African American Identity & Everyday Life: Books for Preschoolers

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When children read about people they encounter in everyday life, their understanding of the world around them expands. Reading stories and seeing images that reflect themselves contributes to positive self-image. Books can help children feel comfortable talking with caregivers about race, ethnicity and noticed differences. Caregivers and educators can use these titles to begin that dialogue while promoting positive racial identity development. To learn more about positive racial identity development in early education, take a look at the Understanding PRIDE in Pittsburgh report.


A young girl and her cat take an imaginative journey into another world.

Big Hair, Don't Care

Lola has curly hair which is much bigger than that of other kids at her school, but she tells anyone who listens how much she loves her hair. Designed to boost self-esteem and build confidence, this book is aimed at boys and girls who may need a reminder that it’s okay to look different from the other kids at their school.

A Boy Like You

Encourages every boy to embrace all of the things that make him unique, and to be curious, brave, kind, thoughtful, and more.

Don't Touch My Hair

Aria loves her soft and bouncy hair, but must go to extremes to avoid people who touch it without permission until, finally, she speaks up.

Grandma's Purse

When Grandma Mimi comes to visit, her granddaughter cannot wait to see what treasures she has hidden in her purse.

Grandma's Tiny House : A Counting Story!

In rhyming text, when the whole family and guests show up for the big dinner at Grandma’s house, it becomes clear that the house is much too small to hold them all.

Hip-Hop Lollipop

In this rhyming tale, follow a little girl named Lollipop as she moves, swings, and grooves her way through her bedtime routine until she finally closes her eyes and dances through her dreams.

I Am Enough

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

The King of Kindergarten

Instilled with confidence by his parents, a young boy has a great first day of kindergarten.

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.

Mommy's Khimar

A young Muslim girl puts on a head scarf and not only feels closer to her mother, she also imagines herself as a queen, the sun, a superhero, and more.

One Word from Sophia

All Sophie wants for her birthday is a pet giraffe, but as she tries to convince different members of her rather complicated family to support her cause, each tells her she is using too many words until she finally hits on the perfect one.

What If...

A child who likes to draw and write stories imagines what would happen if there were no pencils, paper, or other tools for being creative.