Are you looking for some Black girl magic in children’s books? I love to add books featuring black girl characters to my children’s library on a regular basis. They need to be able to relate when reading. Representation matters over here! And do you know what else makes reading more fun? When you see someone that looks just like you staring back at you!
Keep reading for some Black girl magic to add to your children’s book collection! I’ll continue to add books with black girl characters to this list so make sure you pin or bookmark this post!
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10+ Children’s Books Featuring Black Girl Characters
My Mommy Medicine by Edwidge Danticat
This is a story about a little girl that isn’t feeling her best, but her mom knows how to make it all better. It’s all about a mother’s love and how her daughter can always count on her to be there for her in some way no matter the issue. Read our full book review HERE.
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
It’s an adorable heartwarming story about a daddy-daughter bond and loving yourself and your natural hair. It’s so good to see a book where the dad is featured with his baby girl! There are not many books for kids featuring dads that are out there so I really appreciate this one. Read our book review and our review of the Hair Love short film HERE.
The Patience Song by Dr. Crystal Bowe
This is a story about a little girl named Isabel who hates waiting. She learns how to have patience through a song that her parents sing to her. Her parents also learn about being patient thanks to Isabel and the patience song! Read our full book review HERE.
When God Made Light by Matthew Paul Turner
This is a beautiful children’s story about how God created light. The book features two black girl characters and their pets. The story displays how beautiful light is and not only in the vibrant illustrations but in the rhythmic and rhyming prose as well. Children will learn how to appreciate all kinds of light from the light they see to the light that shines inside of them. Read our full book review HERE.
I’m a Big Sister by Crystal Swain-Bates
This story is told through the eyes of a new older sister who welcomes a baby brother home. She discovers a lot of things about the new baby. Big sister helps a lot with the baby and is the big sister of the year! She is so happy to have a sibling.
This Is It by Daria Peoples-Riley
This book is a celebration of individuality, self-expression, and dance. It’s a story of a black girl character who is a young dancer that is quite nervous about her upcoming auditions. Her shadow springs to life and helps her find confidence in herself which gives her the ability to shine! Learn more HERE.
Madison Miles and the Big, Big Move by Dara Nichole
A 12-year-old girl has to move from Georgia to Michigan because her dad accepted a new job there. Madison Miles is not feeling this move to Detroit. She is absolutely mad at the world over this big, big move. Madison is going to have to start all over again! Her parents act like this isn’t such a big deal as if her whole world isn’t getting turned upside down. Ugh, parents just don’t understand. Read our full book review HERE.
I Just Kept Spinning by Destini Berry
This book tells the story of a 7-year-old named Destini who really wants to become a dancer. She begins ballet class but is actually banned from her first recital because of her beautiful long locs. Destini’s ballet teacher felt that her natural hair was unruly, but Destini didn’t give up. Read our full book review HERE.
Josie’s Bedazzled Shoes by Teresa L. Baker & Lydia L. Miles
This story is about a shy seven-year-old named Josie is having a hard time adjusting to her new school. She’s missing something, but can’t figure out just what. Her mom always knows just the right things to say and do. A special dazzling gift helps Josie conquer her fears. Read our full book review HERE.
Anything But Pink by Adelina Winfield
This is a story about the forbidden color pink. This little girl’s parents wanted her to be different so no pink was allowed because all girls wear pink! It’s a story of embracing change and finding a new way to view things. Read our full book review HERE.
When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner
This story is all about how unique and deeply loved we are in God’s eyes. The book has two young sisters and their pets as the stars who go about their day as they learn how special they are to God. Children are curious and are always trying to discover their place in the world and how they fit in. This book will inspire young readers just how they fit in God’s plan and how special their own gifts are. Read our full book review HERE.
Rudy’s New Human by Roxanna Elden
This story is all about a dog’s experience of getting a new family member which happens to be a baby. The book is told from the dog’s perspective. The dog is a little confused that the baby isn’t quite interested in all of the same things that he is. He also didn’t expect for the baby to steal his shine! He used to be the baby of the family so he is not used to this new human at all. Rudy and the family all have to adjust. In the end, everything works out just fine and Rudy and the new human become the best of friends. Read our full book review HERE.
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