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.

B Is for Baby

One morning after breakfast, Baby’s big brother is getting ready to take the basket of bananas all the way to Baba’s bungalow in the next village. He’ll have to go along the bumpy road, past the baobab trees, birds, and butterflies, and all the way over the bridge. But what he doesn’t realize is that his very cute, very curious baby sibling has stowed away on his bicycle.

Baby Says

This board book shows the love between an energetic baby and his older brother. Families of all shapes and sizes can enjoy this story.

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.

Homemade Love

A girl who is Girlpie to her mama and Honey Bun Chocolate Dewdrop to her daddy savors the warmth and love of her family.

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.

Nighttime Symphony

Baby falls asleep to a thunderstorm in the city, where all of the sounds blend together into a lullaby.

Puppy Truck

Carter gets a truck instead of a much wanted puppy, but he soon discovers his new toy is just as fun and rascally as a pet.

Welcome, Precious

Illustrations and text welcome a new baby to some of life’s delights, from “the glistening mystery of soap bubbles” to “the swish of leaves in the breeze.”