African American Identity & Everyday Life: Books for Babies & Toddlers

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Babies and toddlers enjoy looking at faces in books. When we share pictures of people of diverse races and cultures, seeing positive images of different looks, lives and experiences can help children feel good about themselves and those around them. When babies and toddlers feel connected to racially diverse characters, positive racial identity development can begin. To learn more about positive racial identity development in early education, take a look at the Understanding PRIDE in Pittsburgh report.

Be Boy Buzz

Celebrates being Bold, All Bliss Boy, All Bad Boy Beast, Boy running, Boy Jumping, Boy Sitting Down, and being in Love With Being a Boy.

I Love My Hair!

A young African American girl describes the different, wonderful ways she can wear her hair.

Leo Gets a Checkup

When Dad takes Leo to visit the doctor, Leo learns to wait his turn, sit quietly while his eyes and ears are checked, and be brave during a shot.

Love is a Truck

Celebrates a child’s love for a variety of trucks, from fire engines to cement mixers to ice cream trucks.

Max and the Tag-Along Moon

When Max leaves his grandfather’s house, the moon follows him all the way home, just as Grandpa promised it would.

Welcome, Precious

Although young babies may not understand the lyrical text or truly appreciate the amazing artwork, children of all ages appreciate the sense of being cherished, welcomed and loved, so start out reading this beautiful book to your baby and keep on reading it together as the years fly by.