One of the pleasures of reading children’s literature is that, increasingly, there’s a wonderful selection of books written by authors of color and featuring children from diverse backgrounds. As booksellers and parents, it’s exciting to introduce young readers and teens to characters and experiences both new and familiar to them. In reading, nothing beats that first magical moment when you recognize yourself in someone else’s words; and it is equally flooring to find that your world is suddenly far more complex and varied than you realized.
Here are just a few of our favorite recent children’s books, for kids in preschool through high school. For more reading recommendations, visit our Black History Month landing page
by Matthew A. Cherry and Vashti Harrison