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Books are mirrors and windows for kids. While it’s important for Black kids to see themselves in books, it’s equally important for white families to read books with characters of all colors who are just kids being kids, as well as stories of empowered, successful Black people. Here are a few of our favorites. Look here for kids’ books about activism. 

The Undefeated

Alexander, Kwame author.

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I Am Enough

Byers, Grace, author.

Shares a story of loving who you are, respecting others and being kind to one another.

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My Hair is a Garden

Cabrera, Cozbi A. author, illustrator.

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Hair Love

Cherry, Matthew A. author.

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New Kid

Craft, Jerry author, illustrator.

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Island Born

Díaz, Junot, 1968- author.

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Not Quite Snow White

Franklin, Ashley author.

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Black is a Rainbow Color

Joy, Angela, 1975- author.

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Mora, Oge author, illustrator.

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Nyong'o, Lupita author.

When five-year-old Sulwe's classmates make fun of her dark skin, she tries lightening herself to no avail, but her encounter with a shooting star helps her understand there is beauty in every shade.

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Let it Shine

Pinkney, Andrea Davis

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A Good Kind of Trouble

Ramée, Lisa Moore author.

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Ghost Boys

Rhodes, Jewell Parker author.

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Genesis Begins Again

Williams, Alicia, 1970- author.

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