grandson.

Jabari Jumps By Gaia Cornwall - Black Children's books
Jabari Jumps By Gaia Cornwall

In a sweetly appealing tale of overcoming your fears, newcomer Gaia Cornwall captures a moment between a patient and encouraging father and a determined little boy you can’t help but root for.

Dave and the tooth fairy - black children's books

Dave has a wobbly tooth. He wibbles and wobbles it, but it won’t come out. But then one day Dave lets out an enormous sneeze and the tooth flies across the room and vanishes. Dave searches high and low, but it’s nowhere to be seen. How will he get the tooth fairy to visit him now? A heartwarming picture book with a unique spin on the tooth fairy tradition.

Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library - Black children's books
Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library By Julie Gassman

Have you ever thought about bringing your dragon to the library? Don’t do it! You might have the best intentions, but that dragon will cause nothing but trouble. Using rhyming text and a diverse cast of characters, this charming picture book will provide some important — and some not so important — library etiquette in a very entertaining way.

Riley can be anything - black children's books
Riley can be anything

The inspiring rhyming story follows Riley as he discovers some of the wonderful things he can do when he grows up. With the help of his big cousin Joe, Riley is taken on a series of imaginative journeys that allow him to realise he can be anything he wants to be.

Octopus Stew - Black children's books
Octopus Stew by Eric Velasquez

What do you do when an octopus captures Grandma? Put on your superhero cape and rescue her! Two stories in one from award-winning Afro-Latino artist Eric Velasquez.

My rows and piles of coins - black children's books
My Rows and Piles of Coins

A Tanzanian boy saves his coins to buy a bicycle so that he can help his parents carry goods to market, but then he discovers that in spite of all he has saved, he still does not have enough money.

This Jazz man by Karen Ehrhardt - black children's books
This Jazz man by Karen Ehrhardt

SNAP! BOMP! BEEDLE-DI-BOP! In this toe-tapping jazz tribute, the traditional “This Old Man” gets a swinging makeover, and some of the era’s best musicians take centre stage. The tuneful text and vibrant illustrations bop, slide, and shimmy across the page as Satchmo plays one, Bojangles plays two . . . right on down the line to Charles Mingus, who plays nine, plucking strings that sound “divine.”

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