As a mother of two beautiful and SMART little black girls, I hold the tremendous and scary responsibility of making sure they grow up to be confident black women. Amara and Juliet have a passion for literature (I swear it’s not forced… just a tiny bit LOL). I believe it is a very strong communicator and I want them to be able to see girls like them in their books. Although we have a large collection of black girl books, they chose their favorites.
Amara and Juliet’s top 8 picture books for black girl magic:
Happy Hair Written & Illustrated by Mechal Renee RoeAmara and Juliet love flipping through the pages of this beautifully bright colored book as they learn about a range of different hairstyles, all of which are beautiful. They become empowered as they keep affirming “I love Myself” on every page!
Mary Had A Little Glam by Tammi Sauer Amara and Juliet love the spin put on this Mother Goose classic. They looooove how glamours Mary is. But Amara’s favorite part is when Mary knows the balance between play time and dress up.
I Love My Hair! by Natasha Anastasia TarpleyThe little girl in this story uses beautiful metaphors to describe her hair. My girls love when she talks about her hair being “free” because that’s their favorite style as well.
Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinnThis story is Amara’s favorite. She loves how much Lola loves the library and reading. Lola and her mother both share a passion for books. Learn about Lola’s favorite part of the library and other adventures Lola goes on. This will get your child super excited about the library.
Tar Beach by Faith RinggoldThis story is a true work of art, rich in culture. Factual events in the author’s life are told through the eyes of a fictional character, Cassie. My girls love how Cassie can “fly” all over the city and fix all of her problems simply by believing. Filled with beautiful art and imagination, this is a must!
Emi’s Curly, Coily, Cotton Candy Hair by Tina OlajideEmi goes through her full routine on how her mother washes and styles her hair. My girls love this because they can relate with her routine. Emi loves the beauty of every single curl and will influence the same love in your baby girl.
Big Hair, Don’t Care by Crystal Swain-BatesMy girls find this book very funny. They love how Lola dares everyone to sit behind her since she has really big hair. This is a common situation they usually deal with in class. They love her confidence and acceptance of her big hair. This story is a true big hair celebration!
Chocolatey Brown by Stephanie FlearyMy girls completely fell in love with this story. It teaches self-love and feeling beautiful in the skin you are in, as well as who you are. There is also an awesome surprise at the end of the story. You’ll love the positive affirmations, the girls loved them since they have similar ones! This is a must in your little one’s library!
Let us know your favorites !