October 21, 2011
November 20, 2010
Updated January 9, 2011
Updated February 21, 2011
This is a list of kid’s books in which not all of the characters are white or animals wearing clothes (a significant pet peeve of mine).
This list is currently mostly focused on African/African American characters. I will be broadening it. Here is a link to an amazing list of books featuring Asian-American characters.
Since I am not the first to do this, or the most thorough, check out “Brown Like Me” Book Reviews.
My children are currently 21-months and 32-months old. These books are all geared towards YOUNG toddlers/babies.
Some of these books we LOVE and if we really LOVE them, I post about them specifically like here. Some we prefer the art but not the text, but the art is good enough for us to put them on the list. Some we don’t love the art, but they make the cut for other reasons.
I welcome any and all suggestions of books you would add to this list. Please check the comments section for people who have sent me their lists.
And I apologize for the formatting of this list, I have a love-hate relationship with wordpress.
Black All Around Patricia Hubbell
More, More, More Said the Baby Vera Williams
Yesterday I Had the Blues Jeron Ashford Frame
Whose Knees Are These Jabari Asim
Whose Toes Are Those Jabari Asim
In The Yard Meachan Rau
Please Baby Please Spike Lee
Please Puppy Please Spike Lee
Homemade Love Bell Hooks
I Can Do It Too Karen Baicker
You Can Do It Too Karen Baicker
Never Finished Never Done Regina Brooks
For You Are A Kenyan Child Kelly Cunane
So Happy Kevin Henkes
I Like Myself Karen Beaumont
Good Morning Moore/Moore
The Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats
Added January 9, 2011
Shades of People * S. Rotner and S. Kelly
Hair Dance D. Johnson and K. Johnson
Squashed in the Middle Pat Cummings
Sleepy Oh So Sleepy Denise Fleming
Tic Tac Toe Judith Bauer Stamper
Looking Like Me W. D. Myers and C. Myers
Added February 21, 2011
Be Boy Buzz Bell Hooks
Whoever You Are* Mem Fox
Mama Panya’s Pancakes Mary and Rich Chamberlin
The Hello, Goodbye Window Norton Juster
Say Hello Rachel Isadora
Skin Again Bell Hooks
Yo! Yes Chris Raschka
Families Are Different Nina Pellegrini (Adoption)
Elsina’s Clouds Jeanette Winter (South Africa)
Busy Fingers C.W. Bowie
All of Me Molly Bang
Motherbridge of Love Anonymous (Adoption)
The Family Book Todd Parr
Wangari’s Trees of Peace Jeanette Winter (Kenya)
* The best of the best.