28 MORE Black Picture Books That Aren’t About Boycotts, Buses or Basketball (Vol. 3)

Scott Woods Makes Lists

Several years ago I was asked by a local TV station to suggest some books for children in honor of Black History Month. Being a Black librarian (#BlackLibrarianLife) I relished the opportunity, but I did point out that my offerings would avoid the typical fare of Black children’s books: boycotts, buses and basketball. We’ve picked up a few other hobbies since the 1960s, and there are lots of books to show for it. Here is a humble sampling of 28 children’s picture books featuring Black children doing what all the other things children like to do: play, make up stories, learn life lessons, and dream.

I’m really excited about this year’s list for several reasons. The first is that there is so much more range in what children’s books are willing to engage: colorism, body-positivity, mental health, gender awareness, special needs education…the field has started to become a meaningful buffet…

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