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NBCDI’s Black History Month Book Recommendations

the National Black Child Institute
By the National Black Child Institute

In celebration of Black History Month, the National Black Child Institute (NBCDI) shares a great list of culturally relevant and developmentally appropriate books parents and caregivers can share with little ones.


Girl of Mine – Jabari Asim

Girl of Mine by Jabari Asim reinforces the importance of parents using opportunities like bedtime to talk with little ones. The father in the story uses “Rock-a-bye Baby” to engage with his daughter as she prepares for bed.

  

 

Bright Eyes, Brown Skin – Cheryl Willis Hudson and Bernette G. Ford

Bright Eyes, Brown Skin by Cheryl Willis Hudson and Bernette G. Ford speaks positive affirmations to little Black and Brown children that their unique features are beautiful. It helps children understand that although we are all different, we should all be confident in our skin.

  

 

Every Little Thing: Based on the song 'Three Little Birds' – Bob Marley and Cedella Marley

Every Little Thing by Bob Marley and Cedella Marley teaches children how to manage difficult situations. It shows the main character adapting to a variety of situations with ease.

  

 

Bippity Bop Barbershop – Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and E. B. Lewis

Bippity Bop Barbershop by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and E. B. Lewis teaches children that as they encounter fearful situations, the adults in their lives will be there to help them navigate through their fear to places of bravery. 

  

 

Naturally Me – Crystal Swain-Bates

Naturally Me by Crystal Swain-Bates promotes high self-esteem in children. The two main characters have distinguishing features that they are shown embracing, teaching children to love the reflection they see in the mirror.