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.
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.
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.
Carol Olivia Clementine lives with Mama Rose. Mama Rose is tender and sweet. She is also as stern and demanding as any good parent should be. Though Carol Olivia misses her mother and father, Mama Rose becomes her “home.” And Carol Olivia concludes that she loves her “just like a mama.” You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.
Seven-year-old Layla divulges many things that make her happy, especially her family and their community garden.
Each letter of the alphabet contains affirming, Black-positive messages, from A is for Afro, to F is for Fresh, to W is for Worthy. This book teaches children their ABCs while encouraging them to love the skin that they’re in.
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.