Picture Books Featuring African Americans

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Find in Fiction: Picture Books

As an old man grumbles his way through a rainy morning, spreading gloom, his neighbor, a young child, spreads cheer while hopping through puddles in frog-themed rainwear.
An excited and frustrated boy watches hopefully as wintry weather develops slowly into a 'big snow.’
In rhyming text, a little girl expresses confidence and joy in her uniqueness, no matter her outward appearance.
James Banning, along with his co-pilot Thomas Allen, make history by becoming the first African Americans to fly across the United States.
One day in 1959, nine-year-old Ron McNair, who dreams of becoming a pilot, walks into the public library and insists on checking out some books, despite the rule that only white people can have library cards.
A young boy who likes to "wokka-wokka, shimmy-shake, and shocka-shocka" gathers his neighbors together for a surprise celebration.
When it begins to rain and storm on the day of her big parade, Jazmin stomps, shouts, and does all she can think of to drive the rain away.
Momma describes the special people and surroundings of her childhood, in a place where the edge of town met the countryside, in a time when all the children at school were brown.
A child considers how Grandfather is the perfect person to spend time with because he is never in a hurry.
Helped by her father, a young girl prepares a flower garden as a birthday surprise for her mother.
Most people leave the park when rain begins to fall, while others enjoy the sights, sounds, and feel of the cool water--until thunder and lightning come near.
When the rain keeps Mariah and Joy confined to the indoors, they create a magic map and go on a fantastic imaginary voyage.
A young farm girl tries to catch her favorite chicken, until she learns something about the hen that makes her change her ways.
Jomar greets his neighbors using slang, but his grandfather wants to hear some more traditional words.
When Lily Brown paints, she imagines all sorts of fantastic things in the scenes that she sees every day.
Lottie Paris goes to the library, her favorite place in the world, and makes a new friend for whom the library is also a special place.
Two toddlers have fun with their puppy.
Bill "Doc" Key, a former slave who became a veterinarian, trained his horse to recognize letters and numbers and to perform in skits around the country, moving the nation toward a belief in treating animals humanely.

Lulu, who loves animals, brings an abandoned duck egg to school, even though her teacher has banned Lulu from bringing animals to school ever again.

Home alone with a stomachache while the family works in the fields, a young girl faces up to the horrifying Boo Hag that her brother warned her about.
Every Tuesday Lola and her mother visit their local library to return and check out books, attend story readings, and share a special treat.
An African-American man tells his grandson about a time when, despite all the wonderful things his hands could do, they could not touch bread at the Wonder Bread factory. Based on stories of bakery union workers.
Two friends try to outdo each other on the basketball court in an out-of-this-world game of H.O.R.S.E.
Unusual from the day she is born, Thunder Rose performs all sorts of amazing feats, including building fences, taming a stampeding herd of steers, capturing a gang of rustlers, and turning aside a tornado.
Photographs and poetic text celebrate the beauty and diversity of African American children.
Six-year-old Lily has a best friend all picked out for play group day, but unfortunately the differences between first-graders and second-graders are sometimes very large.
A young boy who loves to sniff the lemon whiff and to clink the dishes in the sink helps his Pop Pop bake a cake.
For homework Kenya has to choose her favorite song, but there are so many different kinds of music in her community that she has a hard time deciding.
With a clap of his tiny hands and tap of his teeny feet, a musically-inclined baby inspires his finger-snapping sister, scat-singing granny, soft-shoe dancing uncle, and the rest of his loving family to get in on the fun!
Takes readers (and listeners) on a rollicking, clanging, clapping tour through the many sounds that fill a neighborhood.

Find in the Nonfiction Section

A sweet little girl meets a hungry wolf in the forest while on her way to visit her grandmother.
. A Southern folktale in which kind Rose, following the instructions of an old witch, gains riches, while her greedy sister makes fun of the old woman and is duly rewarded.
  • My People by Langston Hughes in JP 811.54 Hughes
Langston Hughes's spare but eloquent tribute to his people has been cherished for generations. Acclaimed photographer Charles R. Smith, Jr. interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs.
LA collection of poems, including "Golden Goodness," "Cranberry Red," and "Biscuit Brown," celebrating individuality and Afro-American identity.