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Celebrating Black Joy for Kids and Teens
These books center on portraying Black joy in characters and stories that emphasize everyday living, a wide range of feelings, and positivity through growth in identity and community.
A rhythmic, whimsically illustrated celebration of Black and brown babies and the joy, tender moments, and boundless love shared between children and their caregiver.
From sunset to bedtime, two parents lovingly care for their beautiful brown baby.
A moving tribute to the joy and grounding that fathers bring to their children's lives.
This remarkable picture book is a lyrical, inspirational exploration of growing up Black, written by award-winning illustrator Dapo Adeola, and brought to life by some of the most exciting Black artists of today.
This beloved poem by Langston Hughes, illustrated by the award-winning Sean Qualls, is an irresistible celebration of the love between mother and baby,
This board book introduces children to Langston Hughes' powerful declaration of resilience and hope.
Baby is finally asleep as Mama begins to shush the rest of the family; but when they are all finally quiet, baby wakes up and big brother realizes just what baby needs-a book!
This beautiful board book celebrates the joy, hope, and pride that a new baby brings.
A young girl leads a cast of characters on a musical journey as they learn that they have the power to make changes-big or small-in the world, in their communities, and most importantly in themselves.
Real-life cousins pay gorgeous homage to the street they grew up on and the loving community that made their childhood special.
Eight-year-old J.D. turns a tragic home haircut into a thriving barber business in this hilarious new illustrated chapter book series.
A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school-and two sisters on one's first day of hijab-by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad.
After a family hike in a nearby park, Sadiq forms the Explorers Club with his friends, who then help a neighbor create a nature-themed scavenger hunt for the Fourth of July celebration.
Granny teaches her young grandson how to cook the family meal, in this celebration of food, traditions, and gathering together at the table.
Ty can't wait to ride his new scooter, but when he has a hard time learning and wants to quit, a new friend encourages him to give it another try.
On a dreary, stuck-inside kind of day, a brother and sister heed their grandmother's advice and before they know it, their imaginations lift them up and out of their boredom.
Frustrated by a day full of teachers and classmates mispronouncing her beautiful name, a little girl tells her mother she never wants to come back to school. In response, the girl's mother teaches her about the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names on their lyrical walk home through the city.
Our favorite troublemaker is back in this graphic novel collection of wild childhood adventures set on the Ivory Coast.
From seventeen acclaimed Black male and nonbinary authors comes a vibrant collection of stories, comics, and poems about the power of joy and the wonders of Black boyhood.
Although Miles and Rhys attend the same school, they don't know each other in real life, but in the online game Mecha Melee they are triumphant besties known as Gryphon and Backslash.
Four new sisters band together to navigate the difficulties of change, the loyalty of sisters and the love of a family.
Award-winning Black authors and artists come together to create a moving anthology collection celebrating Black love, Black creativity, Black resistance, and Black life.
Twelve-year old Joy dreams of writing music for the movies, but first she has to survive her family's move into a small apartment when her father loses his job.
Twelve-year-old Xavier Moon gets the courage to step out of the shadows when his great-uncle gives him some outlandish socks and some even stranger requests.
When Jayden and his teammates find out there's not going to be a Hoop Group this year--and maybe ever again--they have to learn to lean on each other if they want to save their basketball season.
In the summer before fifth grade, Ryan Hart continues to grow through changes and challenges, such as waiting for a new baby sister to be born, a summer camp trip, and more.
Six critically acclaimed, bestselling, and award-winning authors bring the glowing warmth and electricity of Black teen love to this interlinked novel of charming, hilarious, and heartwarming stories that shine a bright light through the dark.
Sixteen-year-old Alex Rufus's curse of seeing the future distracts him from being and doing his best, but when he sees his little brother Isaiah's imminent death, he races against time, death, and circumstances to save him.
Take a deep breath. It's essential for Black women and Black teen girls to understand that taking a break to focus on mental health is bravery. You are incredible and enough.
This powerful novel-in-verse captures one girl, caught between cultures, on an unexpected journey to face the ephemeral girl she might have been. This is a tender meditation on family, belonging, and home.
Written in a voice that's alternately humorous, lacerating, and wise, Long Division features two interwoven stories that take place in two different years (think time travel) where the main character, City Coldson, discovers the key to a young girl's disappearance.
A curated anthology celebrating short fiction featuring a wide range of unique voices that explore the thin yet imperative line between Black girlhood and womanhood.
Lenore Bennett meets a hopeless romantic with a ten-year plan who helps her find something she's been looking for-love. An irresistible YA romantic comedy full of self-discovery and Black love-and a dreamy European cruise.
George M. Johnson captures the unique experience of growing up as a Black boy in America through rich family stories that explore themes of vulnerability, sacrifice, and culture.
A teen girl reeling from the scars of a past relationship finds healing and hope in the words of strong Black writers and the new community she builds in Brooklyn, New York.