13 Book Recommendations for Kids Ages 3-12 With African American Characters


Yesterday I wrote about my ongoing search for chapter books for my kids with African American protagonists. I have only just begun to look, so I cannot personally recommend all the books on this list. But from asking other parents, librarians, and teachers, here are a few books for three different young age groups that you might enjoy with your children:

Ages 3-5:

The Boy Who Didn’t Believe in Spring by Lucille Clifton
“Two skeptical city boys set out to find spring which they’ve heard is “just around the corner”.

Corduroy by Don Freeman
“This story of a small teddy bear waiting on a department store shelf for a child’s friendship has appealed to young readers generation after generation.”

Sugar Plum Ballerinas by Whoopi Goldberg and Deborah Underwood
“Alexandrea Petrakova Johnson does not want to be a beautiful ballerina, and she does not want to leave her friends in Apple Creek. Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop her ballet-crazy mother from moving them to Harlem, or from enrolling Al at the Nutcracker School of Ballet. ”

The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats
“No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child’s wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever.”

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SOURCE: Christianity Today
Amy Julia Becker