Celebrating Everyday Experiences of Black Children and Families

By Monica C. RSS Thu, February 6, 2020

Back in 2018, Denene Milner, children’s book writer and publisher, wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times lamenting the scarcity of children’s books that "celebrate the humanity and everyday experiences of black children and families." 

She has a point. The demand has always been there. And so has the reality of underrepresentation of diverse characters in children’s literature.

During Black History Month, the tendency is to highlight books that cover the struggle and resilience of African Americans in our country, from slavery to civil rights. That is important – these books are necessary and critical for the understanding and recognition of their American experience. But children need more than that. They also need to see themselves in everyday life, see themselves in the pages of the books they read in school, at the library, and at home. They need to see themselves in stories that resemble their own lives.

This February, as we celebrate and honor Black History Month, check out this catalog list of books that do just that: celebrate the everyday experiences of black children and their families.

What are some of your favorites? Let us know in the comments!


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This is a book list I've been looking for! I have twin 3 year olds and I'm tried of reading "The Snowy Day" and am constantly looking for books with characters that look like us. Thanks for sharing!
Camille - East Oak Lane - Philadelphia
Thursday, February 6, 2020

So happy to hear you found it helpful! We will keep adding new titles to the list :-)
Monica C. - Philadelphia
Thursday, February 6, 2020

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firma rehberi - istanbul
Friday, February 7, 2020

This list is excellent, and so very needed. Thank you so much for helping our family find new books to read! Books like this aren't easy to find.
Jamie B. - Philadelphia
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Thank you for sharing this excellent book list! I also really love "When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree," by Jamie Deenihan and "Tomorrow Most Likely," by Dave Eggers.
Shari K. - West Philly
Thursday, February 27, 2020

Great recommendations, thank you! I've added them to the list.
Monica C. - Philadelphia
Thursday, February 27, 2020