A non-exhaustive list of diverse books – black characters

Hi all! It’s been a minute. But after my instagram post on diverse books the other day, I have had several people reach out for more book recs.

Here’s what I am going to focus on: books from all genres that are not necessarily about historical events/figures OR culture. There might be some of those things in the books below but my main focus was to highlight books with diverse characters.

IMPORTANT: do not read this as “books about the Civil Rights Movement or slavery are not important.” That is NOT what I am saying by any means. The reality is, most books written about people of color (POC) are about historical events and do not display a black character as the protagonist in a fairy tale or the star of the soccer team. I want my students to learn about history but I also want them to be KIDS and to see themselves in stories that kids enjoy just for the fun of it. So that is what this list is focused on.

Books that feature black characters:

Two Problems for Sophia

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

Ada Twist, Scientist

When God Made You

God’s Very Good Idea

What If…

Teddy’s Favorite Toy

Grace for President

The Adventures of Sparrowboy

All Are Welcome

Molly Mac Series

Beautiful

Green Pants

Hands Up! (This one is about protesting at the end but is a beautiful story)

Princess Truly Series

I am Famous

Jabari Jumps

Nighttime Symphony

Little Red Gliding Hood

Please, Puppy, Please

Dancing in the Wings

Mary Had a Little Glam

Monster Trouble

Even Superheroes Have Bad Days

The Word Collector

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion

Billy Bloo is Stuck in Goo

Do NOT Bring Your Dragon to the Library

I Like Myself

The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do

Excellent Ed

The Snowy Day

I hope this list is a good jumping off point for you and that you start looking for books that include diverse characters as you buy. I was going to include books with hispanic children and books with asian/middle eastern children but I think I need to make a separate list! I purposefully didn’t link each of these books because I would love for you to support a local and/or black owned book store. But I also understand that sometimes we just need to amazon prime things!

*I’ll end with a list of black owned bookstores.*

https://www.braveandkindbooks.com/

https://bookshop.org/shop/Semicolonchi

https://brainlairbooks.handseller.com/category/categorysearch/Childrens

https://www.afriwarebooks.com/store/c4/AFRICAN-AMERICAN-CHILDRENS-BOOKS

https://www.detroitbookcity.com/

https://www.mahoganybooks.com/

https://unclebobbies.indielite.org/

https://ashaybythebay.com/

https://bookshop.org/shop/thelitbar

https://www.cafeconlibrosbk.com/

https://frugalbookstore.net/collections/all

Love you all.

Rachel