Diverse Children’s Books


diverse children's booksReading is such an important part of childhood. Reading regularly not only increases vocabulary and comprehension, but it also empowers us to empathize with other people. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and in celebration of Black History Month, my family, co-contributors, and I are sharing 25 + of our favorite diverse children’s books with diverse heroes, heroines, and plots.

Infants & Toddlers

What is Light by Markette Sheppard

Baby Dance by Anne Taylor

I Am Human: A Book of Empathy by Peter H Reynolds


Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison

Max and the Tag-Along Moon by Floyd Cooper

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry

Pirate Stew by Neil Gaiman

I am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes

I Just Want To Say Good Night  by Rachel Isadora

If Your Monster Won’t Go to Bed by Denise Vega

The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

Eyes that Kiss in the Corners by J. Ho

Dear Dragon by Josh Funk

Count on Me by by Miguel Tanco

Stella’s Stellar Hair by Yesenia Moises

Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin

The Camping Trip by Jennifer Mann

Grade Schoolers

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

I am Enough by Grace Byers

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

Just Like Me By Vanessa Newton

Goodnight Lab by Chris Ferrie

Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio

G My Name is Girl by Dawn Masi

Catching the Moon by Crystal Hubbard


Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott

Goldie Vance by Hope Larson

Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

New Kid by Jerry Craft

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson

What are your favorite diverse children’s books that represent and celebrate black and biracial children?


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