What was your favorite children’s book growing up? An often-emphasized facet of the black experience is the sheer joy that written texts brought to us as children. The beauty of children’s books is that they give kids permission to dream and imagine as big as they want.
The world may be falling apart now, but it’s nice to know that this generation of kids also has access to wonderful works of literature. Of Ashanti at Kelly Rowland, so many authors are making sure this next generation will be read well, and that’s a fantastic feeling. Check out our list of eight children’s books black kids should read today.
“Always With You, Always With Me” by Kelly Rowland and Jessica McKay
Kelly Rowland is a masterful storyteller. This is evident through her artistic talent as a musician and author. Always with you, always with me, written by Kelly and Jessica McKay, is a celebration of motherhood, especially for those who are working moms. It highlights the work that goes into motherhood.
“My Name is a Story” by Ashanti
Ashanti’s debut album turned 20 this year, and the singer is still making waves when it comes to creating content. My name is a story takes readers on the journey of a young girl who learns to embrace and love her unique name.
“The Bench” by Meghan Markle
Fatherhood is one of the most doping hoods, and Meghan Marklethe Duchess of Sussexcaptures this beautifully. The bench examines how crucial father-son relationships are through the lens of a mother. It would make a perfect Fathers Day present!
“I Sing of You: A Letter to My Daughters” by Barack Obama
Former president barack obamamoving letter to both Her daughters is filled with sincerity and hope. Of course, it’s always an honor when someone talks about life for you, but it’s the greatest honor for their parents to do so – what a great way for a father to express his love for his children.
“Shady Baby” by Gabrielle Union
It’s safe to assume that social media has collectively embraced Kaavia James Union-Wade like our internet niece. The toddler was affectionately dubbed a ‘shady baby’ by his mum, Gabrielle Union, and we stan. If you have your own shady baby, you should buy Shady baby, written by Union herself. It tells the story of a child who stands up for what is right and is inspired by Kaavia.
“Legacy and the Double” by Kobe Bryant
Rest in peace, Kobe. The athlete has written a lovely children’s book about the importance of finding your inner light and never letting it go out. Kobe takes readers through the lens of a young girl named Legacy who struggles to find her inner light and eventually does after going through some trials and tribulations.
“Love of Hair” by Matthew Cherry
The relationship between black fathers and daughters is a sacred relationship that Matthew Cherry captures perfectly. Teaching black children to love their natural hair is essential and something that book protagonist Zuri and her father conceptualize perfectly.
“All I Want for Christmas” by Mariah Carey
“All I Want For Christmas” has as many bags as Mariah Carey because our good sister is bringing the part! Mariah’s Children’s Book All I want for Christmas, inspired by the hit song, is the perfect Christmas gift for your child. It tells the story of a young girl whose Noel is a new puppy. How cute?
No need to thank us for making your birthday and holiday shopping easier! The real question is, which one will you buy for your children? It’s giving abundance with all these doping titles.