I thought it was about time to update our post of children’s books that have African American characters. I’ve tried to be mindful of our book collection since I started registering when I was pregnant by including books that have characters of all races and backgrounds.
I was listening to a podcast interview with children’s book author, Grace Lin who spoke about her quest to read her daughter a book every other night that didn’t have a main character who was white. She talked about how difficult it was to sustain at that pace finding books that have children of different races in them. I started thinking about actually how few books we have in comparison to the hundreds that line our shelves and I’ve really tried to make a conscious effort to work on building a more diverse book collection. I have to say in the past 4 years I’ve seen SO many more books that feature characters or color be released which is really great. Here are 20+ wonderful children’s books with African American characters to consider adding to your collection. Most of these books are NOT about race, they just have characters (mostly the main character) who aren’t white – and aren’t playing a side kick role in the story.