When students can see themselves in their learning materials, they are more likely to thrive. Black students especially deserve stories that go beyond those that portray suffering; stories telling joy, love, and magic by and about Black authors should be part of every classroom.
So this Black History Month, we've curated a list of Black Authors for your classroom. Not just any books, books created by Black moms. Check out these titles and suggest your own below!
What Did We Miss, by Tiffany Semmons
A humorous ode to frustrated parents and their curious children that uses rhythm, rhyme, and repetition to help the whole family settle down for the night.
Written in the Stars for You, by Tyranika Abrams
With both inspiration and a nostalgic feel, Written in the Stars for You celebrates the God-given purpose of each child.
Dear Little Brown Girl, by Jenelle Dunn
A beautifully empowering story filled with positive affirmations to help build the self-esteem, spirits and imagination of little girls everywhere.
My Beads and Me, by Amber T. Bogan
This rhythmic, self-affirming picture book to every little girl with extra flare and beads in her hair, a common "coming-of-age" tradition within African American culture.
B is for Breathe, by Dr. Melissa Munro Boyd
From the letter A to the letter Z, B is for Breathe celebrates the many ways children can express their feelings and develop coping skills at an early age.
Mr. Maloof, by Danielle Marietta
A humorously goofy reminder of the importance of staying young at heart.
Noah James the Rodeo King, by Keylonda Wheeler
Diabetes is brought to the forefront through the story of an adventurous, humorous, and confident cowboy.