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.

The Day You Begin

Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself, but later he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.

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

Spend the day with Mimi and her granddaughter in this charming picture book about the magic found in Mimi’s favorite accessory, perfect for readers who love How to Babysit a Grandma !

When Grandma Mimi comes to visit, she always brings warm hugs, sweet treats…and her purse. You never know what she’ll have in there–fancy jewelry, tokens from around the world, or something special just for her granddaughter. It might look like a normal bag from the outside, but Mimi and her granddaughter know that it’s pure magic!

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.

Hands Up!

A young girl lifts her hands up in a series of everyday moments before finally raising her hands in resistance at a protest march.

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.

It's Shoe Time!

If you choose to wear unmatched shoes, can they still be a pair?

Mae Among the Stars

Mae wanted to be an astronaut. She dreamed of dancing in space. She imagined herself surrounded by billions of stars, floating, gliding, and discovering. Her parents encouraged her, saying, “If you believe it, and work hard for it, anything is possible.” This encouragement, along with Mae’s own curiosity, intelligence, and determination, paved the way for her to become the first African American woman to travel in space.

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.

Princess Hair

Little girls pretending to be princesses celebrate the different shapes, textures, and styles of their black hair.

Thank You, Omu!

When the aroma of Omu’s homemade stew fills the air, her neighbors arrive, one by one, for a taste until all is gone except for her generous spirit.

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.