Bibliographic resources predominantly featuring books and related resources for Black boys with a concentration on the formative years for librarians, teachers and parents.

Ages 0 thru Toddler

Blackstone, Stella. (2015). Baby Talk. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Barefoot Books

Katz, Karen. (2013). The Babies on the Bus. (2013). New York, New York: Henry Holt and Co.

Kindersley, Dorling. P. (2008). Baby Touch and Feel: Animals. London, England: DK Children

Nagara, Innosanto. (2013). A is For Activist. New York, New York: Triangle Square

Henkes, Kevin. (2010). A Good Day. New York, New York: Greenwillow Books

Brown, Wise. Brown. (2007). Good Night Moon Board Book. New York, New York: Harper Festival

Star Bright Books. (2011). My Face Book. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Star Bright Books

Kubler, Annie. (2011). What Can I Feel? Auburn, Maine: Child’s Play International

Isadora, Rachel, (2008). Peekaboo Morning. New York, New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books

Allen, Kathryn. (2016). Shoe Me Happy. Park Ridge, Illinois: Albert Whitman and Co.

Ages Toddler thru Five

Kleber, Don. (2016). More-igami. Somerville, Massachusetts: Candlewick

Bluemele, Elizabeth. (2014). Tap Tap Boom Boom. Somerville, Massachusetts: Candlewick

Asim, Jabari. (2016). Preaching to the Chickens. New York, New York: Penguin Random House

Smiley, Jane. (2016). Twenty Yawns. New York, New York: Two Lions

Barrow, David. (2016). Have You Seen My Elephant? Wellington, Australia: Gecko Press

Allen, Debbie. (2001). Brothers of the Knight. City of Westminster, London: Puffin Books

De la Pena, Matt. (2015). Last Stop on Market Street. New York, New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Thompson, Ann. (2015). Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Osfu Yeboah. Canada: Schwartz and Wade

Keller, Laurie. (2016). Grandpa Gazillions Number Yard. New York, New York: Square Fish

Steptoe, Javaka. (2016). Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean Michel Basquiat. New York, New York: Little Brown Books

Ages Five thru Eight

Hamilton, Virginia. (1993). The People Could Fly. New York, New York, Knopf Books

Whitehead, Kathy. (2008). Art From Her Heart. New York, New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Shabazz, IIyasah. (2014). Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X. New York, New York: Antheneum Books

Jabbar, Abdul-Kareem. (2013). What Color is My World? Somerville, Massachusetts: Candlewick

Boelts, Maribeth. (2009). Those Shoes. Somerville, Massachusetts: Candlewick

Nelson, Micheaux. Vaunda. (2015). The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth and Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Carolrhoda Books

Byrant, Jen. (2013). A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin. New York, New York: Knopf Books

Weatherford, Boston. Carol. (2015), Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America. Park Ridge, Illinois: Albert Whitman and Co.

Carrick, Laban. (2013). When the Beat was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop. New York, New York: Roaring Book Press

Sanders, Nancy. (2007). A Kids Guide to African American History: More Than 70 Activities. Chicago, Illinois: Chicago Review Press

Ages Eight thru Eleven

Henry, Patrik. (2014). The Zero Degree Zombie Zone. New York, New York: Scholastic

Wells, Marcia. (2014). Eddie Red Undercover Mystery on Museum Mile. New York, New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Booth, Coe. (2015). Kinda Like Brothers. New York, New York: Scholastic

Jabbar, Kareem-Abdul. (2013). Sasquatch in the Paint. New York, New York: Disney Hyperion Books

Jabbar, Kareem-Abdul. (2015). Stealing the Game. New York, New York: Disney Hyperion Books

Patterson, James. (2015). Public School Superhero. New York, New York: Jimmy Patterson

Park, Linda-Sue. (2010). A Long Walk to Water. New York, New York: Clarion Books

Novak, Robby and Montague, Brad. (2016). Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome. New York, New York: HarperCollins

Pickney, Brian and Andrea. (2010). Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down. New York, New York: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Related Online Sources for parents, teachers and librarians

Parents and Children
Bino and Fino African Culture
Rodney Racoon
PBS Kids
Smithsonian EducationTime For Kids Black History Month

Classic African American Children’s Books

Librarians and Teachers
CBC Diversity
Diversity in Children’s Books


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