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It is important for our children to see the likeness of themselves from the day they’re born! With both of our children, we’ve read to them since the day they’ve come home. Honestly, my husband was more structured and diligent with it with our oldest, but with the new baby, I’ve taken the lead. Through the years, we’ve come to have a few favorite baby board books featuring Black children. If you’re looking to build your own little baby library or you’re looking to purchase a book as a gift, I’ve put together this list of our favorite baby board books featuring Black children.

Bedtime Stories Featuring Black Children

Please, Baby, Please

We read this book to our now 9-year-old daughter during her bedtime routine. We are continuing the tradition with this cute book that goes through the daily life of parents constantly begging their kids to do or not do something.

Peekaboo Bedtime

Start your daytime routine with Peekaboo Morning and end it with Peekaboo Bedtime. This is a cute bedtime story with visual clues starting with “Peekaboo I see…” that lead to the next page.

Girl of Mine

This is another book passed down from my 9-year-old to our new baby. My husband read it often, as it is a story of a father reading to his daughter about a great adventure. It’s read to the tune of “Rock-a-bye Baby”, making it the perfect bedtime story.

Books that Teach Black Children Self-Discovery and Self-Awareness

Whose Toes Are Those?

Whose Toes are those?  is a personal favorite of mine. I enjoy reading it with my new baby. She also enjoys it too, especially when it comes to counting her little brown piggies.

Whose Knees are These?

This book celebrates cute little brown baby’s knees!

When God Made You

When God Made You inspires little readers to learn about their own special gifts and how they fit into God’s divine plan as they grow, explore, and begin to create for themselves.

Woke Baby

My baby wakes up at 5:30 AM, can I consider her woke? According to this book, “Woke babies are up early. Woke babies raise their fists in the air. Woke babies cry out for justice. Woke babies grow up to change the world.”

Happy to be Nappy

Nappy hair is not a bad thing. This fun book uses fun lyrics to help little Black girls appreciate their hair!

Board Books that Teach Black History & Activism

Dream Big Little One

Call us the Vashti Harrison fan club, because we own all the books! I mean all! I love that this book teaches little Black boys and girls about successful Black women. The illustrations are cute, too!

Books That Teach About Emotions

Every Little Thing

This cute children’s book includes all the lyrics of the original song “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley, along with exciting new song verses

Homemade Love

Her Mama calls her Girlpie-a sweet treat, homemade with love. And when Girlpie makes a mistake, the love of her mother and father lets her pick up the pieces and make everything right again.

Wee've come to have a few favorite board books featuring Black children. I've curated a list of our favorite board books featuring Black children.

Tip: Books make great gifts, and can even be a replacement for a greeting card. Add children’s books to your baby registry and request a book instead of a card.


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