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Black Kid Joy! Books Celebrating the Black Experience

“There is Black struggle, but there is Black joy. Black joy is resistance.” –Patia Braithwaite

There are many beautiful picture books featuring strong, smart, funny, and delightful BIPOC kids. Stories featuring kids of color don’t all need to be about racism and societal pressures, and it’s important to read books that also highlight the joys of being Black and proud. These charming stories draw from the real world around them. They will have you rooting for the characters, make you laugh at the kids’ antics, and leave you smiling from ear to ear. 

Hair love 1Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
You will fall in love with this adorably sweet story that celebrates natural hair and features a daddy-daughter relationship that will warm your heart. 

Jack and the Beanstalk, Illustrated by Carly Gledhill
This series of classic children’s books features a diverse cast of characters. The pictures are enchanting, and the stories are short and timeless. 

Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Amanda Redd
A soothing and relaxing bedtime story about how everyone gets tucked in at night. 

If Your Monster Won’t Go to Bed by Denise Vega
How hard is it to get your pet monster to sleep? Very hard, as it turns out. This amusing and clever book will charm both kids and parents alike. 

king of kindergarten 1The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes
After his mom tells him that he’ll be the “King of Kindergarten!” this big kid’s first day starts with pancakes and ends with loads of enthusiasm for his new school. 

The Camping Trip by Jennifer Mann
What should you pack for a first camping trip? Ernestine is excited and a little nervous about the trip, but with a creative family and campfire s’mores, sleeping outside turns from scary to an adventure.  

If I Had a Raptor by George O’Connor
Dinosaur fans will roar with excitement when a little girl comes across a box labeled “Free Raptors.” What would you do with a dino pet? 

Firebird by Misty Copeland
This incredibly inspiring true story is a lyrical tale about the hard work and perseverance of ballet dancer Misty Copeland. 

julian is a mermaid 1Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
Julian loves to dress up, and he decides he wants to be a mermaid by making his own fabulous costume. 

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
Jabari passed the swim test, but he’s super nervous about jumping off the diving board for the first time. With a little pep talk, he overcomes his fear and makes a big splash! 

Grandma’s Purse by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Mimi’s purse is filled with all sorts of treasures and mysterious secrets for her granddaughter to discover. 

Saturday by Oge Mora
A buoyant journey through the city with Ava and her mom, whose Saturday doesn’t turn out quite the way they expected. Still, every day is a good day when you are with people that you love.  

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