African American Books That Teaches Children to Love Themselves

As a young black girl, I struggled with loving myself. I hated my color, my hair, and all the stigmas that came along with being a young black little girl. It took me a long time to love being black and I knew that I didn’t want that for my four daughters. I didn’t find out about the self-love books for African-American children until well after my second child, but it’s okay cause I taught my girls how beautiful their black was. Now that I know they have these books I read them to my youngest and even to my oldest and self to help us all understand that we are just as beautiful and the greatness of our black.

Books teaching African-American children to love themselves and how awesome they are

I want to share with you some of the books that we enjoy and some that I have found helpful for each of my girls. This list varies in age range but you the parent can read it to them and believe me when I say your child will understand and what they don’t understand, they will ask you about (and we all know I love books that get my girls to asking questions).


Marvelous Me: Inside and Out (All About Me) by Lisa Bullard
This is not a skin tone book, but more a book about just simply loving you no matter what. We are all the same yet we all have something different about us that we need to learn to love.


Big Hair, Don’t Care by Crystal Swain-Bates
The titles say exactly what this book is about. This book is great for teaching your child to love the hair that they have.


Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen
This book addresses the fact that negative comments will always be made cause that is just a part of life. This book will help your child to look beyond all that and with your own high self-esteem what others say won’t even matter. We love us some Sassy in this book!


I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl! by Betty K Bynum
No matter the shade, size, hair you are a pretty little black girl. We loved this book, my four girls are all a different shade and each is different in size but they each love themselves. This book helps a child to love them and to teach others to love themselves and not compare to another.


I Love My Hair! by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
You have seen this book on my blog and Instagram numerous times because we can’t stop reading this book. Combing out hair is painful but once it’s done the hair is fierce and the kids usually love it.


I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont
What’s on the outside doesn’t matter as much as what’s on the inside. This book teaches about what is really important about a person. they will learn to see past the exterior.


We’re Different, We’re the Same by Bobbi Kates
This book is very repetitive but it gets the job done of showing that even though we are different we are still the same with the help of Sesame Street characters.


Emi’s Curly Coily, Cotton Candy Hair by tina Olajide
This book teaches about hair care. While we have a different hair care routine it shows my girls that caring for your hair is important.


Color My Fro: A Natural Hair Coloring Book for Big Hair Lovers of All Ages by Crystal Swain-Bates
This was the first coloring book that my girls has ever had that all the characters were just like them. There are fairies, princesses, models and they all look like my girls with big hair.


Penny and the Magic Puffballs by Alonda Williams
You might have seen this book on my Twitter before because one of the girls was the only little black girl in her class and all the girls had long straight hair. This book helped my daughter learn to love her PowerPuffs again.

These are a few books that we have read that has helped us when at times we felt our self-love fading when we have found ourselves comparing to others, we when have just hated what was different about us. These books are great for all races when you read the message, but it helps my girls to see someone in a book that looks somewhat like them.

You can find all of these books and more on my Being Black Rocks Booklist.


Books teaching African-American children to love themselves and how awesome they are

13 Responses to African American Books That Teaches Children to Love Themselves

  1. Lowanda J says:

    This is a great list of books and a great post to share! I learned about a few new ones and was aware of many. I would add one to your list that was just published last year by a 12 year old… I Am Not The Hair I Wear by Aisley Bosier. Great read. Thanks for sharing at #MMBH

  2. GinaB says:

    Great post. I’ve read a few of these books with my little girl and I’m happy to have more to share with her. We will be keeping our eyes out for the coloring book. Genius! and pinning this post and the other post mentioned to our pinterest book list. Thanks a bunch. visiting from #MMBH

  3. Alison says:

    What a great list of beautiful books!

  4. Diana says:

    What a great list. Thank you for putting this together. Great books for teachers to include in classroom libraries as well as parents.

  5. Oh what a wonderful collection! I’m adding these to our reading list.
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  6. Lowanda J says:

    This is a great selection of books. I would add I’m not the Hair I Wear by Aisley Bosier. You will love it. She wrote in last year when she was 12.
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  7. Crystal says:

    What a great list! I’m pleased to see so many quality books in one list.
    Thank you for linking up with Mom’s Library, I’ll be featuring you next week at Castle View Academy.
    Have a great week!

  8. Mrs. AOK says:

    This is such a great collection!!
    Thank you, for sharing with us at Mommy Monday!
    We’ve pinned this to our board.

  9. Lisa Nelson says:

    Thi is really great! Really really great! Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Very nice roundup! You will be featured this week on #LaughLearnLinkup! Congrats, Haley
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