These Books Help Your Black Child Make Sense Of The World

Brooke Brown
October 11, 2019

Every parent wants to raise intelligent self-aware children. 

But Black parents, in particular, struggle to find age-appropriate ways to discuss things like police brutality, loving your dark skin and gravity-defying curls, and even which college will support their child best. Thankfully, these five books can help. 

Your toddler will love their beautiful Black skin and hair with books like “Sulwe” by actress Lupita N’yongo and “Hair Love” by Matthew A. Cherry (Ages 4-8). 

It’s never too early to talk about the benefits of higher education, and HBCU attendance especially. 

Try reading the “College Project” by Morgan Cruise and schedule a college visit to inspire your elementary or middle school student. (Ages 7-12) 

“Dear Martin” by Nic Stone tells the story of Justyce McAllister, a bright young boy on track to attend an Ivy League school. 

But a scary run-in with the criminal justice system inspires him to pen letters to Martin Luther King, Jr. as he questions whether any of King’s teachings apply in today’s social climate. (Ages 14-18) 

Sadly, “The Talk” about precautions to take when encountering the police is still painfully relevant. 

In “Momma, Did You Hear The News?” author Sanya Gragg includes a memorable mantra to help Black young people remember what to do and not do in the presence of police. (All ages)

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