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Research shows that children need to have access to books that reflect their own ethnicities to develop healthy self-esteem, and children also need to have access to books with characters of other ethnicities in order to develop a respect for society's rich diversity. The titles below are excellent examples of books that reflect African and African-American characters in positive, authentic ways. Enjoy enhancing your home and classroom libraries with these titles. You may click on the underlined names of authors for biographical information, or you may click on the underlined titles for links to lesson plans for that title.

Kindergarten Titles
Author Title Pub. Date
Aardema, Verna Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain 1992
Aardema, Verna Who's in Rabbit's House?: A Masai Tale 1992
Adler, David A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. 1991
Adler, David A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman 1993
Aliki Mummies Made in Egypt 1985
Bang, Molly Ten, Nine, Eight 1991
Bryan, Ashley Beautiful Blackbird 2002
Bryan, Ashley Ashley Bryan's ABC of African American Poetry 2001
Coleman, Evelyn To Be a Drum 2004
Cosby, Bill The Meanest Thing to Say 1997
Cosby, Bill The Best Way to Play 1997
Cosby, Bill The Treasure Hunt 1997
Crews, Donald Shortcut 1996
Crews, Donald Bigmama's 1998
Diakite, Baba The Hatseller and the Monkeys 1999
Dillon, Leo and Diane Rap A Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles - Think of That 2002
Falwell, Cathryn Feast for 10 1995
Feelings, Muriel L. Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book 1992
Feelings, Muriel L. Moja Means One 1976
Freeman, Don A Pocket for Corduroy 1980
Greenfield, Eloise Friendly Four 2006
Greenfield, Eloise Grandpa's Face 1996
Hadithi Tricky Tortoise 2005
Haley, Gail E. A Story, A Story 1988
Hamilton, Virginia The People Could Fly: The Picture Book and CD 2007
Holt, Lenny How Many Stars in the Sky? 1997
Howard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald Aunt Flossie's Hats (And Crab Cakes Later) 2001
Hudson, Katura J. Afro-Bets Quotes for Kids: Words for Kids to Live By 2004
Hudson, Wade and Culverson, Blair Afro Bets Kids: I'm Gonna Be 1992
Johnson, Angela Do Like Kyla 1993
Johnson, Angela Daddy Calls Me Man 2000
Johnson, Angela Wind Flyers 2007
Keats, Ezra Jack Goggles! 1969
Keats, Ezra Jack Peter's Chair 1998
Keats, Ezra Jack The Snowy Day 1980
Keats, Ezra Jack Whistle for Willie 1977
Kimmel, Eric A. Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock 1990
Kroll, Virginia Masai and I 1997
Lester, Julius Tale of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit 2006
McDermott, Gerald Anansi the Spider 1987
McKissack, Patricia Flossie and the Fox 1986
McKissack, Patricia Louis Armstrong: Jazz Musician 2001
Musgrove, Margaret Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions 1992
Onyefulu, Ifeoma Emeka's Gift: An African Counting Book 1999
Pilkey, Dav The Paperboy 1999
Pinkney, Brian Max Found Two Sticks 2005
Pinkney, Brian Hush, Little Baby 2005
Reid, Robin Thank You, Dr. King 2003
Ringgold, Faith Tar Beach 1996
Roberts, Brenda C. Jazzy Miz Mozetta 2004
San Souci, Robert D. Sukey and the Mermaid 1996
San Souci, Robert D. The Hired Hand 2005
Smalls, Irene and Michael Hays Jonathan and His Mommy 1995
Washington, Donna L. The Story of Kwanzaa 1997
Williams, Karen Lynn Galimoto 1991
Williams, Vera B. Cherries and Cherry Pits 1988
Williams, Vera B. Music, Music for Everyone 1988
Williams, Vera B. More, More, More Said the Baby 1996
Yardbrough, Camille Cornrows 1997
First Grade
Author Title Pub. Date
Aardema, Verna Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears 1992
Aardema, Verna Koi and the Kola Nuts: A Tale From Liberia 2002
Aardema, Verna Rabbit Makes a Monkey of Lion: A Swahili Tale 1993
Adler, David A. A Picture Book of Jackie Robinson 1997
Adler, David A. A Picture Book of Frederick Douglass 1995
Bang, Molly Garrett Wiley and the Hairy Man 2001
Burleigh, Robert Langston's Train Ride 2004
Caines, Jeanette Franklin Just Us Women 1982
Cosby, Bill The Meanest Thing to Say 1997
Cosby, Bill My Big Lie 1999
Cosby, Bill The Worst Day of My Life 1999
Diakite, Baba Wague The Hunterman and the Crocodile 1997
Dillon, Leo and Diane Rap A Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles - Think of That 2002
DuBurke, Randy The Moon Ring 2002
Feelings, Muriel L. Zamani Goes to Market 1992
Feelings, Tom and Eloise Greenfield Daydreamers 1993
Flournoy, Valerie 1985
Greenfield, Eloise She Come Bringing Me Tht Little Baby Girl 1993
Grifalconi, Ann Village of Round an Square Houses 1986
Grimes, Nikki Meet Danitra Brown 1997
Havill, Juanita Jamaica's Find 1987
Havill, Juanita Jamaica and Brianna 1996
Hoffman, Mary Amazing Grace 1991
Hru, Dakari Joshua's Masai Mask 1996
Kamma, Anne If You Lived When There Was Slavery in America 2004
Keats, Ezra Jack Apt. 3 1999
Keats, Ezra Jack The Snowy Day 1980
Kimmel, Eric A. Anansi and the Talking Melon 1995
Kimmel, Eric A. Anansi and the Magic Stick 2002
King, Martin Luther I Have a Dream 2007
Krull, Kathleen Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman 2000
Lindbergh, Reeve Nobody Owns the Sky: The Story of Brave Bessie Coleman 1996
McDermott, Gerald Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa 1998
McKissack, Patricia The Honest to Goodness Truth 2002
McKissack, Patricia Goin' Someplace Special 2001
Miller, William Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree 1995
Morrison, Toni Remember: The Journey to School Integration 2004
Nolen, Jerdine Thunder Rose 2003
Polacco, Patricia Chicken Sunday 1998
Rappaport, Doreen Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2001
Ringgold, Faith Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky 1995
Robinson, Sandra Chisholm The Rainstick: A Fable 1994
San Souci, Robert D. Sootface: An Ojibwar Cinderella Story 1997
Schroeder, Alan Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman 2000
Schroeder, Alan Ragtime Tumpie 1993
Seeger, Pete Abiyoyo: Based on a South African Lullaby and Folk Story 1994
Smith,Will Just the Two of Us 2005
Steptoe, Javaka In Daddy's Arms, I Am Tall 2001
Stolz, Mary Storm in the Night 1990
Tarpley, Natasha Joe-Joe's First Fight 2003
Taylor, Jacqui African ABC 2005
Taylor-Butler, Christine and Devard, Nancy A Mom Like No Other 2004
Teague, Mark The Secret Shortcut 1999
Thomas, Joyce Carol Brown Honey and Broomwheat Tea 1996
Williams, Vera B. Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe 1984
Williams, Vera B. A Chair for My Mother 1984
Williams, Vera B. Something Special for Me 1986

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