Diversify Your Kid's Bookshelf With These 20 Children's Books by Black Authors

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A good way to start raising children who are antiracist is to expose them to varying cultures, races, and religions from an early age. Providing children with diverse stories written by Black authors can have a long-lasting impact on their understanding of the world and the importance of celebrating the differences between one another. Scroll through to check out some amazing books written for children under the age of 10 that are authored by Black writers and that can help expand the horizons of your little ones.

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Lone Bean by Chudney Ross
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Lone Bean by Chudney Ross

Lone Bean ($17) is a charming story of a third grader who learns about the importance of being a good friend.

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If Dominican Were a Color by Sili Recio, Illustrated by Brianna McCarthy
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If Dominican Were a Color by Sili Recio, Illustrated by Brianna McCarthy

The richly colorful If Dominican Were a Color ($17, originally $18) tells a unique story about the diversity found in the Dominican Republican. The book is also available in Spanish.

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Cameron Goes to School by Sheletta Brundidge and Lily Coyle, Illustrated by Darcy Bell-Myers
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Cameron Goes to School by Sheletta Brundidge and Lily Coyle, Illustrated by Darcy Bell-Myers

The timeless Cameron Goes to School ($14, originally $15) tells a tale about autism and the exciting journey of starting kindergarten.

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Mommy Loves Me, Can't You See? by Monica Hunter, Illustrated by Becky Smith
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Mommy Loves Me, Can't You See? by Monica Hunter, Illustrated by Becky Smith

Based on a real-life story of adoption, Mommy Loves Me, Can't You See? ($15, originally $16) tells the timeless tale of a mother's love.

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall by Leniqua'dominique Jenkins
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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall by Leniqua'dominique Jenkins

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall ($12) celebrates melanin and promotes body positivity.

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Cailee Goes to the Playground by Natasha Thompkins - Williams, Illustrated by Shelley Dieterichs
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Cailee Goes to the Playground by Natasha Thompkins - Williams, Illustrated by Shelley Dieterichs

Perfect for little ones, The Adventures Of Cailee: Cailee Goes to the Playground ($10) helps teach colors and sight words.

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Sister Girl and the Training Wheels by Nicole Fenner
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Sister Girl and the Training Wheels by Nicole Fenner

Sister Girl and the Training Wheels ($15) tells a classic story of patience, support, and growing up — and learning how to ride a bike.

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Pretty Hair by Carylee Carrington
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Pretty Hair by Carylee Carrington

In the eloquent Pretty Hair ($13, originally $14), children learn that no one type of hair is the definition of "pretty."

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My Forever Guardian by Kristina Jones, Illustrated by Beatriz Mello
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My Forever Guardian by Kristina Jones, Illustrated by Beatriz Mello

My Forever Guardian: Healing With Friends From the Loss of a Loved One ($18, originally $19) is a conversation between kids and beautifully handles how to overcome loss and grief.

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The Traveling Child Goes to Rio de Janeiro by Monet Hambrick
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The Traveling Child Goes to Rio de Janeiro by Monet Hambrick

Join twins Jordyn and Kennedy as they explore Brazil in The Traveling Child Goes to Rio de Janeiro ($12).

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Trey, the Chef by Kira Parris-Moore, Illustrated by Federica Fabbian
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Trey, the Chef by Kira Parris-Moore, Illustrated by Federica Fabbian

Trey, the Chef ($16) is a delightful tale about a boy with autism who has unique gifts.

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Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, Illustrated by  Gordon C. James
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Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, Illustrated by Gordon C. James

In Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut ($18, originally $19), you'll learn about a boy who goes to the barbershop — and how his new cut changes the way he feels about the world.

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Early Sunday Morning by Denene Millner, Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
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Early Sunday Morning by Denene Millner, Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Early Sunday Morning ($17, originally $18) is a wonderful story about how a community comes together to help a young girl find her voice.

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A Bowtie For Me by Ja'Ron Vanderhall, Illustrated by JacQuan Johnson
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A Bowtie For Me by Ja'Ron Vanderhall, Illustrated by JacQuan Johnson

A Bowtie for Me ($11) tells the story of a young African-American boy and his struggle with school and how he finds the help he needs.

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Brownies: We Live in Japan by Tara Kamiya, Illustrated by Drew Sinclair
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Brownies: We Live in Japan by Tara Kamiya, Illustrated by Drew Sinclair

The sweet Brownies: We Live in Japan ($14) tells the story of the daily life of a bicultural family living in Japan.

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I Am Unique! by Jennifer Vassel, Illustrated by Penny Weber
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I Am Unique! by Jennifer Vassel, Illustrated by Penny Weber

I Am Unique ($18) is a lovely tale of self-love and learning how to share your gift with the world.

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BK'S Mommy Has Breast Cancer by Marquita Goodluck, Illustrated by Theresa Stites
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BK'S Mommy Has Breast Cancer by Marquita Goodluck, Illustrated by Theresa Stites

A powerful read, BK'S Mommy Has Breast Cancer ($22, originally $25) tells the story of a 7-year-old, his mother's illness, and how he learns to help.

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Miracle Malcolm by Ariel Simmons, Illustrated by Tyre Bowman
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Miracle Malcolm by Ariel Simmons, Illustrated by Tyre Bowman

Miracle Malcolm ($15) tells a resilient story of a boy born premature and how he grows into the strongest person his parents know.

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What Should I Do Today? Written and Illustrated by Markita Staples
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What Should I Do Today? Written and Illustrated by Markita Staples

Take a journey with six toddlers in What Should I Do Today? ($10) as they try to figure out what exactly to do today.